A Successful Union

Published on Islamic Insights on September 15, 2015. 

It goes without saying that the marriage of Imam Ali (as) and Sayyida Fatima (as) was a perfect union from the time of its inception until their fateful deaths. The beauty of their marriage lies not only on the pious status of the elevated and immaculate individuals but in the success they achieved regardless of the circumstances around their nuptials. The metrics of success are not rooted in the monetary or temporal benefits a husband and wife can provide to each other, but the decisions made in life through the lens of Islam. There is no better example of a successful marriage by those standards than that of the Imam (as) and his beloved wife, Sayyida Fatima (as), who made the fundamental values of their marriage only to love each other for the sake of Allah (swt).

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Visiting Imam Ridha (AS)

Published on Islamic Insights on August 25, 2015.

Growing up, my summers were filled with annual trips to Iran to visit my family and experience this culture I was born into, but for as long as I could remember, the memories surrounding my visits to the shrine of Imam Ridha (as) in Mashad were faint. I knew I had been there frequently, yet almost shamefully, the most I could remember were the fun hotels we would stay at when we visited with my grandparents. Those memories now don’t compare to my most recent visitation of the beloved and revered Imam Ridha (as).

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The Enduring Patience of Imam al-Khadim (AS)

Published on Islamic Insights on May 14, 2015. 

Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as) is reported to have said, “Have patience in obeying and in not disobeying God, because this world is only a short period of time; you don’t feel the happiness and sorrow of what has passed and don’t know of what hasn’t come yet. Therefore, I have patience for what is now as if you were happy.” In a world that drowns us with temptations and distractions from our ultimate goals in life, it is difficult to always remember and embody the patience and tolerance of the seventh Imam of Islam, Musa al-Kadhim (as), but it is in those times we must reflect on his hardships and the hardships of our Islamic role models to allow us to persevere. Continue reading

Palestine: A New Tide of Support

Published April 22, 2015 by Islamic Insights

From newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise that he will not allow a free Palestine to the United Nations report stating more Palestinian civilians were killed in 2014 than any other year since the devastating war of 1967, the need for international awareness and support for the Palestinian cause has been greater than ever. As the global support for Palestine continues to rise in popularity, the political sphere has slowly shifted to reflect those sentiments. Continue reading

Bahrain: The Struggle Continues

Published February 14, 2015 by Wilayah News

February 14th not only marks the most commercialized holiday of romance around the globe but also the least covered and strategically suppressed struggle for justice in Bahrain. Four years since Bahraini citizens have rightfully demanded reform and equality, the unrest on the small island in the Gulf continues.

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Students Occupying UT Austin Decry School’s Privatization and Job Cutting Plan

Published April 29, 2014 by Occupy.com

For eighteen University of Texas at Austin students, occupying the school president’s office was the way to make their voices heard and their demands clear.

On Wednesday, April 23, students and demonstrators protested the proposed “Shared Services Plan” put forward by Accenture, a consulting and outsourcing firm. Demonstrators demanded that UT Austin President Bill Powers immediately halt the plan that would put 500 UT employees at risk of losing their jobs.

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Researchers Work to See the Heart More Clearly and Save Lives

Published December 2, 2013 by Reporting Texas

“That’s your mitral valve,” said postdoctoral fellow Chung-Hao Lee, pointing to a 3D simulation that fills his computer screen with a pair of lips that flap open and then close, a rainbow of colors indicating how tightly. The display lies at the core of work by Lee and his colleagues at the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin to improve the visibility of one of the heart’s trickiest pieces of real estate.

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A Bake Sale by Young Conservatives Attacks Race

Published October 14, 2013 by Occupy.com

Bake sales have long been a go-to solution for organizations looking to make money. More recently, they’ve also provided a platform for protest — and not the most savory kind.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Young Conservatives of Texas group last month hosted an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale” where they charged customers prices based on their race. It was part of a larger effort to clarify their position regarding the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas case, which is now being debated at the U.S. Supreme Court level, concerning affirmative action admissions policy of the university’s Austin campus.

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Syrians at UT Face an Uncertain Future

Published by Reporting Texas on Oct. 4, 2013
By Reihaneh Hajibeigi
For Reporting Texas

Breema came from Syria to the University of Texas at Austin to study Middle Eastern languages and culture, but she often finds herself studying something else.

“The news can be credible at times, but Facebook is Syria for me,” the 26-year-old graduate student said. “That’s how I know what is going on with my family, my neighborhood, my town and even other cities around Syria.”

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UT Event to show how CEOs see future

Published September 30, 2013 by Reporting Texas

Organizers of an economic forecasting event associated with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business hope to focus on the concrete — jobs — and avoid lofty economic theory.

Rather than economists, Texas CEO publisher and event organizer Pat Niekamp said she wanted “boots on the ground” Texas chief executive officers to discuss the economic issues they face in the context of their own businesses.

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