May 17, 2020

NbA Muslims Staff As Muslims across the globe prepare what may be their last iftar for this Ramadan, we decided to share Laura El-Alam’s descriptions of the different types of people that may be at the table when breaking the fast. The Moaner While The Moaner likely spent the whole day stoically enduring their fast at school or work, their personality morphs once they enter the sanctuary of their home. As their name implies, The Moaner expresses their discomfort vocally, usually… Read more

May 17, 2020

Original Post: About Islam By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Coaching and mentoring provide important means to acquire essential competencies and interpersonal skills for critical professional development and networking. Coaching fosters learning skills and enhancing performance crucial to success. Coaches can help professionals find balance, set smarter goals and improve confidence. While coaches help with learning skills, mentors inspire, providing insight and advice for achievement. At-risk young adults who have mentors are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 46% less likely to use drugs. The Black Muslim… Read more

May 10, 2020

Guest Writer – Laura El Alam Ramadan is a blessed month, wherein Muslims around the globe take part in numerous acts of worship and fellowship. Along with the serenity and spirituality the month brings is some observable behaviors one may find among fasters. An important activity in which fasting people engage is suhoor—the morning meal eaten before sunrise. The Prophet Muhammad said, “Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there are blessings.” Every morning, potential fasters rise and behave in ways that range as… Read more

May 10, 2020

NbA Muslims Staff Layla Abdullah-Poulos joined Tariq I. El-Amin on The Black Glue Podcast to talk about celebrating Ramadan during the COVID pandemic. Sheltering-in-place impacts millions of Muslims in the US during the blessed month, requiring that they consider celebrating and worshiping outside of communal spaces. Tariq and Layla talk about the need for pragmatism, optimism, and planning during Ramadan and to reimagine how to engage in devotion and fellowship. Read more

May 3, 2020

Original Post: Layla Writes Love By Sara Allen Every morning at around 10 a.m., I sit at my desk and prepare to create, to write those words that spill from my fingers. Some days, the words flow like butter off a hot knife. Other days, it’s like pulling teeth without the anesthetic. I take what I can get. Compared to other authors, I haven’t been writing for what I would consider a good length of time. Although my desire to… Read more

April 19, 2020

Original Post: Haute Hijab By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Despite the beauty of Islam as a faith and way of life, there are harsh realities that come from interacting with one’s fallible co-religionists. Muslims are human and prone to gracing each other with love and compassion as well as inflicting one another with pain and subjugation. No one is immune. Adherents, leaders and scholars can all be sources of abuse, creating emotional pain and potential crises of faith. Issues of abuse continue… Read more

April 5, 2020

Original Post: About Islam By  Layla Abdullah-Poulos April is Sexual Abuse Awareness month. Sexual abuse of children remains an ongoing societal problem. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), “child protective services substantiates or finds evidence, for child sexual abuse” every nine minutes, with eighty-two percent of all victims being female children under the age of eighteen. “I’m a Survivor of childhood sexual abuse,” said Shariea Shoatz. “A family member abused me and suffered in silence for many… Read more

March 30, 2020

NbA Muslims Staff Self-distancing, quarantine, lockdown, whatever anyone calls it, days couped up in the house can be draining. Limited socializing, lack of access to faith spaces and concern about the well being of family, friends and community takes a spiritual toll. Fortunately, there are plenty of inspirational (inspo) books by Muslim authors sharing their experiences through an array of memoirs and biographies, which offer authors a chance to share their lives and motivate readers drawn to their stories. We… Read more

March 26, 2020

Faced with COVID-19 school closings across the country, millions of American parents seek ways to care for their children at home and make sure they take measures to avoid academic decline during self-quarantine. Muslim authors write children’s books that provide entertaining diverse stories and give young people chances to read and learn about our multifaceted culture. Here is a dynamic list of Muslim children’s books to add to your young one’s diverse library! By NbA Muslims Staff Bashirah and The… Read more

March 15, 2020

Original Post: Haute Hijab By Layla Abdullah-Poulos January not only ushers in a new year but an increased focus on the histories and experiences of people across social intersections. It starts with annual events and national holidays, like the Women’s March and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day in January, then Black History Month and World Hijab Day in February, Women’s History Month follows in March and Malcolm X is honored in May. All of the aforementioned are necessary for… Read more

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