WHM: White American Muslim Women Building Bridges

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos White Muslim women are a growing demographic in American Muslim culture. They come from a variety of backgrounds and encounter issues specific to intersections of religion, race and gender. White American Muslim women frequently marry within their faith but outside of their race, which necessitates the need to develop cultural competency about their marginalized coreligionists.  White American Muslim women also find it necessary to hone a keen awareness of how their socio-political placement as privileged Whites in… Read more

WHM: Vantablackness – Shaking Things up

American Muslims comprise a spectrum of people from numerous races, ethnicities, nationalities, etc.  Also, there are contentious issues involving gender. Consequently, the American Ummah is constantly in a state of socio-cultural transformations that include people willing to push against the status quo and highlight issues, and the people affected by them, many may consider uncomfortable.  The vantablack Muslimaat featured like to shake things up and get people thinking. Amina Wadud Amina Wadud has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Arabic and is a… Read more

American Muslim Women Say No to EU Hijab Ban

NEW YORK – The European Court of Justice ruling, allowing employers to ban hijab, has been casting shadows on Muslims worldwide. Critics of the ban consider it part of multiple legislation in Europe targeting Muslim women’s outfit, as part of a broad campaign of discrimination against Muslims globally. Many Muslim racial justice, social justice, and human rights activists in the United States consider the recent ban another example of increasing xenophobic and extremist anti-Muslim bias. “I’m not surprised. Various European… Read more

WHM: Celebrating Vantablackness – Authors and Writers

The pen is a powerful tool for social advancement and change. Written works by conscientious authors and writers can be enriching, empowering, and inspiring.  These Vantablack Muslim women use their skills as wordsmiths to contribute a breadth of prose that highlights the histories and experiences of African American and African Diaspora Muslims, address American Muslim cultural issues and contribute significant works to the American Muslim literary canon. Jamillah Kareem Jamillah Karim is an award-winning author, lecturer, and blogger. Karim specializes in… Read more

Women’s History Month, Celebrating Vantablackness Part I

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos One of the cool things about being a Black Muslim woman is that as soon as one month dedicated to understanding a cultural intersection (race) I embody concludes, it is time for another. Just when Black History Month ends, we begin to recognize the myriad of accomplishments made by women. As we usher in Women’s History Month, I would like to highlight Black Muslim women who impact and influence the way many of us navigate through Muslim… Read more

NbA Muslims’ Post-BHM Reads

  Black History Month is over, but the work to cumulate awareness about and appreciation for the rich heritages and accomplishments of Black Muslims continues. Recognition of Black History Month increases annually in American Muslim communities. Each February, masaajid, Islaamic schools and Muslim organizations offer events and information about the contributions of Muslim and non-Muslim African Americans and Blacks to the country. While the widened appreciation is positive, it is important to utilize the month-long celebration of Black lives as… Read more

Muslim Fiction and Mainstream Publishing, Authors Chat on Twitter

The mainstream publishing platform is infamous for its lack of diversity and inclusion as well as pigeonholing the few minority authors in the industry. NbA Muslim fiction authors Sahar Abdulaziz, Karimah Grayson and Umm Juwayriyah joined Layla Abdullah-Poulos on a live Twitter chat to discuss the significance of mainstream publishing to Muslim fiction.  In addition to the chat’s guests,  authors and writers from a range of backgrounds, including Papatia Feauxzar and Isra Ibrahim, responded to questions generated by a recent open call for… Read more

Muslims Respond to 45’s Law Enforcement EOs

45 signed three law enforcement executive orders that potentially have negative consequences for social justice resistance and marginalized communities. NbA Muslims reached out to American Muslim writers, thinkers, educators and activists to give their initial thoughts about the executive orders and the possible ramifications on individuals and organizations involved in social resistance efforts like BLM, NoDAPL and NoBanNoWall. Next: Donna Auston Read more

Muslims Tweet about #BeingBlackandMuslim

#BeingBlackAndMuslim means being affected by both White and Arab supremacy.— Wayfarer Mama (@WayfarerMama) February 15, 2017 On February 14th, Black Muslims of numerous backgrounds took to Twitter for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative’s #BeingBlackandMuslim chat.  This was the 4th year of the Twitter chat, which asked participants to answer six questions: What are the effects of 45’s Executive Orders on #BeingBlackAndMuslim? How can we counter the erasure of #BeingBlackAndMuslim? What are #BeingBlackAndMuslim led initiatives we should support? Who are #BeingBlackAndMuslim scholars,… Read more

#DietWoke: Capitalizing and Branding Social Justice

Social activism is a noble endeavor requiring a substantial amount of time and energy. Most activists dedicate themselves to their causes in varying capacities, make a host of sacrifices, and endure significant pushback to affect change. In addition to the creating and amplifying platforms to engage actual work on the ground, activists frequently need to create a delicate balance of asserting their voices and placing themselves in the spotlight to draw attention to their causes and acquiring critical funding without making it about… Read more

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