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How to Respond Appropriately to Islamophobia?

How to Respond Appropriately to Islamophobia?

Building on what was addressed the last time in terms of acceptance of differences as a means to increase dialogue and overcome boundaries in integration, this article will focus specifically on dealing directly with Islamophobia and strategies we can use to cope with this. Discrimination, namely Islamophobia in this case, can been exhibited in many …

Pennsylvania Gets Its First Female Muslim State Rep

PHILADELPHIA – Movita Johnson-Harrell made history on Tuesday night, March 12, after winning the contested special election for the 190th District seat, becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected as a state representative in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Magazine reported. “I’m running because I care about my community — I don’t need a job,” Johnson-Harrell told …

Where Are You From? - When Dinner Pleasantries Turn Into Microaggressions

When Dinner Pleasantries Turn Into Microaggressions

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce: the all-American meal. It was “Parents Weekend” at my high school, and hundreds of families crowded into the rec center, chatting cheerfully while enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving feast. I sat at a table with a few friends and their parents. One mom turned to me and asked, “So, …

Accomplishments of Black Muslims in the Past 12+ Months

Accomplishments of Black Muslims in the Past 12+ Months

Black History like any other history occurs around the year and the clock. So check out some accomplishments made by well-known Black Muslims in the past twelve plus months. January 2018: Muslim Writer Khadijah AbdulHaqq releases her groundbreaking children’s book Nanni’s Hijab February 2018: The hashtag Black Muslim Reads drops March 2018: Muslim Fashion Model …

Black Muslim Authors Hold Conference at NYU

NEW YORK – Black Muslim authors and New Yorkers gathered Sunday, February 24, at the New York University’s Islamic Center to discuss Black Muslim literature in a Black History Month event. The event, themed Black Muslim Authors: On the Tradition of Storytelling, Literature, Representation & Faith, is a collaborative effort between NbA Muslims and Muslim …

African Muslims

6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam to America

As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like: “Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?” I get asked these questions a lot by Americans because Islam is something that was made to sound foreign to …

Did I Make a Mistake Marrying Someone From a Different State?

Did I Make a Mistake Marrying Someone From a Different State?

In this counseling answer: • I think the main thing that your husband is possibly concerned with is his ability to make money and support his family. This is a very important matter and he should be where he can make a good living. • Try to approach it as a team effort, as one …

Beware of the Convert Zone – What Not to Say to a Convert

Beware of the Convert Zone – What Not to Say to a Convert

Recently, I was at a local park with my daughters, attempting to follow their exuberant patterns as they capered joyfully from swing to slide to monkey bars. After several minutes, I became aware of an elderly couple nearby. Apparently they were observing me and my children with interest. The man had a long, bushy grey …

Accepting Black Muslims in Americas Islamic Community

5 Duties US Muslim Community Owe Black Muslims

Immigrant Islam as we know it today would not have existed had it not been for the civil rights movement. By 1965, the Immigration Act was introduced and abolished the then racist quotas and allowed, for the first time, immigration from Asia and Africa. You must know that part of history… if you are an …

American Muslims

Who Cares About American Muslims of Color?

Nobody Cares? “Nobody cares about Black Muslims except Black Muslims,” the Arab member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) told me. I was vice president of the MSA at the predominately White university that I attended in America, and I had suggested to the MSA board members (who were all Pakistani and Arab except myself) …



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