By NbA Muslims Team One of the main reasons why NbA Muslims founder, Layla Abdullah-Poulos launched this platform was to support and promote art, culture and social issues. “We should all be each other’s cheerleaders,” said Abdullah-Poulos during a Muslimah Writers summit interview. Under her pseudonym, Lyndell Williams, she had 3 short stories published in the collection Shades of BWWM. The anthology features stories involving Black women and White men as love interests. The stories touch multiple genres. her stories include… Read more

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos TRIED AND TESTED By Umm Juwayriyah $17.00, pp. 340, Paper $ 3.99, Kindle The Johnson family’s prodigal daughter Iman returns home. She has left  abusive husband Mateo and is ready to recommit to her faith, but things aren’t easy.  Although her mother and siblings welcome Iman, not all of the members of their Muslim community is ready to accept her. Mateo is also not quick to let his bride go. He works every manipulative angle he can… Read more

Original Source: Between Sisters, SVP EXPENDABLE: GROUNDBREAKING, UNPREDICTABLE, WELL-WRITTEN. DALLAS, TX — July 1st, 2018. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING officially released Expendable by American Author Sahar AbdulAziz. Although Expendable is her fifth novel being published, it has seniority over AdbulAziz’s timely and critically acclaimed political thriller titled Tight Rope. Simply said, Expendable was written before Tight Rope. And DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING is honored to be the best home for this needed book as well. Read the press release to get more details about Tight… Read more

After watching a Facebook Live feed  involving an interview between non-Black Muslim activist Tox Sharif and Black Muslim Nabil Abdurashid, Layla Abdullah-Poulos posted a commentary video  highlighting some of the things she found disturbing about the discussion that was supposed to address racism and anti-Blackness inside of British Muslim culture but barely did. Although I found the title of the interview, Can you be Black and Muslim at the Same time?, problematic, I was hopeful that in the wake of scandals involving harmful racial language… Read more

It’s the day after Eid-ul-Fitr 2018, and Muslim across the globe are probably still reeling from how quickly the blessed month of Ramadan came and went. Having fasted, prayed and trying to gather up as many good deeds as possible, Muslims donned some of their finest threads and headed for the Eid prayer and commenced to party. In addition to an awesome day with family and friends, I kept my eye on Instagram (I will be using the handles of the… Read more

Despite international appeal, the government of Sudan is preparing to execute 19-year-old Noura Hussein after she was convicted of killing her husband. Hussein was gang-raped by her husband and 3 of his male family members. When he attempted to sexually assault her again, Noura stabbed him in self-defense. Co-founder & Executive Director of HEART Women and Girls, Nadiah Mohajir joins Layla Abdullah-Poulos to talk about Noura Hussein, sexual abuse and criminalizing survivors. Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6 pm EST (5 pm… Read more

Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Khadijah Abdulhaqq talk about the author’s latest book Nanni’s Hijab and bullying Muslim children and adults face inside and outside of Muslim spaces. Children across the country continue to be adversely affected by bullying. Muslim children frequently encounter layers of bullying resulting from aversions to their faith, skin color, background, etc., which makes it necessary for open conversations about it. AbdulHaqq shares her motivations for writing Nanni’s Hijab and how parents may help keep their children and themselves safer…. Read more

Domestic violence continues to plague society. Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Tariq El-Amin discuss Umm Juwayriyah’s novel Tried and Tested and the author’s fictional portrayal of multiple levels of domestic violence reflecting partner abuse in the society. Layla and Tariq also talk about Noura Hussein’s brutal rape and receiving the death penalty as well as the loss of women’s autonomy and agency in Muslim and non-Muslim cultures.   Follow Tariq El-Amin    Follow Radio Islam          Read more

via GIPHY Ramadan is a blessed month, wherein Muslims around the globe take part in numerous acts of worship and fellowship. Along with the serenity and spirituality the month brings is some observable behaviors one may find among fasters. An important activity in which fasting people engage is suhoor—the morning meal eaten before sunrise. The Prophet Muhammad said, “Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there are blessings.” Every morning, potential fasters rise and behave in ways that range as much as the… Read more

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos RESILIENCE – FROM KILLING FIELDS TO BOARDROOM By Emad Rahim, Ph.D $17.99, pp. 106, Paper $ 6.50, pp. 106, Kindle There are books that we may read once or twice. We enjoy them—or not— and then shelve, give away, or toss them as necessary. Then there are those books that become mainstays in our lives for one reason or another. For many Muslims, the Quran, ahadith books and scholarly works are staples in their reading repertoires,… Read more

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