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Documentary Tells Story of First Somali-American Muslim Lawmaker

MINNEAPOLIS – Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim woman to be elected legislator has been featured in a new documentary that chronicles her success story in Minneapolis. The documentary, titled “Time for Ilhan,” was directed by Norah Shapiro and will be screened at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival, Face2Face Africa reported. It follows Omar as …


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 …

Raising My Kids to Be Unapologetic American Muslims

Raising My Kids to Be Unapologetic American Muslims

Growing up in North Dakota in the 1980s and 1990s, there was nobody who shared my family’s last name. “Husain? Hoooooo-sayn? You’re not related to … ?” teachers would sometimes ask. No, I would explain, I wasn’t. My name was spelled differently from the then-dictator Saddam Hussein, and, either way, it’s a very common name …

Why Can’t I Marry Whom I Want?

Why Can’t I Marry Whom I Want?

When Muslim youth of different cultural backgrounds become attracted to each other, there are typically at least two reactions from others.

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 …

The Identity of African American Muslims

The Muslim American of African descent has a cultural and religious identity that has survived in spite of external and internal assaults. Indeed, no other socio-ethno-religious minority in America has had its sense of ‘being’ so challenged.  The African American Muslim nonetheless managed to carve out an identity and culture that is unique and specific …

Muslim Students Fight Islamophobia in North America

Muslim Students Fight Islamophobia in North America

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) in North America has launched an initiative to fight rising sentiments against Muslim communities in the United States and Canada. The “United Against Islamophobia” campaign aims “to help build bridges of understanding between Muslim students and their diverse allies across college & university campuses throughout North America”, MSA said in …

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) …

White Muslim

“Sooo You’re Muslim. But… You’re White?”

Religion isn’t something you can easily read off people’s faces, culture on the other hand more likely is. And there’s an enormous line between those two. As a matter of fact, they often contradict with each other. Sure, our prophet was an Arab but we’re civilized enough to not judge a book by its cover, …

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