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

April 2, 2018

Original Post – About Islam By Layla Abdullah-Poulos   NEW YORK – In the US, Black Muslims and their fellow Black citizens mourned the death of another gunned down by police violence. Stephon Clark, 22, an unarmed African American man, was shot 8 times in the back, neck, arm, shoulder, and armpit, which many consider a contradiction of police account that he was posing a threat at the time of the shooting. Clark’s death is one in a line of… Read more

March 24, 2018

Original Post Papatia Feauxzar I’m not a scholar but I will try my best to shed some light on the matter with some common sense and personal experience. So, let’s rephrase the question a little bit in order to answer this controversial topic in the ummah. Do you consider the stories your parents and family members told you throughout your life to teach you a morale all lies? Additionally, do you consider the scenarios your teachers gave you in class all… Read more

March 1, 2018

The Black Muslim experience in the United States is intrinsically linked to the tragedies and triumphs of African Americans since before our country was one. By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Black History Month presented Black Muslims across the country opportunities to focus on the extensive historical ties and heritage that merges their faith and race. NbA Muslims, in partnership with Djarabi Kitabs Publications, Muslim Girls Read and the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, hosted #BlackMuslimReads—a month-long event that involved daily highlighting of literature and… Read more

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