February 20, 2021

  Original Post – About Islam In celebration of this year’s Black History Month, US Black Muslim Authors have come together this month (February) in a series of virtual discussions about the intersections and influence of race and faith on their work as part of the 3rd Black Muslim Authors Conference (BMAcon). BMAcon has hosted a series of live panel sessions on About Islam Facebook page, which has over 380 thousand followers. The event, hosted by author and educator Layla Abdullah-Poulos of NbA,... Read more

February 1, 2021

By Hazel Gómez In this strange era of the increased attempt of institutionalizing Islamophobia from the right and the subtle cultural Islamophobic blows from the left, Muslim women who choose to cover with the khimar aka ḥijāb/headscarf are at the receiving end of it all. From governments trying to implement ḥijāb bans to fellow citizens being hostile to the point of physical harm, wearing the khimar– an outward religious expression of a woman’s adherence to the Islamic faith – has... Read more

December 2, 2020

Launchgood business development specialist, Khadijah Abdullah joined Layla Abdullah-Poulos on an About Islam Instagram live to talk about the importance of fundraising to Muslim nonprofit organizations and Giving Tuesday.   Giving Tuesday is a a global endeavor to increase genorisity. Many Muslim nonprofit organizations engage in fundraising campaigns to attain essential funding to maintain sustainability.     Read more

November 14, 2020

Original Post: YaQutullah Muhammad – A Nutritionist Tackling Diet Culture & Promoting Prophetic Balance When quarantine hit, I had an opportunity to move away from the conflicting dieting and Muslim cultural chatter about food. Sitting in silence with myself, I realized that I spent the past 29 years gathering information about food and faith but never made any fully autonomous decisions about what I eat and how it relates to my worship. I consider Islam as a deen, a way of life,... Read more

November 7, 2020

Original Post: Racism is a Health Crisis, says Black Muslim Physician When protests broke out over the deaths the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, internal medicine specialist, Dr. Constance Shabazz joined the global outcry. She shared the historical and modern connections between racism and healthcare with AboutIslam and why many medical professionals consider racism a medical crisis. A History of Medical Racism Dr. Shabazz contended that racism remains a major health issue for Black Americans. “We were forcibly brought into this... Read more

November 6, 2020

Original Post: About Islam The 2020 presidential election results remain up in the air, with no solid winner. Voters wait for a second day on the final vote counts in some states. The uncertainty has generated a lot of anxiety among citizens across the country, including Muslims, waiting to learn who will lead the nation after a year of pandemic and protests. Attorney and Muslim Anti-racism Collaborative co-founder, Namira Islam joined Layla Abdullah-Poulos to discuss the election, American Muslim voters and ways people can cope... Read more

November 2, 2020

Original Post US Elections: About Islam Interviews Prof. Shamika Mitchell With just one day left until Election Day, US Muslims struggle with the conflict of deciding to hit the polls. Over two-hundred million of the country’s three-hundred million population can vote, but less than 60 percent did in the past three presidential elections. Voting remains a point of tension among American Muslims. While some may see the immediate urgency in exercising their rights and effecting change through election participation, others avoid... Read more

October 31, 2020

  Original Post: Dr. Kameelah Rashad Champions Mental Health and Shares Radical Love Along the Way I first met Dr. Kameelah Rashad at the Black Muslim Psychology Conference, a convening created by her that centers on the mental and emotional well being of Black Muslims and addresses the social issues impacting them. The annual conference is one of the many ways that she uses her sage voice and expertise to amplify personal, community and national issues impacting Black Muslims, non-Muslims and... Read more

October 30, 2020

    All New Interview! NbA Muslims Authors Speak with Layla Abdullah-Poulos interviews author Umm Juwayriyah about the importance of diversity in literature. Umm Juwayriyah is the founder or Muslim Girls Read and co-editor of the Black Muslim Reads Anthology. She tells Layla that she began writing in the fifth grade and talks about her motivations for writing. “It hit me early on that my favorite [book] characters were nothing like me,” she says, “their families were nothing like mine.... Read more

October 19, 2020

NbA Muslims Staff A panel of Black Muslim authors wrapped up a weekend Black Muslim Festival wealth sessions, discussing the importance of messaging and branding when writing and selling books. The online discussion was one of many during the month-long festival that centers Black Muslim experiences. Hosted by Layla Abdullah-Poulos, authors Habeeb Akande, Halimah DeOliveira, Na’ima B. Robert, Rahmah Roodah, Umm Juwayriyah and Umm Zakiyyah shared their motivations for writing, challenges authors may encounter and balancing content and branding.   Find Authors’... Read more

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