7/6/17 at 2 pm Google Hangout Live In this NbA Muslims online discussion, host Layla Abdullah-Poulos, author Zara J and producer Khalil Ismail explore the past, present and future of AA Muslim arts and entertainment. Topics include: The historical and modern placement of African American Muslims in American Muslim culture Erasure of African American Muslim culture in social media. *Co-opting and appropriating Building systems of support and networking Appealing to and navigating cultural exchanges with the broader culture.   Zara… Read more

Originally Published in About Islam Layla Abdullah-Poulos Philadelphia The third annual convening of the Black Muslim Psychology Conference (BMPC), organized by the Muslim Wellness Foundation, focused on the importance compassionate leadership, community well-being and healing justice.  With a new larger venue, the conference hosted double the attendees as last year. Workshops and panels centered on the BMPC theme Leading with Compassion: In Search of Healing Justice & Collective Well-Being. The conference is the vision of Kameelah Rashad, founder and president… Read more

Alhamdulillah, the blessed month of Ramadan has ended, and Muslims gathered to pray and celebrate with family and friends. One of the best parts of the day for me is to hit social media and see all the Eid photos of Muslims wearing their beautiful clothes. This is a vast country, and NbA Muslims from sea to shining sea donned some pretty awesome threads that shows their unique styles and ability to slay. Although there were tons of stylish Muslims attending… Read more

by Layla Abdullah-Poulos When I read the Facebook status of Muslim marriage counselors Naaila and Hassan Clay asking Muslim brothers to give relationship advice to Muslim women, I grabbed my coffee and began scrolling. Sure, there are plenty of times that men will freely tell women what they should do and be to “make a man happy.” Typically, such internet advice is grating and really does not shine a positive light on the men giving it, but it still piqued… Read more

Another day, and yet another Muslim conference ripe with anti-Black tone deafness and erasure. Last weekend the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) hosted its 42nd convention. The convention is one of a number of large-scale Muslim convenings in the United States with a voluminous attendance of people from multiple backgrounds. Unfortunately, like so many Muslim conventions, conferences, seminars, etc., this year’s ICNA convention revealed the consistent erasure of Black Muslims and a general lack of cultural proficiency by nBPoC… Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Black Muslims encounter layers of aggression that assail their ability to traverse through society unharassed and with dignity. I was in dire need of safety pins. Although it may seem incredible that a person can be desperate about something like safety pins, I am confident that my Muslim sisters understand the urgency at which I traveled to the store. The parking lot was full of cars, and I scanned up and down its aisles searching for a… Read more

Vantablack Muslim activist Asha Noor posed a question on her Facebook timeline that drew a firestorm of attention and dialogue. Noor’s post garnered comments well into the night. People were still liking and commenting when I woke up for Fajr!  There were major themes in the comments that demonstrate not only a problem with racial and intracultural bias in Muslim courtship and matrimonial spheres,  ignorance and defense of it seems to be pervasive. The comments also revealed some problematic notions… Read more

By Sahar Abdulaziz The Pus**y Grabbing Commander-In-Chief has officially proclaimed April as National Sexual Assault and Prevention Month: “At the heart of our country is the emphatic belief that every person has unique and infinite value. We dedicate each April to raising awareness about sexual abuse and recommitting ourselves to fighting it. Women, children, and men have inherent dignity that should never be violated.” Donald Trump How’s it working for ya America?! – that one of the biggest and least… Read more

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

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

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