Trump the Stereotypes
By Memoona Ghani, Engage Minnesota
With recent events and bigotry going on against Muslims, a lot of people are wondering what should Muslims do. Is there really a true relationship between Islam and terrorism? Do they do any good work in the community? The answers to these questions are not difficult as Muslims are living among us. They have truly made a positive impact in the community in many areas. There is no relationship between Islam and terrorism, the same way there is no relationship between terrorism and Christianity or Judaism or any other religion. The radical mindset in humanity exists and so does the respectful mindset.
The students at the University of the Minnesota took it to their heart and want to continue breaking the stereotypes against Muslims. They believe just like others, their good work in the community will also not go waste and unheard. They are the youth with constructive dreams; they study, work and help their community.
I’m Muslim-American & I spend 20 hours a week helping survivors at a domestic violence shelter–without compensation. #TrumpTheStereotypes
I came to the US with my parents at the age of 5, raised and educated here. As a college student, I took part in sports, and as a college student, I studied abroad in South Africa representing the US. I am currently in my final year at the University of Minnesota. I am proud of my identity as a Muslim-American! #TrumpTheStereotypes
I am a Muslim American, and my whole family is from Palestine. In all honesty however, that shouldn’t really matter to you. It is part of my identity and it makes me who I am, but to you I am Nora Abdelal. I am a student, a sister, a daughter, and most importantly a human, just like everybody else. We all hold a responsibility to one another to #TrumptheStereotypes and unite in resistance against oppression and discrimination.
I am a daughter of people who built their lives here on their own with only perseverance, education, and hard work. I carry those values with me in my everyday life. They inspire me in moving forward to accomplish my goals. I am more than your perception of me. #TrumpTheStereotypes because ignorance doesn’t define me or the legacy I inherit.
I’m the head of a student organization, and an honors student in one of the nation’s top public universities. #TrumpTheStereotypes
I’m a Muslim. I’m an immigrant. I’m an American. This country is mine as much as it is yours. #TrumpTheStereotypes
Islam teaches me to love for my brothers what I love for myself. #TrumpTheStereotypes
I help lead interfaith and social justice dialogues and initiatives on my university campus. #TrumptheStereotypes
I’m Muslim and I spend hours upon hours helping students in my school voluntarily. I stand against bigotry everywhere. #TrumpTheStereotypes
Memoona Ghani works as a Business Analyst at the University of Minnesota. She did her Masters in Software Systems from University of St. Thomas. She lives in Maple Grove.
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