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A native of Farmington, Connecticut, Aamir Hussain graduated from Georgetown University with a Government major and Theology minor in 2013. He is a Muslim of Indian background, and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hindi-Urdu. Aamir is an alumnus of the Interfaith Youth Core's programs, was the president of the Georgetown Interfaith Council, and a research assistant at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs in Washington, DC. Aamir is currently a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and an Ambassador with the Parliament of the World's Religions.

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Reflections from Rosebud Reservation

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:12 PM

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This past week, I joined 11 other medical students from the University of Chicago in volunteering at a Lakota Native American reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. We spent some of our time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and some time shadowing physicians at...

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Health Cooperation Among Faiths

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Co-authored by Tasmiha Khan

Whether we acknowledge it or not, our health is a part of who we are. Being healthy is not limited to our physical body, but also our emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. We believe that faith communities can and should be major partners in the movement...

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Closer Than Your Jugular Vein

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 10:57 AM

It may seem strange to find connections between cardiovascular physiology and the Quran, but I found myself linking the two while learning about the jugular vein in medical school. I remembered the Quranic verse:

"And indeed We have created man, and We know whatever thoughts his inner self develops, and...

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Connecting Muslim-Americans to Health Insurance

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:00 PM

-co-authored by Khadija Gurnah and Tasmiha Khan from AMHP

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, over 40 million Americans lacked health insurance. Although various provisions have gone a long way towards reducing that number, some populations are at a higher risk of being uninsured....

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Creating a Space for Spirituality in Medical School

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 9:59 AM

During my first few months in medical school, I noticed that religion was rarely discussed. As a Theology minor in college at Georgetown University, I knew that religion was an important part of life for many Americans; indeed, nearly nine in 10 Americans report a belief in some...

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Islam, Death and The Book of Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Note: Some spoilers for The Book of Life

Basing a children's movie around death is very risky. Children's movies are supposed to be cheerful and optimistic, while death makes us think of cemeteries, funerals and sadness (how many of us are still traumatized by Mufasa's death in The Lion King?)....

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Baha'i, Islam, and Christianity: Binding Up Wounds

(6) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:56 AM

There is a common saying that learning in medical school is like trying to drink water from a fire hose. Throughout my first few weeks of classes, I was overwhelmed by all of the information and wondered how such small details could possibly be relevant to my career as a...

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

(4) 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

(0) 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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