Between Disengagement and Changing Paradigms – A New Path for America’s Mosques

How does one resolve these two parallel realities – that while there are fewer people going to mosques than before, houses of worship can and often do help congregants integrate more into American society? Is a mosque revolution the answer? [Read more…]

On Malcolm X, Blackness and Muslim-ness Through the Lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates

How, are we to understand Malcolm X’s legacy at a time when a prominent face of American Islam has spoken out against the movement for Black Lives even as calls for solidarity between Muslims and communities of color in the age of Trump are invoking his name anew? Viewing Malcolm X through the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me” is a good place to start. [Read more…]

#WeMustWin – National Call Empowers Muslims to Action for Black Lives

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos A profoundly difficult part of being Black in America is struggling with layers of individual, institutional and cultural racism, the need to fight against them and the added requirement that we articulate and justify our struggles to those outside of it. African American Muslims are members of a culture with multiple venues [Read More…]

Being Black and Muslim in the Post-9/11, Post-Ferguson Era

By Kameelah Rashad, MS, MRP, MEd “The dead won’t let me sleep The living won’t let me die in peace My heart filled with the yesterday that never happened My hands filled with my face My long breaths bleeding between my fingers” — Amir Sulaiman, Come To The Hills (We Must Win) On the last [Read More…]

Don’t Call it Islamophobia, Call it Islamo-Racism – the “Otherizing” of Religion and Race

By Jaideep Singh February 10, Abdul Jamil Kamawal, a 68-year-old Afghani American man, was bludgeoned to death with a shovel in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Remembered as “a pillar in the Muslim community,” he had helped refugees settle in the region for over two decades. Abdul Jamil Kamawal He also founded two non-profit organizations that [Read More…]

As Black, African, Muslim and American, All Our Identities Matter

By Hanifah Lum From a young age, I have been taught Black history during February in public school and Islamic history on Sundays at the local weekend Islamic school. For so long, I yearned to find a place where to two could co-exist in a coherent and succinct way. In public school, we were taught [Read More…]