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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…

Whether it is taking off your shoes or removing your belt and walking into a scanner, it is clear that airports in the United States take security very seriously. Luggage, for instance, must be below a certain weight and carrying liquids have special regulations involved.  Here, I try to break down the rationale behind airport security. Based on a few personal incidents, here are a few guidelines that airports don’t tell you for ensuring safety: Speaking Arabic Whatever you do, don’t speak Arabic. Yeah, yeah it’s the fifth most common language in the world, but it’s only spoken by about 295,000,000 people. Maher Khalil and Anas Ayyad, who were born in Palestine, were asked to leave the plane because a passenger felt uneasy listening to them speak in Arabic. Ultimately, after questioning from the police, they were able to enter back onto the plane, but they knew not to speak…

Born and raised in Pakistan, Isma Chaudhry has spent the last 20 years making an active effort to dismissing falsehoods associated with Islam. “Islam is for all of humanity, there is no religious hierarchy,” Chaudhry said. “Human life is sacred, and these recent current events are extremely sad. Extremism rises from a lack of understanding the tenets of Islam.” Chaudhry, a physician by profession, is the first female president of the Islamic Center of Long Island. She has dedicated the latter part of her adult life to interfaith work, attempting to dispel the perception that Muslims are terrorists. The recent terror attacks in Brussels, which is the headquarters of the European Union, as well as in Istanbul and Nigeria have continued the global bloodshed that terrorists groups rely on to spread their message. ISIS and Boko Haram have taken credit for the events. Both organizations claim their work is in…