July 30, 2019

Muslim Arc educational director Margari Aziz and Layla Abdullah-Poulos visited Tariq El-Amin at the Soundvision studio to talk about their anti-racism training, work, and the need for Muslims to learn about the cross-sections of White supremacy, racism, and Islamophobia. After a debate over Chicago versus New York pizza, Tariq, Margari, and Layla address schisms in Muslim communities that make solidarity challenging and racial language seeping into Muslim spaces. Margari talked a little about the need for immigrant Muslims to spend… Read more

June 30, 2019

Editors Layla Abdullah-Poulos Fatimah Abdulmalik Umm Juwayriyah Deadline September 30, 2019 Alhamdulillah, as part of NbA Muslims ongoing initiatives to promote appreciation of distinctive Muslim authorship, we are accepting submissions for the Black Muslim Reads anthology. The collection of poetry and prose is part of our #BlackMuslimReads campaign launched in 2018. The Twitter hashtag went viral its first year, flooded with pictures of books written by Black Muslim authors in the United States, United Kingdom, and across the globe. This… Read more

June 29, 2019

Original Post – About Islam Publishing and multimedia company, Omera productions, have launched their 2019 Summer Reading Challenge to promote literacy over the months that American children are out of school. Every year, educators and parents seek ways to prevent significant learning loss that many children experience over the summer recess. Commonly known as summer slide, it includes up to twenty percent losses in reading gains that require re-learning them the next school year. “As educators and parents, we realize the importance of… Read more

June 9, 2019

NbA Muslims Staff Hadi Shakuur asked for Islamic books that included Black people, and the comments section of his Facebook post exploded with titles. Black Muslim authors continue to create books featuring Black Muslim children characters and families. When asked about books featuring African American Muslim children, founders of Omera Productions, Dr. Kimberly Harper & Robyn Abdusamad explained: Our core objective is to provide African American and African American Muslim Children with positive images of themselves in books and multimedia as… Read more

June 7, 2019

Some of the most positive events to occur during the month of Ramadan were Black Muslim Iftars, a coming together of Muslims to appreciate Black Muslim experiences and cultures and provide spaces safer from racial bias and anti-Blackness. Layla Abdullah-Poulos wrote multiple pieces and discussed the layers of Black Iftar, what the gatherings offer, and pushback from detractors. Haute Hijab In the Haute Hijab article, Reflections on a Black Iftar – A One-Night Sanctuary from Hate & Microaggressions, Layla shares her… Read more

June 2, 2019

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 31, 2019

NbA Muslims Staff As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month draws to a close,  NbA Muslims and the Muslim Anti-racism Collaborative is featuring Sylvia Chan-Malik, who is one of many Asian American Muslims doing amazing things. Sylvia Chan-Malik is Associate Professor in the Departments of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she directs the Social Justice Program and teaches courses on race and ethnicity in the United States, Islam in/and America, social justice movements, feminist… Read more

May 26, 2019

Layla Abdullah-Poulos I recently had the opportunity to highlight a tenacious problem in Muslim communities—the alienation of Muslims who converted to the faith by those born into Muslim families. Many people who are new Muslims or entered the religion years ago express feelings of stigmatization and alienation, both of which become exacerbated during communal celebrations during Ramadan and Eid. I wrote an article centering Embrace, an ICNA project founded and led by Muslim reverts seeking to provide positive spaces for… Read more

May 22, 2019

Emad Rahim is this week’s NbA Muslims-MuslimARC Asian Pacific American Heritage Month featured Muslim doing amazing things. In addition to his work as an educator, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker, the Cambodian-American Muslim author is running for Third District Common Councilor in Syracuse, NY. Rahim’s public office bid demonstrates the increasing venturing of US Muslims into politics to affect positive changes in the lives of all Americans. Rahim was a little boy when he escaped the Killing Fields of Cambodia with… Read more

May 18, 2019

Layla Abdullah-Poulos In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,  NbA Muslims, in collaboration with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, will feature Asian American Muslims engaged in progressive work inside and outside of US Muslim communities. This week, we profile entrepreneur Mohamed Geraldez, who is shaking things up in fashion by offering halal menswear. California born and raised, Mohamed Geraldez is an Entrepreneur & Investor in fashion, technology, finance, and food. He has traveled to over 50 countries and by his… Read more

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