By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Eid-ul-Adha is a day rich with blessings, spiritual growth, and fellowship. Around the world, Muslims follow the sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws) and dress in their finest to worship and, let’s be honest, party! So, one of the many things this blessed day brings is a chance for some fun and fashion. I let Muslims know early in the day that I would be scanning social media and the famous #blackouteid for threads and looks…. Read more

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos HIS OTHER WIFE Umm Zakiyyah $25.99, 286 pp, Paper; $9.99, Kindle Normally, I have a strict policy against reading books longer than 300-350pp, and an author is pushing it the further away from 300pp a book gets. I am a product of my society, and if you can’t tell me a story by 300pp, then I am not interested. Umm Zakiyyah’s His other Wife is an exception. She kept me riveted to the development of main… Read more

Muslim authors produce valuable artifacts that reveal the foundations and evolution of our cultural identities. As part of her research, NbA Muslims founder Layla Abdullah-Poulos read a variety of books written by NbA Muslims as well as Muslims from different subcultures in the United States and Great Britain. When provided the opportunity, she invited authors to NbA Muslims Authors Speak so readers can learn their motivations and perspectives. Now NbA Muslims Authors Speak is returning! Join us and authors as… Read more

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

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