The American Muslim Feminist Witch Hunt

Acquiring knowledge in the Islamic tradition is not merely for self-satisfaction. It involves numerous endeavors to attain enlightenment and ultimately, the pleasure of The Creator, Allah. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) provided a lofty directive for attaining knowledge when he said, “It is fard (mandatory) for every Muslim to seek knowledge” (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 74). Thus, there is a rich history of Muslims procuring knowledge, which ideally enriches the ummah and creates opportunities for vibrant discussions from multiple perspectives, even those with which… Read more

#MuslimsAtStandingRock Indigenous Peoples’ Day Panel

Join Lakota, Diné, K’iche Spanish speaking Indigenous, and mixed African American-Indigenous Muslims as they discuss identity, Indigenous Rights, systemic racism, and Muslim solidarity at Indigenous People’s Day at Sacred Stone Camp. Hosted by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and moderated by Margari Hill, the live stream event will include guest speakers: Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College LaTanya Barlow Mark Crain, MPower Change Basheer Wapata, ambassador for Muslim delegation Leslie Henderson Oajaca View it LIVE Monday, October 10th 2016 at 7pm CDT on our website atmuslimarc.org/indigenous… Read more

Part of the Problem: Rationalizing Aversion to Black Muslims

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos In the article Let’s Talk About Colorblindness and Racism in The Mosque, Nzinga Muhammad outlines the dual forms of societal and intra-Muslim racism to which Black Muslims are subject and with which they must struggle in their daily lives. Muhammad describes common racist methods imposed upon Black Muslim bodies by their coreligionists in shared spaces: (more…) Read more

NbA Muslim Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz Raises Awareness about Global Water Crisis

NbA Muslims are engaged in multifaceted forms of activism to raise awareness about the global water crisis and the need to safeguard invaluable water supplies. Last month, world-renown photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz opened his Water Stories: The Global Crisis in Pictures exhibition. Presented as part of the festival Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park,  NY, Water Stories is a collaboration with the HSBC Water Programme – a partnership between HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF. The array of large-scale photos prominently displayed on light… Read more

NbA Black Muslims #WeMustWin National Call

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos On 9/23/16, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaboration and Sapelo Square co-sponsored the #WeMustWin national call. Organized by Margari Hill and Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, the main purpose of the call was to create a space for Muslims to discuss the Movement for Black Lives after the recent deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott by law enforcement, which is part of a disturbing trend of loss of lives in Black communities. The #WeMustWin national call comprised of a… Read more

MuslimARC National Call for Muslims to #SupportStandingRock

NbA Muslims Muslims from across the United States and Canada participated in a national conversation to share ideas on how American Muslims can support the efforts by Native Americans to preserve their lands at Standing Rock. (more…) Read more

MuslimARC Privilege and Allyship Workshop at NYU

Allies with limited knowledge about the circumstances of those marginalized can impede progress. Join NbA Muslims project manager Layla Abdullah-Poulos for the MuslimARC Privilege and Allyship workshop to discuss the essential characteristics of a functional social justice ally. 9/22/16 at 6:30 pm Islamic Center at New York University 238 Thompson St., 4th Fl., New York, NY 10012 Read more

#nbamuslims500: NbA Black Muslims take the So Gone Challenge

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos, project manager Social media is plentiful with “challenges” started for a variety of reasons. Some like the Ice Bucket Challenge start to raise awareness. Others like the plethora of health challenges (i.e. squat challenge, crunch challenge, etc.) seek to get bodies in shape. There are also challenges out there launched to entertain and give people the opportunity to display their talents to the world. Recently, the #sogonechallenge became viral, and a range of celebrities and netizens posted… Read more

BOOK REVIEW: The Packing House – Monsters are real

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos                    THE PACKING HOUSE By G. Donald Cribbs $16.95, 286 pp, Paper Originally published in Book/Mark  We wonder at monsters and their tantalizing effects on our sensibilities while viewing or reading about them. However, sometimes monsters are real, and for their victims, there is nothing but visceral fear that consumes their lives and resides in their minds for perpetuity. These are the types of monsters against which Joel Scrivner must struggle in THE PACKING HOUSE by G…. Read more

#nbamuslims 500: Supporting Fighters for Social Justice

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos While reading online articles, watching video clips, and scrolling through social media, it is easy for us to forget that resistance against oppression and the struggle for equality comes with real-life consequences and perils. Many of the people embroiled in social protests, even the more peaceful ones, often find their liberty and personal safety in jeopardy. Recently, a video of a young Black woman named Coco Barnes’ passionate speech against police brutality and the murder of unarmed… Read more

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