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By Junaed Siddiqui on Apr 27, 2015| 0 comments

Follow In the last year, media headlines across the country have been rife with controversy around sexual assault cases occurring on college campuses, and lack of initiative by these colleges to properly handle the cases. Included in this large list of universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Harvard University, University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Brown University. A study conducted in 2008 found that one in six women enrolled at Princeton experienced nonconsensual sexual contact at least once during their time at the university. The statistics of sexual assaults on college campuses are grossly deflated- after all, many survivors don’t report their traumatizing experiences at all, and some wait years...

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By Anjabeen Ashraf on Apr 20, 2015| 0 comments

Follow Men ogling and catcalling women was always unacceptable and discomforting to me. I sometimes questioned if my attire was responsible for attracting that type of attention. If I was a victim of catcalling, I would keep moving and not respond. I felt voiceless doing so, and I began to realize how the culture I grew up in created a myth that the victims are somewhat responsible for sexual assault. By culture, I don’t mean Bollywood or Lollywood; I mean a much broader culture that makes it okay for human beings to hurt other human beings.  Culture. It’s what ties us together in so many ways. It governs how we speak, what we wear, where we go, what we eat, and most importantly, our attitudes and behaviors. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about...

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By Sana Mohamed on Apr 7, 2015| 0 comments

Follow It’s the third day of your diet, and you’re craving sweets. Chocolate, ice cream, anything  sugary, carb-­loaded and definitely not a plus for your waistline. It doesn’t help that this new diet, one of several that you have tried over the years, reduces your food intake  significantly. Left hungry and on the brink of starvation, you wonder whether there is another way to eat healthy without feeling deprived. Is there a way to eat without tipping the scales? Interestingly, there is such a method that exists, and it can be linked to Islamic etiquette. Research has shown that by devising a maximum daily calorie intake, one can divide the  amount of their meals over the day, and can achieve either weight loss goals or maintain their weight. For...

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By Kamilah A. Pickett, JD, MPH on Mar 11, 2015| 1 comment

Follow Death is inevitable. It seems a macabre statement to make, but the truth of it cannot be denied. We public health and medical professionals spend our careers studying all manners of physical and mental maladies in an attempt to thwart them. Treat them. Cure or eradicate them. But death is inevitable. And so we attempt to live the healthiest lives possible. We give up saturated fats and processed sugar. We eschew red meat and load up on organic leafy greens. We hit the treadmill on our lunch breaks. We lift. We spin. We Zumba. Well, at least some of us do. But death is inevitable. Life is to be lived, and so we make friends. We marry. We raise children. We build communities of friends and family. We do those things that society expects of us as we move...

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By Meena Hasan on Mar 4, 2015| 0 comments

Follow (Article reposted from KEVIN MD.com with the permission of Author, Meena Hasan) Most mornings, I opt to take the red line commuter train from my apartment in Bethesda, Maryland to my hospital in Washington, DC. Despite the costly two-way fare, it’s a worthwhile journey because it’s a chance to observe the various other commuters making their way to all sorts of destinations. It’s a people watcher’s dream! Some look dressed to impress on Capitol Hill or in corporate offices. Others look as though they are going home after a long overnight shift. There are those happy to have found a warm train car in which to rest, CEOs studying their daily planners, and a mixture of everyone in between.  No other place in DC will one find the diversity of...

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By Tasmiha Khan, Aamir Hussain on Feb 4, 2015| 0 comments

Follow   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided American Muslims with a unique opportunity to put our faith into practice: signing up for health insurance helps us better look after our own health, as well as the health of others in our community. It is narrated in a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that “Your body has a right over you” (Sahih Muslim).  In other words, Allah has blessed and entrusted us with a physical body, and we have an obligation to take proper care of it. Indeed, dietary restrictions and the instructions to perform ablutions before any prayers indicate the importance of maintaining one’s physical health. By having the proper tools, such as health coverage, one can better afford routine appointments...

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By Khadija Gurnah on Jan 15, 2014| 2 comments

Follow In the United States, where the median income is $50,054, having no insurance or having insurance that does not cover essential health care visits means that any illness can create financial hardship. In 2007, 62.1% of bankruptcies were due to the burden of medical bills. Health insurance coverage is very important in the Muslim community as many Muslims don’t have employer provided health insurance, in fact: 20% are self-employed, 29% are under-employed and 17% are unemployed. In order to address this problem, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is working with state and federal partners across the country to make sure Muslims are aware of and connected to health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. As part of this effort,...

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