Boxes – A Spoken Word

"Being Sudanese means being too African for the Arabs, and too Arab for the Africans."Khaedega Mohammed had this to say about the Executive Order banning travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries. "9 years ago, my family and I arrived on American soil at the JFK airport, the same airport where the 2 Iraqi men were recently turned away after Trump’s #MuslimBan...We genuinely thought we would be welcomed with open arms and will build a home here, and we were and did...I never imagined there wou … [Read More...]

Speechless

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History MonthBy Guest Author Mona HagmagidThe Iftars hosted by the sudanese community Are my annual attempts at preserving my african rootsThe smells of Sudan race through the American built public elementary school we rent out on those Ramadan Saturdays.We sit around, eating good food that reminds so many of home. We sit around counting the hours we have left to make this hall sacred.Long lines and mobs of y … [Read More...]

This Sudanese American Life

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History MonthBy Guest Author Hana BabaACT 1: African Booty Scratcher‘Why your mama got that thing on her head? Looks like a Pizza Hut tablecloth.’I knew I wasn’t like the other Black girls because they made sure I knew. I looked … [Read More...]

Safia Elhillo on Art, Identity, and Belonging

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History MonthRepublished by Guest Author Isra El-Bashir, whose original interview can be found here.A wanasa1 with Safia Elhillo on Art, Identity and BelongingI often reflect on the ominous state of racial tensions in the U.S. and h … [Read More...]

American Routes to African Roots

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History MonthBy Guest Author Walla ElsheikhIn my identification with Blackness around my Sudanese identity, it has been crucial for me to explore the history of African Americans in the US and its impact on and relevance to me. It's not … [Read More...]

I AM Sudanese (Pretty Simple)

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History MonthBy Guest Author Aya Elmileik “Where are you from?”“I’m from Sudan.”“Wait, from where?”“From Sudan. In Africa. Near Egypt.”“No way! But … you don’t look Sudanese.”“I don’t know what to tell you, I’m definitel … [Read More...]

Why are we not all Quebec City?

Had a Muslim guy entered a church or synagogue and shot up the place, murdering 6 worshipers as they prayed and injuring more, anywhere in the Western world, we would still be talking about it. It would dominate the nightly news for weeks. Profile pictures would be changed into the fleur de lis or … [Read More...]

#ZoulSoul: On Being An Immigrant

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History MonthBy Guest Author Mawada Abdalla ElmahgoubOn Being An ImmigrantI was brought into this world lost between two lives. My body, a sandy vessel that crossed the red sea and crept its way into the crevices of the Nile. But I … [Read More...]

#MuslimBan: Sudanese-Americans speak out

It was nearing the close of the workweek on Friday when President Trump signed an Executive Order banning refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Ostensibly designed as a way to prevent terrorism, the Executive Order wrought chaos in airports across … [Read More...]

Exploring Blackness and Sudanese Identities

When my parents registered me for kindergarten, my father stopped at the race question. How can we "check the box that applies," when we don't fit into any boxes? He wondered aloud why the school wanted to track their students by race, and they assured him it was not for nefarious purposes. Dad … [Read More...]

What You Can Do to Learn About Structural Racism Post-#RIS2016

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Kameelah Rashad, founder and president of the Muslim Wellness Foundation.By Kameelah RashadAs we continue to process the impact, consequences and implications of #RIS2016 and the comments made by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf (and ensuing discussions that overtook … [Read More...]

Mawlid Celebrations 2016

Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Mawlid this weekend, commemorating  the birthday of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims celebrate our Prophet’s birthday by fasting, reciting Quran, learning more about his character and life, and often attending communal gatherings wh … [Read More...]

Dear White People, Let’s Check In

Embed from Getty Images Dear White America,Hi guys! I’m sorry it took me so long to get to you, but I spent most of last week checking in on my Muslim, Latinx, Jewish, Sikh, Black, Asian, Undocumented, and LGBTQ friends. I know it’s already been about 2 hours since the last seg … [Read More...]

Live Tweeting #Election2016

Embed from Getty Images Exciting news, friends and social media fiends! I will be live-tweeting the election and results throughout the day tomorrow. If you're not a Twitter-person (frankly, I don't blame you), don't worry! You don't have to go that bad, mean, place - just … [Read More...]