July 2, 2018

After watching a Facebook Live feed  involving an interview between non-Black Muslim activist Tox Sharif and Black Muslim Nabil Abdurashid, Layla Abdullah-Poulos posted a commentary video  highlighting some of the things she found disturbing about the discussion that was supposed to address racism and anti-Blackness inside of British Muslim culture but barely did. Although I found the title of the interview, Can you be Black and Muslim at the Same time?, problematic, I was hopeful that in the wake of scandals involving harmful racial language… Read more

June 16, 2018

It’s the day after Eid-ul-Fitr 2018, and Muslim across the globe are probably still reeling from how quickly the blessed month of Ramadan came and went. Having fasted, prayed and trying to gather up as many good deeds as possible, Muslims donned some of their finest threads and headed for the Eid prayer and commenced to party. In addition to an awesome day with family and friends, I kept my eye on Instagram (I will be using the handles of the… Read more

June 12, 2018

Despite international appeal, the government of Sudan is preparing to execute 19-year-old Noura Hussein after she was convicted of killing her husband. Hussein was gang-raped by her husband and 3 of his male family members. When he attempted to sexually assault her again, Noura stabbed him in self-defense. Co-founder & Executive Director of HEART Women and Girls, Nadiah Mohajir joins Layla Abdullah-Poulos to talk about Noura Hussein, sexual abuse and criminalizing survivors. Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6 pm EST (5 pm… Read more

June 6, 2018

Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Khadijah Abdulhaqq talk about the author’s latest book Nanni’s Hijab and bullying Muslim children and adults face inside and outside of Muslim spaces. Children across the country continue to be adversely affected by bullying. Muslim children frequently encounter layers of bullying resulting from aversions to their faith, skin color, background, etc., which makes it necessary for open conversations about it. AbdulHaqq shares her motivations for writing Nanni’s Hijab and how parents may help keep their children and themselves safer…. Read more

June 5, 2018

Domestic violence continues to plague society. Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Tariq El-Amin discuss Umm Juwayriyah’s novel Tried and Tested and the author’s fictional portrayal of multiple levels of domestic violence reflecting partner abuse in the society. Layla and Tariq also talk about Noura Hussein’s brutal rape and receiving the death penalty as well as the loss of women’s autonomy and agency in Muslim and non-Muslim cultures.   Follow Tariq El-Amin    Follow Radio Islam          Read more

May 20, 2018

via GIPHY 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 much as the… Read more

April 29, 2018

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos RESILIENCE – FROM KILLING FIELDS TO BOARDROOM By Emad Rahim, Ph.D $17.99, pp. 106, Paper $ 6.50, pp. 106, Kindle There are books that we may read once or twice. We enjoy them—or not— and then shelve, give away, or toss them as necessary. Then there are those books that become mainstays in our lives for one reason or another. For many Muslims, the Quran, ahadith books and scholarly works are staples in their reading repertoires,… Read more

April 23, 2018

By NbA Muslims Staff Layla Abdullah-Poulos joined Tariq El-Amin to discuss the book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, racial dynamics and how intracultural anti-Blackness hinders the ability to resist subjugation. El-Amin and Abdullah-Poulos begin their conversation talking about the execution of Beydoun’s book and extend it into how many American Muslims need to develop an increased understanding of how layers of Islamophobia in the country affect their lives as well as the way interact with each other…. Read more

April 22, 2018

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos AMERICAN ISLAMOPHOBIA: UNDERSTANDING THE ROOTS AND RISE OF FEAR By Khaled Beydoun, Ph.D University of California Press $20.81, pp. 264. Paper $14.55, pp. 265, Kindle In his new book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, law professor and activist Khaled Beydoun speaks truth to power and encourages empowerment and liberation from subjugation. American Islamophobia is a critical examination and explication of the multifaceted endeavor to dehumanize a diverse population of people based on… Read more

April 17, 2018

By NbA Muslims Staff This year’s The Hijabi Chronicles at New York University featured an array of hip-hop and spoken word performers. NbA Muslims creator and ME, Layla Abdullah-Poulos was invited by organizers to do an authors reading of her work. Layla, who writes under the pseudonym Lyndell Williams, will be releasing her first novel, the much-anticipated interracial romance My Way to You. The novel features Asian American lawyer Simon Young and pro-Black blogger Regina Kent. They are immediately attracted to each other,… Read more

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