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What is it Like to be Muslim today?

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I usually do not concern myself to much with religion these days, but I was raised a devout Muslim. Today, Muslims are scapegoats for everything. The Muslims are attributed to barbarism,  being uncivilized; sometimes, when I use the term, liberal Muslim, or mainly use the term spiritual to describe myslef, people think I have left the religion and say “Thank God you escaped, that religion is tough.” After a lot of soul-searching, I realized I still want to be a believer in this beautiful faith that is scrutinized and misconstrued when it is a religion like any other.

I think of one question on a daily basis, do people genuinely think of every Muslim that exists as a terrible person? The Muslims are not terrible people, and Islam does not teach violence or barbarism. It is a peaceful religion, believe me. Why are you generalizing us and making even some of us so hateful of our own faith. Can you let us live peacefully, as the religion of Islam literally is peace? Today I saw an article by Nadia El-Hillal where she talked about her Muslim identity and would like to shed some light on her powerful and touching words. I hope somebody’s words can make a difference and help Muslims live life in normalcy and happiness.

Put briefly and taken from Muslimgirl.net, the writer focuses on a few labels along with Muslim that she has. She insists she is a wife, where she insists she has worked tirelessly to prove she can care for her husband. She insists she is a doctor, where she has worked selflessly and studied and now helps people and is nice to them. She says she is a mother where she has given love and sacrifice and taught her child to be kind, gentle, and respectful. She states she is a Muslim and that she wears her Muslim identity.

She insists she is always on guard and has never expressed this to anyone. She emulates the idea that Muslims need not apologize for someone who is not even an ideal Muslim’s actions of killing and someone else’s striking fear onto others. Her words touched many, as I see in the comments, and as I also hope, can make a difference along with mine and others one day.

 

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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“Why do we Ignore pain until it can no longer be Ignored”

Pain is the opposite of relief, people tend to pacify it with simple ineffective solutions that subsequently compound the problem. it is our human nature to shine it off, unconcerned with the potential ramifications of allowing it to remain untreated, slowly progressing in its intensity pain forces you to take action at this point your nerve endings are on fire, your discomfort can no longer be ignored. your mobility is compromised, eclipsed is your effectiveness, and your ability to complete day-to day simple tasks…

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"Why do we Ignore pain until it can no longer be Ignored"

 Why ignore pain until it can no longer be ignored?

Pain is the opposite of relief, people  tend to pacify it with simple ineffective solutions that subsequently compound the problem. it is our human nature to shine it off, unconcerned with the potential ramifications of allowing it to remain untreated, slowly progressing in its intensity pain forces you to take action at this point your nerve endings are on fire, your discomfort can no longer be ignored. your mobility is compromised,   eclipsed is your effectiveness, and your ability to complete day-to day simple tasks. you are not your normal self. we must evaluate our life choices big and small.this is a very humbling experience in the midst of my pain i cried out to God, he formed me with his own hands, he knows me best.

He has the power to heal us, he sent me several warnings to make changes in my life.out of stubbornness and ignorance I ignored his voice. God often uses different rods to discipline his wayward children, circumstances, pain, people, God wants the very best for us, he wants to guide and protect us from dangers seen and unseen, discipline is one of his means to accomplish his purposes in our lives. we often ignore his voice until  we feel discomfort, pain is a mega-phone, it captures our attention instantly our full undivided  attention. Pain exposes our deepest vulnerabilities, we can no longer hide, we must face the facts motivated by our suffering we would not attain otherwise, this broadens the scope of our understanding and the realization of the actual reality of the physical conditions of our bodies, and are bodies limitations. In the process we are taught through our sufferings respect, consideration, and care. I know in my heart I have to make some improvements today.

 

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The phenomena of Radical Millennial

This radical generation of millennials, are controlled by the spirit of rebellion.

naturally they rebel against humanity, authority, discipline.many are products

of a single parent household, suffer from strained parental relationships…

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The phenomena of Radical Millennial

Why The blatant disrespect?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This radical generation of millennials, are controlled by the spirit of rebellion.

naturally they rebel against humanity, authority, discipline.many are products

of a single parent household, suffer from strained parental relationships. they

harbor emotional bag, from enduring and experiencing physical and psychological

abuse.

 today’s youth lack restraint in their actions and behaviors. Growing up as an

 awkward teen, my personality often shifted, between introvert and extrovert.

I was a wall flower, my parents were working middle class people. they could not afford

to provide us with hefty allowances, fancy clothes. they made an investment in our

future by giving us their wisdom, and sharing their life experiences.

 wisdom has empowered me to consult God, consider my ways, and

with God’s help make better choices, this protects us from the consequences of

bad choices. Sadly today’s millennials, lack respect for themselves and wisdom.

they are conformed to this world participating in outrageous behaviors, promoted

on social media sites,spiritually leading billions in to bondage, hindering growth

and potential. the world may never

 the untapped potential of our youth, the world may never

see our future doctors, teachers, professors, and lawyers. unrealized potential remains

dormant. we are all given unique gifts and talents to serve the world, wisdom is worth

more than rubies and choice gold. discipline is a defense,  that protects you from danger,

knowledge, and wisdom guides the choices you make, and determines the out come of

your life experiences, the more we educate, nuture, train our youth the better equipped

they will be to thrive in adversity, to over come unimaginable circumstances, to persevere

to grow, and mature to realize and reach their full potential, would send a wave of change

that would make a positive impact in the world, that would alter society by epic proportions.

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Using Handheld Devices May Cause Young Children’s Speech Delay, new study claims

While technology offers convenience on one’s life, it could also impose negativity on its users especially on children.

A new study presents the possible speech delay in children upon usage of handheld devices last May 6 during 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting…

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Using Handheld Devices Cause Young Children’s Speech Delay, new study claims

While technology offers convenience on one’s life, it could also impose negativity on its users especially on children.

A new study presents the possible speech delay in children upon usage of handheld devices last May 6 during 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting.

The study was presented as an abstract entitled, “Is handheld screen time use associated with language delay in infants?” which claims that a thirty-minute daily usage of such devices increases the risk of a child’s speech delay by 49 percent.

“Handheld devices are everywhere these days,” said Dr. Catherine Birken, MD, MSc, FRCPC, the study’s principal investigator and a staff pediatrician and scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

A total of 894 children from ages six to twenty-four months participated in the study, conducted from 2011 to 2015.

Dr. Birken, says in a news release, the research findings could reinforce the policy recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to limit any type of screen media in children primarily on the younger ones, 18 months and below.

However, she also added that more research is required to have a clearer understanding of how screen devices affect a child’s speech delay – like knowing what type of content children indulge with.

Lead by the author Julia Ma, HBSc, an MPH student at the University of Toronto, the study is the first to probe the correlation between handheld screen time and risk of expressive language delay.

AAP Policy

Last year, November 2016, AAP issued their three policy statements, which detailed how children should use media and avoid unnecessary repercussions: “Media and Young Minds,” “Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents,” and “Children, Adolescents and Digital Media.”

In these policy statements, AAP encourages parents to be vigilant as they play an integral role if technology would benefit their children or not.

“Families should proactively think about their children’s media use and talk with children about it, because too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time during the day to play, study, talk, or sleep,” said Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement, “Media and Young Minds.”

AAP policy statements elaborated the effects of media on children, prominently on health issues.

With different age group as subjects, the “Media and Young Minds” included infants, toddlers and pre-school children while “Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents” focused from ages 5 to 18.

In addition, AAP released a Family Media Plan Tool on October 2016, which can be used to help parents in guiding their children for using media.

AAP Recommendations

AAP have also laid several recommendations for avoiding overexposure of children on media. These are divided into three subgroups: pediatricians, families, and industries.

See: Media and Young Minds

Source: PAS (news release), AAP (news release)

 

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