Muslims of Rockford: Morad Suliman

Muslims of Rockford: Morad Suliman

Morad Suliman is a Sudanese-American teenager living in the Rockford community. He attends Auburn High School and is in the Gifted Program there. Although only 16 years old, Morad is very educated and informed about the world and issues surrounding our generation. I asked him what the biggest problem our world faces at the moment and he gave a deep and insightful answer. He said that the lack of concern and knowledge regarding  countries such as Syria and the people of Palestine are an issue in themselves. Morad also explained that the media twisting stories to show Muslims as enemies while we are persecuted just as much, if not more, as everyone else shows that our communities in America need to the truth about Muslims.

This was the first interview I have done for this segment of the blog. I know I have a lot of work to do but if you have any suggestions, please contact me.

Muslims of Rockford

A couple days ago, a family member of mine gave me a great idea. He told me I should add a feature to this blog that is very similar to the popular page Humans of New York. He had also done some work with this idea during his travels and did a wonderful job.

I plan to interview the members of the Muslim community in Rockford and ask them questions regarding politics, media and social issues along with learning about their story, background, greatest influences and upbringings.

The schedule for this project is most likely going to be on the fly, like all of my other posts. But I do hope to have detailed information and a plethora of stories to share with you all.

Terror 

A few hours ago, a mass shooting happened in Orlando. 50 dead and 53 injured, making it the largest mass shooting in American history. Numerous issues arise from this incident. An assault type weapon was used, which continues to question the use of firearms. The shooting was at a gay nightclub, which exemplifies anti gay behavior. However, the biggest issue that arises from an incident like this comes from the shooter. Omar Saddiqui Mateen has been identified as the attacker. Due to the fact that this man was Muslim, authorities already assume the attack as an act of terror. Yes, I do believe that is a terrible thing to have happened and my condolences are with the families of the lost loved ones, but I beg the question. If this man was found mentally insane during further investigation, will authorities change the incident to a mass shooting due to mental instability instead of an act of terror? It seems that every other shooting that happens that is done by anyone who is not a Muslim is identified as an attack done by someone found mentally unstable or just simply a mass shooting, not an act of terrorism. Islamaphobia is very real. And incidents as serious as these are not helping our image. 

Ali

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajaoon
May Allah (SWT) grant Jannah for the greatest. Not only an icon, but a brother. Someone who made me proud to be Muslim at a young age. Someone who gave us hope and the drive to fight for what you believe in. Someone who we can all look up to. Strive to be. 

It’s kind of ironic actually. I had just finished watching Creed when I heard about this. If there is anything you can take from Muhammad Ali’s legacy, it is his drive and determination to believe in oneself. 

Summer and volunteering

Summer and volunteering

As summer is starting, we often find ourselves loafing around the house and not using our time effectively. We think to ourselves, I have worked so hard all year, just let me relax. But in reality, now is the time to really do all the things you enjoy and give back to your community. I encourage all of you to find something that you can do that is beneficial for not only yourself but for the people around you. When you find a chore or job that you really enjoy, it is no longer a chore, it as an opportunity, a chance to do something great. Ramadan is in a week. We will all be tired and sore throughout the days, but it is all a reminder of how fortunate we really are. Help out around the house or go volunteer downtown. Not only will you feel good in your own eyes, but in the eyes of Allah (SWT).