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What serves as a daily target for harassment on the heads of some Muslim women is now a fashion that western markets are tapping into for profit. According to the 2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report, Muslim consumers spent a projected $230 billion on clothing. This number is projected to more than double to $484 billion by 2019. This is more than the amount of fashion spending of Japan and Italy collectively. We’re seeing a trend that recognizes Islam’s rapid growth. Pew Research foresees that the amount of Muslims worldwide will be the same as Christians by 2050. Nike recently announced the “Pro hijab” for Muslim women, which they will begin selling in the Spring of 2018. They are the leading athletic wear company to venture out into the market of Muslim modesty. Nike’s move is definitely worthy of celebration and is long overdue. In a world regularly…

Verdah Ahmad, a junior sociology major and the Vice President of the Muslim Students’ Association at Stony Brook University, is the daughter of two Pakistani immigrants who came to America 25 years ago in the hopes of seeing their children help build the country that gave them opportunity. In this letter she expresses the challenges that the Trump administration causes for Muslims in the U.S.: On Jan. 27, I watched Donald Trump sign his fourteenth executive order in six days, wielding his glorified sharpie-sword to cut off immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries to American borders. Promising to “[establish] new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump and his administration gleamed as they augmented and consolidated the grimy gears of an Islamophobic machine that has existed in this nation for decades. As a Muslim-American, witnessing the implementation of legislation that…

President Trump is attempting to lead the nation into the most violent stage it’s been in since 9/11 with regards to the eradication of what he insists on calling, “Islamic extremism.” He is a politician like no other before him. He follows no system, viewpoint or policy. Unlike former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s debatable strategies to eliminate terrorism from the Middle East, Trump is targeting Islam in particular and attempting a modern day crusade involving the West vs. Islam. Compared to Bush and Obama’s past attempts to differentiate terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS from Islam itself, Trump has repeatedly targeted Muslims since the beginning of his campaign without any appropriate reasoning, calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” After 9/11, President Bush explained the difference between Muslims and terrorism. “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect,…

“I Am Not Your Negro” will make you wish James Baldwin was still around to witness and challenge the racial divide in our nation. Director Raoul Peck, cinematically completes the unfinished story by James Baldwin, “Remember This House.”  The book, which was only 30 pages long by the time Baldwin died in 1987, told the stories of his closest friends, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers. With the approval from the owners of Baldwin’s estate, Peck refashioned the story, while keeping the same plot line, into a narrative documentary that eloquently syncs Baldwin’s words and archived interviews narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, into a historical and present day context of what it means to be Black in America. “I Am Not Your Negro” proves that Baldwin addressed the issues of civil rights not just in writing but in peaceful demand. The film, which is nominated for an…