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

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

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

  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

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

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

#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

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

A simple apology is powerful in healing damage caused by our words and actions and a fundamental part of Islam. American Muslim culture is rich with a multitude of races and ethnicities, which offers opportunities to foster solidarity and become allies in resisting oppression inside and outside of our communities.  Conversely, it may also increase the chance that Muslims marginalized through social intersections of race, gender, ability and sexuality further victimized by their coreligionists because of the dire need for… Read more

Four Muslim women connect oppression dots between the “Muslim Ban” and systemic racism, encourage AA Muslims to extend their historic justice struggles…. By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Since the signing of 45’s executive order on immigration, American Muslims from numerous backgrounds engaged in multifaceted forms of resistance. The need to amplify and work against the suppressive measures of the executive order discriminately targeting Muslims is obvious. However, recent calls for resistance stirred some tensions among African American Muslims. Black Muslims in the US… Read more

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