The world’s only endearing cannibal (sorry Jeffrey Dahmer)

It’s common knowledge, if you consider yourself a fan of good acting then you probably have some feelings about Shia Labeouf. Whether it’s his on-screen performances or his public art installations or his antics off-screen, Labeouf seems immune to an audience’s ambivalence. He has a uniquely singular ability to have huge swaths of people rooting for him tirelessly while also having a gallery of haters and detractors that includes some of Hollywood’s biggest names as well as literal present-day Nazis.

As a boy he gained fame playing the silly troublemaking Louis Stevens…


Ramy Youssef is an Egyptian-American-Muslim comedian with a new show streaming on Hulu this week. Hulu calls it “A groundbreaking comedy series based on the real-life experiences and comedy of first-generation American Muslim Ramy Youssef”.

The show is called “RAMY”, and it’s guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, because frankly there’s never been a comedy series about first-generation American Muslims before. In fact, there’s hardly been a show about any generation of Muslims in America.

“RAMY” oscillates between topics that are absurdly humorous and occasionally awkward in a matter of seconds. This is not a laugh track…


Masjid Al-Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand

At least 50 people were murdered in two separate attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week. The attacker was a white man not much older than me, fueled by a hatred for immigrants generally and Muslims specifically.

I first heard of the attack Thursday evening, but truth be told, my immediate reaction was to ignore it, to try and avoid reading about it and learning the details for as long as possible, to put off the inevitable waves of horror and frustration and resentment and anger. To be honest, I never wanted to find out how many people…


The (other) Egyptian King

I wasn’t a big dreamer as a child, but the handful of dreams I did have were oddly specific. I always wanted to meet Tony Hawk, not because of my love for skateboarding, (my people aren’t known for being skaters) but because he seemed like a good guy who was also immensely creative and unquestionably the greatest at what he did. I wanted to go to outer space and experience weightlessness, and I wanted to carry Egypt to a spot in the World Cup.

I’ve played soccer ever since I was a young pup, and as long as I’ve played…


Yesterday, Darren Osborne, a terrorist and a father of four, drove a van into a crowd of people in North London, with every hope of causing harm and with murderous intent. He is both a terrorist AND a father, because of course it’s possible to be both. In America we choose to celebrate Father’s Day on June 18th, and while Darren Osborne may have been someone’s father for many years, and may have been a good or even great father, it only took an instant for him to become a terrorist, and for me he’ll always be a terrorist.

Consider…


James Baldwin poetically said that it can come as a great shock to realize, as a child, that the country that you have stood and pledged allegiance to along with all of your classmates, this country, has not pledged allegiance to you. I remember, as a kid in elementary school, following the rules and standing up for the pledge of allegiance every morning. I remember thinking about the two words, ‘under God’, and how they must apply differently to me, because I’m a Muslim, so my God must be different. I also remember thinking about the last two words of…


There should be a law stating that parents should not have to bury their children. And someone should enforce it. This is the single greatest fear of every parent, and yet we as children rarely give it any thought. We are too busy being young. Enjoying our youth, acting recklessly, living straight and fast with no thought of the future and no fear of what could happen. As we get older we take more chances, breaking rules, breaking laws, breaking hearts, all the while learning lessons that we will remember forever.

Tragedies like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School…


With less than a year left before the presidential election, there’s still plenty of time for things to change, and they undoubtedly will. The Republican clown parade will inevitably thin out, leaving us with only a handful of potential nominees, before one of the hate-spewing, poor-bashing, presidential hopefuls is chosen to represent them. The same could be said of the Democrats apart from the fact that they only ever had a handful of candidates to begin with. …


I’m tired of being on the defensive when it comes to my religion, so I’m taking this in a different direction. Somehow we find ourselves mired down in the same debate once again, of whether or not it’s appropriate to say that our fight nowadays is against “radical Islamic terrorism”, as if giving this label credibility will somehow solve any problems we currently face. Politicians like Ted Cruz seem to have made this a rallying cry in their ongoing quest for relevance and in his bid for the presidential nomination. I can only imagine how many times a night Senator…


An Open Letter To Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and 72% of NC Conservatives

I was born in Cairo, Egypt, to a loving Muslim family that values equality, justice, and, above all, peace. We moved to the United States when I was young and bopped around a bit before settling down in North Carolina, where we’ve lived since I was 7. I’ve always been proud of my heritage and where I come from, and it’s something I like for people to know; not just my nationality, but my religion as well.

I’m a Muslim-American, which, if you haven’t been paying attention…

Ahmad Saad

Came for the writing, stayed for the reading. Two parts curious, one part confused, but always looking to laugh.

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