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A native of Farmington, Connecticut, Aamir Hussain is a Government major and Theology minor with a pre-medical concentration in the Georgetown University Class of 2014. He is a Muslim of Indian background, and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hindi-Urdu. He is the president of the Georgetown Interfaith Council, works on the White House Interfaith Service Challenge, and facilitates cooperation between Georgetown's Campus Ministry, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, and student organizations. His nickname is "The Pun-isher" due to his penchant for making bad puns, and he spends his time outside of class working as an EMT-B on the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service. In 2012 he was a Millennial Values Fellow in conjunction with the Berkley Center's project on young Americans, faith, and values.

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The Spirit of Shanti and Salaam (Part 2): American Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus Standing Together

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Co-authored by Manpreet Teji

As Americans of all backgrounds continue to try to achieve the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, members of three growing religions in the United States have a unique opportunity to stand together for equality and shared...

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Jainism and Islam: More Similar Than You Might Think

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Perhaps no two faith traditions are viewed as more divergent than Islam and Jainism. Indeed, the former is often associated with violence and extremism, while the latter is usually known for its inspiration for peaceful civil rights movements through its concept of ahimsa (nonviolence). As a Muslim of Indian background,...

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The Spirit of Shanti and Salaam: Transforming Hindu-Muslim Dialogue Into Action

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:27 PM

The United States is truly exceptional in the fact that it "peacefully combines a high degree of religious devotion with tremendous religious diversity" (Putnam and Campbell, American Grace). Interfaith understanding is a central part of our nation's history, from George Washington's letter to the Newport, Rhode Island synagogue to the...

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Improving Healthcare, Saving Lives

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:42 PM

If the numerous controversies in the Affordable Care Act have taught us anything, it's that we can no longer ignore the complex relationship between religion and medicine. As a Muslim preparing to enter medical school in August, I have often wondered how to continue my passion for interfaith while working...

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Tips for Interfaith Organizing on College Campuses

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Last month, I wrote about The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue. However well-intentioned, interfaith dialogue will likely fail if the conversation is inappropriate for its audience, participants feel pressured to compromise their beliefs, and if some participants attempt to proselytize. Having recently graduated from Georgetown University, I have begun...

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The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 4:28 PM

The interfaith movement in the United States is growing. Led by organizations like the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the Pluralism Project at Harvard, and the groundswell movement founded by Ms. Valarie Kaur (to name just a few), more and more Americans are engaging with people of different religious and...

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How a Muslim Experienced Agape at Puja

(53) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 1:24 PM

In the tradition of Thanksgiving, I would like to show my appreciation for the unique interfaith environment at Georgetown University. Here is a story of how a devout Muslim learned about the Christian concept of agape by engaging with the Hindu community.

Since my arrival at Georgetown, I had...

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An Atom's Weight of Good

(19) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 8:30 AM

New York University has just hosted a conference for college students interested in interfaith community service work called an Interfaith Leadership Institute. These conferences are sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making inter-religious cooperation a social norm on college campuses....

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Lailat-ul-Qadr: The Night of Power in Ramadan

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 10:55 AM

My first all-nighter was not, in fact, caused by a last-minute paper or exam in school. Since I can remember, my family has always been pulling all-nighters for one of the most important nights of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan: Lailat-ul-Qadr (The Night of Power). According to Muslim belief,...

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The Man of Steel Represents American Values

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:54 PM

(This article is an original blog post. It is not a response to "Superman vs. Jesus" by Mark Sandlin and is not in any way influenced by or affiliated with that piece.)

"What's your name?"
"Superman!"
"No, tell me your real name."
"Oh,...

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Dhul-Qarnayn: An Ideal Muslim Leader

(52) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 10:40 AM

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The political turmoil engulfing many Muslim-majority countries has left many people wondering, what does the ideal Muslim leader look like? Tyrants like Saddam Hussein and Muammar al-Gadhafi have demonstrated the depths of human cruelty, while elected leaders like Mohamed Morsi struggle to maintain their...

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Discovering a Mosque in the World's Largest Catholic Country

(23) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 2:01 PM

Throughout my entire life, I have always been surrounded by others who share my Muslim faith: my very large Indian family, my friends from Connecticut, the thriving Muslim population at Georgetown and around Washington, D.C. For this reason, the biggest challenge for me while studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro...

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Foundations for Muslim-Buddhist Interfaith Dialogue

(15) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Given the shifting geopolitical landscape and the rising economic power of South and East Asia, it is becoming increasingly necessary to open new channels of interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural understanding between Buddhism and Islam. Massacres of the Muslim Rohingya people in Buddhist-majority Burma and tensions between the religiously divided regions...

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Is the Lenten Season Awkward for Muslims? Not at Georgetown University

(27) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 4:12 PM

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I've often heard that the Lenten Season is the most awkward time between Christians and Muslims. This is probably because the end of Jesus's (PBUH) story is one of the major differences between our two religions. In Islam, Jesus ascended directly into Heaven and...

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Reflecting on Diversity in Islam Through Martin Luther King, Jr.

(61) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 7:15 PM

Next Monday (Jan. 21), Americans will observe a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest civic and moral leaders in our nation's history. I believe that MLK Day is an excellent opportunity for American Muslims to reflect upon Islam's support for diversity and...

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Diwali: What Muslims Can Learn From The Festival Of Lights

(119) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 4:51 PM

On Nov. 13, 2012, people around the world will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Although the holiday is mainly observed by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs, I believe that Muslims can also experience personal growth during Diwali by reflecting on its spiritual significance. Light is Diwali's central symbol, and Muslims...

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