Former NFL Player Husain Abdullah Talks Islamophobia & Being an American Muslim Athlete

Habeeba Husain I remember the day my family and I gathered around a screen to watch the video news report on two NFL players who took a leave from their career to perform Hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage to Makkah. I felt an immense amount of respect for Husain [...]

2018-05-21T21:05:42+00:00 May 17th, 2018|American Muslims|

Hijab-Wearing Muslim Basketball Player Takes Stand Against FIBA’s Headgear Ban for the Right to Play

Habeeba Husain I had the pleasure of speaking with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on multiple occasions over the last few years. Hailing from the birthplace of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts born to two African American Muslim reverts, Abdul-Qaadir is the youngest of eight. The game came naturally to her, and [...]

2018-05-09T18:21:45+00:00 May 9th, 2018|American Muslims, Islamophobia|

‘Muslims Condemn List’ Creator Tackles Islamophobia at University & Online

Habeeba Husain I cannot recall the first time I heard of Heraa Hashmi, a 20-year-old Muslim woman of Indian background, currently studying Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology and Linguistics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It may have been her charming YouTube videos, or her viral Muslims [...]

2018-05-02T15:55:22+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|American Muslims, Islamophobia|

This American Muslim Founded an Organic Farm that Empowers the Poor and Multiple Faith Communities

Habeeba Husain In an effort to highlight inspirational American Muslims, WhyIslam spoke with Hisham Moharram, a scientist turned activist entrepreneur. He began a community-owned, science-based, certified organic agribusiness called Good Tree Farm in New Egypt, N.J. The farm’s sister non-profit organization, The Good Tree, Inc., allows produce to [...]

2018-05-03T15:48:30+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|American Muslims, Islam and Other Faiths|

This American Muslim Reporter Changes Muslims’ Portrayal in Media

Habeeba Husain In an effort to highlight inspirational American Muslims, WhyIslam spoke with Rowaida Abdelaziz, a reporter at HuffPost based in New York City. You may have seen her numerous articles discussing social justice issues and combatting Islamophobia online. Abdelaziz makes some much needed noise in the newsroom [...]

2018-05-03T15:49:42+00:00 April 13th, 2018|American Muslims, Islamophobia|

‘Teaching While Muslim’ Cofounder Shares Her Story About Becoming an American Muslim Educator

Habeeba Husain In an effort to highlight inspirational American Muslims, WhyIslam spoke with Nagla Bedir, a high school social studies teacher in New Jersey. Bedir is the cofounder of Teaching While Muslim, an initiative that works to “fight against discrimination, implicit bias, and institutional racism, create a platform [...]

2018-05-03T15:50:08+00:00 April 13th, 2018|American Muslims, Islamophobia|

Feeling Like a Problem

Some people often conflate being Muslim with being a terrorist. Unfortunately many uninformed, scared (of what they don’t understand) or hateful people assume all Muslims have secret evil agendas against Westerners, especially against U.S. citizens. Media analyst Steve Randall explains that bigotry is about “dehumanizing members of a group [...]

2018-01-09T19:41:12+00:00 January 9th, 2018|American Muslims|

Please, Do Ask!

Habeeba Husain   I am not usually the person who will strike up a conversation with a stranger at the grocery store. I try to finish my business quickly and get to the next task at hand. Recently however, I made a late-night run to the local Stop [...]

2018-01-03T00:02:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|American Muslims|
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