Umm Juwayriyah is a popular NbA Muslim urban fiction author. In addition to her online blog series, and children’s books, she’s written the novels The Size of a Mustard Seed and Tried and Tested, her latest book about life in an African American Muslim community. Layla Abdullah-Poulos interviewed Umm Juwayriyah about her new book, abusive relationships, young Muslims, and African American Muslim experiences. Complexity of Abusive Relationships Abdullah-Poulos and Umm Juwayriyah talked about the complexity of abusive relationships, wherein victims are frequently torn between… Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Ah, “hot takes.” Those up-to-date responses to an event that hit the news and social media every day like hail on a newly-waxed car. For some bizarre reason, when something happens – somewhere, it becomes necessary for everybody and their mama to comment on it as quickly as possible, which would be fine if things happened in neatly encapsulated bubbles of reality, which they don’t. Instead, life on this planet is a big blue bunch of messy… Read more

Layla Abdullah-Poulos had the opportunity to talk with Islamic scholar Ahmad Mubarak about his book Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims, which he co-authored with Dawud Walid. The book highlights Black Islamic history, a part of the faith’s rich heritage often ignored. During the interview, Abdullah-Poulos and Mubarak discussed a number of issues reflecting Black Muslims experiences as well as those affecting the ummah. Arabness and Blackness Mubarak explains the history of Islamic scholarship addressing… Read more

  By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Once again, news of another violation of a Muslim female’s person hits the internet, demonstrating the broader society’s tenacious discomfort with our existence as well as assumptions about the multifaceted significance of modesty in American Muslim culture. Instances of such breaches also typically produce short-lived conversations inside Muslim communities, with very little attention paid to Muslim women. Normally, there is a litany of non-Muslims apologizing for or justifying the unacceptable behavior of the aggressors as well as Muslim male… Read more

Article by Layla Abdullah-Poulos with US Muslim women reactions to the assault of a Muslim student by her teacher. Original Source: About Islam NEW YORK – A video of a Muslim student having her hijab removed by a teacher went viral on the internet and resulted in the teacher’s suspension. The video shows the teacher removing the hijab and then inviting others in the classroom to fondle the student’s hair. The incident took place at The New Vision Academy in Nashville, TN. The… Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos NbA Muslim Hip-hop artist Alia Sharrief dropped her new video “Pose for the Picture” on YouTube, addressing the disturbing trend of activism for the sake of optics in social justice. A remix of Lil Uzi Vert’s song “XO Tour LIif3,” Sharrief infuses her usual social commentary and lyrical style to broach the question “Why you pose for the picture” while having little to no tangible vestment in subjugation struggles and remaining complacent about the deaths of those subject… Read more

The NbA Muslims Authors Speaks interview series returned with an exciting conversation between Islamic erotologist and historian Habeeb Akande and managing editor Layla Abdullah-Poulos. They discussed an array of thought-provoking issues about sex, sensuality and faith as well as problems and dysfunctions stemming from modern Muslims’ cultural aversion to thinking of sex as an Islamic endeavor. Enjoy these recap clips of their stimulating conversation. Reviving Islamic Erotology Layla and Habeeb talk about the disappearance of Islamic erotology as a science…. Read more

 This Storify highlights the conversation that Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Khalil Ismail during the premiere of NbA Muslims Art and Society series. Topics included: Characteristics of Manhood The Feminist Threat to Manhood Protection and Masculinity Follow Khalil Islamil Website: khalilismail.com Facebook: kicreatives Twitter: @khalilismail YouTube: khalilismailtv Instagram: khalilismail Follow Layla Abdullah-Poulos Twitter: @deenonthebrain YouTube: deenonthebrain Instagram: deenonthebrain [<a href=”//storify.com/nbamuslims/nba-muslims-art-society-khalil-ismail” target=”_blank”>View the story “Recap NbA Muslims Art & Society – Khalil Ismail” on Storify</a>] Read more

Manhood is a consistently changing notion in societies, especially here in the US. The idea of what comprises manhood shifted in the last few decades. Consequently, elements of masculinity that may have once been prided are now considered outdated or even vilified as “toxic.” Across cultural lines, men continually assess and reassess what comprises manhood in the context to their social spheres, including African American Muslim men. Join Layla Abdullah-Poulos as she interviews producer Khalil Ismail about his artistic social commentary… Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Originally Published: About Islam NEW YORK – For Muslims around the world, `Eid festivities provide a chance to gather for communal worship and revelry. There are large congregational prayers, with crowds that can number in the hundreds and thousands as well as family gatherings and an array of festivals. Despite the potential for spiritual development and fellowship, for Muslims with social anxiety, celebrating `Eid involves huge challenges to prevent or work through symptoms while participating in prayers… Read more

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