Sitting in her wheelchair and spreading positivity, about life and her disability, Ms Nesar wants to be a voice for people with adversities.

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Sitting in a wheelchair, and spreading positivity, despite her adversities through her words and writings, a Pakistani woman talks about her struggles of being a woman with disabilities.

One such personality is Ms Sa’diyya Nesar. She is a disabled woman, who wishes to empower people through her writing, speeches and community care initiatives. She has written a book called Strength from Within and was recently awarded the 2020 Social Justice Fellowship under the theme of ‘disABILITIES and Empowerment: Less Assumptions, More Conversations’ by the Resolve Foundation .

Ms Nesar, born and raised in Hong Kong was diagnosed with myopathy, which…


Student and freelance journalists are the victims of the latest definition change

Reported by Shameel Ibrahim
Edited by Cynthia Lin and Mark Chen

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Student journalists and freelance journalists in Hong Kong worry about their press freedom in the future as they are currently excluded from the recognition of the police.

Hong Kong police announced on Sept. 22 that only journalists who have registered with the Government News & Media Information System and those from “Internationally recognized” media outlets will be identified as “media representatives.”

Student media from six local universities later released a joint statement, citing the press freedom under the Basic Law, to condemn the decision.

“Article 27 of the Basic…


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Source — Al Jazeera | Credit:[Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

The Indian government enacted a new permanent residency law in Indian-administered Kashmir on April 4, 2020, allowing Indian citizens to obtain property and permanent residency in the region, which many Kashmiris see as a path towards settler colonialism.

This new residency law comes after the revocation of Article 370 and 35A in Indian-administered Kashmir by the Modi-led BJP government, which stripped the state of its autonomy on August 5, 2019

Since the revocation, around 700,000 troops were injected into the region and a lockdown was imposed following the revocation and it is currently under lockdown for over a year, with…


We — as Muslims — should not be dormant in society ,rather, we should actively participate in community care, education, and activism in our own personal capacities, so that we leave a lasting footprint in this city and its people.

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Source — Pexels

A week before I was going to write this article, I was discussing community involvement on Zoom with the volunteers for UMAH and a lot of things were brought up from discovering new talent and empowering new blood to enter community service for Muslims. A flow of ideas and options sprung from the meeting that I envisioned a robust community in my city By the time the meeting ended, I was assigned to write this article for the UMAH’s newsletter and prep for its relaunch.

I was told to write an article about community involvement with the theme of legacy…


We need to include black Muslims in our communities. Connect with them and talk to them. Prioritize them in positions of leadership and scholarship. Include them in our conversations and respect them as dignified individuals. More importantly, we need to go beyond just paying lip-service to the racism that occurs within our communities.

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America has been burning with protests for the past few days over the of 46-year old George Floyd. The video of Floyd being choked to death by a police officer has infuriated the public and has led to a country-wide protest against racism, racial inequality, and the system of injustice against Blacks, through the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Muslims, while voicing out for the injustice of that has been committed to the black community, should also remove the poison of racism from their minds and hearts.

Hong Kong’s Muslim Community

I can’t say much about other Muslim communities but I can tell you…


As Ramadan ends, it has led me to find and renew my purpose through reflection and find meaning through Eid.

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Ramadan — a month of prayer, patience and perseverance has ended. The month which made me reflect amidst the pandemic about many things in life that I used to take for granted — from a mundane action of going out for a walk to celebratory occasions like Eid Al Fitr.

Similar to the month of Ramadan, this Eid has been reflective as well — but this time it made me identify something that I rarely think about — purpose.

One day before Eid, I was still in Ramadan mode as my circadian rhythm (a fancy word for my sleep schedule)…


The holy month during the coronavirus has brought me back to the original purpose behind Ramadan — reflection.

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COVID-19 has battered our lifestyle and has turned almost every aspect of our lives upside down from going for a walk to travelling overseas. Amidst the hype on whether the pandemic was a conspiracy, whether the world would be able to find a vaccine in time and whether we would be able to fully eradicate the virus, the most important month of the Islamic calendar came knocking — Ramadan.

Naturally, as a Muslim, I always expect this month because it’s considered as the holiest month of the year, where blessings for good deeds are multifold, where your repentance is accepted…


The xenophobic fear of the coronavirus is reminiscent of the treatment of the Chinese during the bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco in the early 19th century and it sees a relapse in the form of this novel coronavirus

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Arnold Genthe/Library of Congress.

The coronavirus has spread literally to every single country one can imagine — except the arctic region of Antarctica. Tourism, businesses, the economy at large, transportation and most importantly — basic necessities are running out due to the panic buying of masks, gloves, and toilet paper from where I live in, Hong Kong and the oft-compared sister city, Singapore. However, there is one thing that goes beyond this and is often ignored and overlooked — xenophobia.

Ever since the news broke out of the coronavirus, social media has been going berserk in their perception of China and has been vilifying…


The city’s healthcare system is in the verge of exhaustion and Hong Kong itself is breaking down amid coronavirus fears — this time, it’s even worse than SARS

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March 31, 2003. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP.

The novel coronavirus is the world’s most recent global public health emergency. The death toll of the virus has reached 492 deaths(at the time of writing), with one of the deaths occurring in The Philippines who happened to be a Chinese national and a 39-year old man from Hong Kong. More than 23,000 suspected cases mostly in Mainland China and other cases around the world. Hong Kong currently has 14 cases of this new coronavirus. However, Hong Kong isn’t new to a coronavirus.

17 years ago, in March 2003, a coronavirus which was known as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome…


Conflicting historiography has taken center-stage when it comes to the Uyghurs because of a severe contest between polarizing nationalist scholarship

This is a series of articles aiming to contextualize the history and the ethnopolitical context of the tensions that exist between the Chinese government and the Uyghurs and most importantly the region of Xinjiang.

For the purpose of this series, I will be using the official name — the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for the sake of convenience and it does not mean that I endorse the name or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in any way whatsoever.

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The Uyghur Muslims, a Turkic minority situated in Xinjiang, have been in the spotlight after the leaks of the China Cables…

Shameel Ibrahim

Muslim, student of journalism, writes on Muslim affairs and Islamophobia

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