Wajahat Ali

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The burial of Aftab Hussein in Albuquerque. He was one of four Muslim men who have been killed in the area since last November. Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal, via Associated Press

In the past few weeks, most Muslims I know, including me, have felt a growing sense of dread about the news of the killings of four Muslims since November — Aftab Hussein, 41; Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27; Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, 62; and Naeem Hussain, 25 — in the Albuquerque area.

Their deaths didn’t feel random or unconnected. We learned that three of the four men were Shiite Muslims.

Last week, when authorities announced the arrest of a man in connection with two of the killings, we breathed a sigh of relief. But his name, Muhammad Syed, was a gut punch. We knew there was a possibility that the killings were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment — but few of us expected that a Muslim would be arrested.…  Seguir leyendo »

Cómo enseñarle a una niña a amar su piel oscura

Mi hija de 5 años, Nusayba, tenía puesto su vestido de princesa, hacía piruetas, se acomodaba una tiara de plata y revisaba su sombra de ojos y su labial rojo en el espejo del baño. Luego se puso a examinar su hermosa piel morena.

“No me gusta mi color de piel”, dijo. “Quisiera que mi piel fuera más clara. Es más bonito”.

Su comentario, hace varios meses, fue un golpe duro. Hasta ese momento, mi mujer y yo confiábamos en que habíamos protegido a nuestra hija de la maldición del colorismo, una herencia tóxica que sigue envenenando nuestras percepciones del ser y de la belleza.…  Seguir leyendo »

What Makes You Think 2021 Will Be Better?

I’m not a Debbie Downer. Far from it. I’m usually an optimist who pushes for hope in the most dire of circumstances. However, when I hear friends talk about how the new year and Joe Biden’s presidency will answer our collective prayers and cleanse our collective palate from 2020’s unrelenting onslaught of pain and misery, I can’t help but feel skeptical.

“What makes you think 2021 will be any better?” I ask them.

Like many, I would love an instant catharsis, a release from this enduring tragedy. I want us all to be able to interact without wearing masks, to hug our loved ones and to sleep peacefully knowing a president isn’t rage-tweeting while watching Fox News.…  Seguir leyendo »

TOC, mi agobiante mejor amigo

Desde muy joven, mi mente siempre ha estado atrapada. Me inundan pensamientos intrusivos. Las imágenes y las ideas se transforman en preguntas angustiantes —“¿Dejé la estufa encendida?”, “¿Y si no cerré la puerta con llave?”, “¿Qué pasa si pierdo el control y me torno violento?”—. Estos cuestionamientos recorren mi cabeza en un ciclo sin fin.

Para lidiar con este problema, busco constantemente calmarme repasando mis movimientos, tratando de remplazar mis pensamientos o usando la lógica para descartar lo que es totalmente ilógico. Sin embargo, todos esos esfuerzos fracasan y, en cambio, le dan fuerza a la idea, la resucitan como a un zombi al que se le inyectaran esteroides, y la vuelven más brutal, resistente y cruel.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ramadan decorations on display at a store in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Credit Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images

Ramadan is here. By now, many Americans know the basics. It’s the holy month during which healthy and able Muslims are commanded to abstain from food, drink (Not even water? Nope, not even water) and sex from sunrise to sunset and invest in intense prayer, charity and spiritual discipline.

In recent years, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, has become part of mainstream American society. It is frequently cited in hip-hop and even made an appearance in Eminem’s epic freestyle takedown of President Trump at the BET Awards. In keeping with the tradition started by Thomas Jefferson, Presidents George W.…  Seguir leyendo »