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 decided we should mark "Other," because none of the options seemed to precisely reflect our identities.That was when the administrator asked him what language we spoke at home. Upon learning we speak A … [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 Muslim Facebook and Twitter), I strongly recommend every mosque, Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Muslim-led organization in the U.S. pledge to do the following.These are tangible, concrete … [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...]

Why I Stand With Standing Rock #NoDAPL

Embed from Getty Images It's been an emotional roller coaster of a week for American Muslims. This weekend, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks overlapped with the Day of Arafah, the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and the holiest day of the Muslim … [Read More...]

Banning Burkinis Won’t Stop Muslim Integration

"Jump in - I'll catch you!" My swim teacher is patient. I am 7 years old. My new bathing suit is shiny. My hair is in a bun under the swim cap. This is my third false start. I take a deep breath, close my eyes. Finally, I jump.Freckled shoulders, dark eyes, a supportive smile. "You did it! Now le … [Read More...]

Muslims and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement: A Roundup

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of news and many of us are still reeling from what is turning out to be a particularly bloody and disturbing summer. We've been witness to terror attacks throughout Ramadan, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the shootings of police officers … [Read More...]

14 Muslims to Follow on #BlackLivesMatter

It has been difficult to process the recent barrage of breaking news abroad and domestically, but it's still critical for American Muslims to focus on the crisis of anti-Black racism in our own society. Not only do Black and African American people comprise one-third of the American Muslim … [Read More...]

American Muslims Are Not Your Soundbite in the War On Terror

For a foreign policy wonk like me, last night's Democratic debate was particularly interesting to follow. Clinton and Sanders engaged in rigorous debate over Henry Kissinger, the Domino Theory, Nixon opening China, Iran's first democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and many more s … [Read More...]

Mr. Obama Goes To A Mosque

I was traveling abroad last week when President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore. This was not his first visit to an American mosque, but it was the first during his presidency*. I finally had the chance to watch his full speech and read some commentary about the mosque visit. I ro … [Read More...]

Religion and Culture in a Caribbean Mosque

  This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory seriesBy Saffiyya MohammedI started attending my mosque in my mid-teens during Ramadan. I had heard my friends sharing their mosque stories about the Hafiz who recited Quran too quickly to finish before a certain day in … [Read More...]

A Woman’s Place

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory seriesBy Laura PAs I entered the women’s building of the mosque and took off my shoes, I could hear the imam over the loudspeaker saying that Islam had honored women by lifting the requirement for them to go out from their homes. I offered two rak … [Read More...]

Are my rights as an American linked to whether I can help eliminate ISIS?

We have birthright citizenship in this country. That means that when I was born on a wintry, late November night to Sudanese parents living in Michigan on student visas (go, Spartans!), I was granted automatic US citizenship. Days later, my parents had their first ever Thanksgiving meal with … [Read More...]