Layali Vol. 1 Issue Three

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Photo credit: Omama Altaleb process and hold ourselves accountable to the responsibilities and role our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) placed upon us: to be contributing citizens to the society we are a part of. Thus, it is in our inherent religious duty to get involved with the entire political process - not simply through signing a quick petition, but through voting, expressing our needs and desires to our representatives, running for office, and giving back to the greater American diaspora. And this should not necessarily be Muslim-specific issues, either. If we want to enjoy the right to petition due to our citizenship and tax contributions, we must accept the responsibility that comes with it. There’s a saying that goes, “If you aren’t at the table, you are on the table.” As Muslim Americans, we are still for the most part being served up on the table. It’s up to us to make sure that we begin being at the table - for more than simply scho ol holidays. Stand up and get involved: America is your community, to o. Follow Wardah Khalid on Twitter @YAmericanMuslim and Laila Alawa @Lulainlife.


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