#9. Heraa Hashmi: The Confident Muslim
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Heraa Hashmi is the creator of the Muslims Condemn list, a list of Muslims who condemn negative things such as terrorism, climate change, discrimination against women, and more.

She started the list after she engaged in discussions with a classmate who said that Muslims did not do enough to "condemn violence when perpetrators committed such acts in the name of Islam”. After many hours of ‘googling’, the list grew to over 700 pages of evidences where Muslims have condemned.

She tweeted the list and it went viral! The list was converted to an interactive website and is now merging with Georgetown University’s The Bridge Initiative. The Bridge Initiative is part research initiative, part counter-campaign to the Islamophobia industry.

Heraa is also the winner of the 2017 Mohammed Ali Confident Muslim Award.

In this episode, Heraa shares the story of how the Muslims Condemn list started, the role she plays on social media and meeting the daughters of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.

She also offers her advice on responsibilities on social media, how to get involved in your local community programs and volunteering and how she prepares for her ‘TED talk style’ speeches.

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