Muslims and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement: A Roundup

Muslims and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement: A Roundup July 22, 2016

Flickr Commons/Elvert Barnes
Flickr Commons/Elvert Barnes

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of news and many of us are still reeling from what is turning out to be a particularly bloody and disturbing summer. We’ve been witness to terror attacks throughout Ramadan, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the attacks against civilians in France and Germany, the protests in Kashmir, aerial bomb attacks against civilians in Syria, and the Republican National Convention

It is difficult to process all the constant breaking news abroad and domestically, but it’s still critical for American Muslims to focus on the crisis of anti-Black racism. Not only do Black and African American people comprise one-third of the American Muslim population – and we are daily affected by anti-Black racism – but our faith is inherently, explicitly, and unequivocally anti-racist. The Holy Qur’an is clear that humanity’s racial and linguistic diversity is meant to build intercultural relationships (Quran 49:13) and the Prophet Muhammad SAWS dedicated a portion of his Last Sermon to exhort against racism and xenophobia among the faithful.

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.

In this blog, I’ve curated the articles, interviews, videos, resources, and a khutbah on the #BlackLivesMatter movement that you may have missed in the media deluge over the last few weeks. Check them out below!


A Letter to the President

The Political Uses of Malcolm X’s Image

Imam Omar Suleiman on Race in America

What’s the Matter with #AllLivesMatter

Where Black and Palestinian Lives Meet (Part One)

Where Black and Palestinian Lives Meet (Part Two)

Black Muslim Woman: Discrimination and Identity

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Being Black and Muslim in the Post 9/11, Post-Ferguson Era

On Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Matter to Non-Black Muslims

Meeting the Needs of Generation 9/11: Getting Race Right


A Call for Justice

#BlackLivesMatter Toolkit for Muslims

Self-Care is a Divine Responsibility

#BlackLivesMatter Reads for Teens

Exploring Arab-Black Solidarity Ideas

What Can Muslims (and others) Do to Support the #BlackLivesMatter Movement?


Hope in the Midst of Turmoil: A Reflection During Ramadan

Khutbah on Dallas Shooting and #BlackLivesMatter:



Check out this list of American Muslim activists, scholars, and organizations working to dismantle anti-Black racism every day and follow them on Twitter.

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