RISGate 2016: 3 Things (Among Many) Muslims Did Right

It has been over a week since a noted Muslim scholar made incendiary statements promoting the usual bigoted rhetoric used to derail conversations about systemic racism at the 2016 Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention. The scholar referred to common myths about the Black American experience like “Black-on-Black” crime and the breakdown of Black families and the subsequent attempt to apologize exacerbated the situation with the use of the typical “I have Black friends” to demonstrate how one can not be… Read more

NbA Muslims, Favorite 2016 Interviews

As the year draw nears an end, we fondly look back at some of the interviews highlighting the unique perspectives of native-born American Muslims. It was a pleasure talking with authors about their works as well as activists to gain some perspective on this dynamic culture. Next: Papatia Feauxzar Read more

White Racial Rhetoric & Black American Muslims

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Not another Muslim Christmas Song!

The holiday season in the United States seems to begin earlier every year. This year, people hastily took down their scary Halloween décor and replaced it with happy Christmas ones. Stores, offices, and other establishments pipe a steady stream of holiday songs, and almost everyone purses their lips to let out a constant refrain of “Happy Holidays!” Consequently, for many American Muslims, the season is saturated with pressures (including from inside some Muslim communities) to participate in events and activities… Read more

Live Discussion: Black Muslim Resistance Asserting Our Space in the American Ummah

  Black Muslims navigate discrete social intersections of religion, race, and national identity. As a subgroup of American Muslim culture, Black Muslims encompass a spectrum of national experiences, from the enslaved to immigrants. Black Muslims played a vital role in Islam becoming a bona fide American religion and can lay claim to a rich social justice heritage rooted in continuous resistance against racism and inequality since slavery as well as anti-Muslim discrimination, anti-Blackness in Muslim communities and immigration. Black Muslims… Read more

False Attack Claims Reveal Muslim Youth Identity Crisis

False claims of anti-Muslim attacks potentially shed skepticism on any report made by  Muslims. The broader society is inclined to ignore issues of racism, xenophobia, and gendered violence, all of which serve as catalysts for such attacks. Instead, there is a demand to have Muslims, especially Muslim women, provide a steady stream of incidents to feed a national preoccupation that portrays them as defenseless. Police recently discovered that a young Muslim college student lied that she was harassed on a subway by… Read more

American Muslim Women Resist Soft Target Stereotype

  Today’s media is saturated with stories featuring Muslim women targeted by predators infused with hatred.  One consequence of tenacious presentations of Muslim women as victims promotes stereotypes of them as feeble soft targets for anti-Muslim aggression.  8 Muslim women writers and thinkers (including me) share their perspectives about social narratives making them less safe. The Salafi Feminist The media’s framing of Muslim women as passive victims plays into a convenient narrative that lends to the idea of nonMuslims – or… Read more

Live Discussion: Prayer and Pepper Spray: American Muslim Women Safety

The increase of attacks on Muslim women across the country once again raises questions about the safety of Muslim women, hindrances on their autonomy, and the importance of dialogues about defense of self in American Muslim Communities. The of aggression against easily-identified covered Muslim women and prevalent media portrayal of them as perpetual victims also regenerates the need to address issues of the politicization of hijab, examine national narratives stereotyping us as feeble, and foster a shift from victimization to… Read more

Don’t Confuse Anger for Fear

Embed from Getty Images Editor’s Note: This piece is a guest post, written by Sahar Abdulaziz Abdulaziz’s post is third in a 3-part series amplifying the voices and perspectives of NbA White Muslim women as members of the American Muslim culture. By Sahar Abdulaziz Tyranny masked as democracy has reared its vile head and won, and those who have been marginalized, tyrannized, threatened, and vilified are once again propped up as targets for outright unabashed aggression and violence. Moreover, those… Read more

White Muslims and Racism: Joining the Conversations

Embed from Getty Images Editor’s Note: This piece is a guest post, written by Lindsay Angelow. Angelow is an international health / community health professional who accepted Islam in 1993. She is seeking to build a network of like-minded Muslims to strategize around engaging white Muslims in racial justice work both within the Muslim community and in society at large. Angelow’s post the second in a 3-part series amplifying the voices and perspectives of NbA White Muslim women as members… Read more