WHM: Vantablackness – Shaking Things up

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. [Read More…]

Women’s History Month, Celebrating Vantablackness Part I

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 [Read More…]

Muslim Ban, Anti-Blackness and African American Muslims

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 [Read More…]

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Live Discussion: Black Muslim Resistance Asserting Our Space in the American Ummah

  Black Muslims navigate discrete social intersections of religion, race, and national identity. As a subgroup of American Muslim culture, Black Muslims encompass a spectrum of national experiences, from the enslaved to immigrants. Black Muslims played a vital role in Islam becoming a bona fide American religion and can lay claim to a rich social [Read More…]

#nbamuslims 500: Where are you From? The Stolen Legacies of African-American Muslims

I entered the gas station, prepared to fill my car’s tank and my two little ones’ bellies. The attendant’s gaze fell upon me, and he looked puzzled. I recognized the expression on his face as the one I typically get from many of my fellow Muslims who see my black skin and dress and begin [Read More…]