The Things We Carry in a Time of War and No Peace

Where are the grief counselors for the things we carry When the whole world is portrayed as falling apart in our religion’s name And all some people can do is politicize and police the depth of our sorrow While we struggle to stay sane? Where are the safe spaces to share the things we carry Who are [Read More…]

We Can’t Breathe: An African-American Muslim Mother Speaks

I thought I was doing a good job compartmentalizing recent events until I couldn’t sleep for several nights in a row. The deepest recesses of my being just wouldn’t allow it. My soul was too busy trying to make sense of the evils ravaged against my peoples. [Read more…]

I am Proud to be of Christian and Muslim Heritage

Muslim History Detective’s log, 08/13/14: In researching my family history, I recently learned that one set of great-great grandparents, on my mother’s side, owned land in South Carolina that has been in our family for over a century. Though I did not know it until recently, I among the heirs of this land. There is [Read More…]

Make it Plain: The Truth about the Muslims Called Bilalians

By Precious Rasheeda Muhammad and Guest Co-Author Mahasin Abuwi Aleem* We read a well-meaning article recently, by Chaplain Bilal Ansari, which misrepresented the history of the American Muslim community that once referred to themselves as “Bilalians.” We co-authored this piece to correct the most problematic inaccuracies. Going forward, we will also be co-curating a documentary [Read More…]

The American President and the Muslim Sister in the Majestic Purple Headdress

Muslim History Detective’s log, 2/28/14 Just four or five rows behind President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Muslim woman sat, adorned in a majestically wrapped and hued purple headdress. The color crowned her glowing brown skin, completing her worthily. I had not been looking for her. I did not even know she [Read More…]

An African Muslim Prince Goes to Boston in 1828

Muslim History Detective’s log, 2/26/2014 On a jubilant Boston afternoon in August of 1828, David Walker – an African-American merchant, civil rights activist and fierce abolitionist – delivered an intense toast at a banquet in honor of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima ibn Sori, a West-African born Muslim and prince who had been enslaved in the United States [Read More…]

2014 Black History Month Reflections: Imam W.D. Mohammed on Religious Freedom

(NB: During this Black History Month, I aim to write a few short pieces focusing on events connected to Muslims of black African descent who have contributed to the American religious and historical landscape in a significant way.) Muslim History Detective’s log, February 5, 2014 On June 25, 1988, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed attended the [Read More…]


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