Celebrating Ramadan

Habeeba Husain As the month of Ramadan comes to a close, we take a look at how everyday Muslims celebrated in the United States. Here are ten photos capturing the spirit of the Islamic holy month of fasting. 1. A special Ramadan display, photo [...]

2018-06-18T17:55:32+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

What is Orientalism?

Orientalism is the idea that people in the West are very quick to make assumptions and judgments about Easterners when they are not able to fully understand and identify with their way of life. Due to the fact that Western scholars made assumptions about Eastern living they felt justified [...]

2018-05-31T16:47:16+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Muslims in Entertainment and Anti-Intellectualism

Over the past several decades, Muslims have been portrayed as “mysterious” and "radicalized" in different platforms from news to entertainment. Political officials have used international events and organizations to highlight extremism and violence. Early examples like the Iranian hostage crisis, mujahideen, and the Gulf Wars planted misconceptions about the realities [...]

2018-05-29T15:23:47+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|

‘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|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|

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|Uncategorized|
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