How to Understand Islam

Historically, Islam was invisible from our educational system, training of diplomats, and in the media. The interest in Islam started with the Iranian revolution. This interest was triggered by a negative factor of trying to understand “the enemy.” Many people choose to see Islam through the lens of terrorist [...]

2018-07-11T15:50:40+00:00 July 11th, 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 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|

‘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|Uncategorized|