I’ve just seen the headlines about a car going into a crowd during Eid celebrations in Newcastle.
To do that at any time is awful, but at this time in particular during the Eid celebrations marking the end of Ramadan, what is supposed to be a holy and peaceful month for the Muslim community, is disgusting.
Can art be funny and serious at the same time? Using social media-inspired effects, artist Meriem Bennani subverts audience expectations of both pop culture and her own Muslim community with unexpected playfulness and pathos. “I feel like I have a hard time connecting to anything that doesn’t have humor,” says the artist, “because for me humor is like survival.”
Check out Commercial Break artist Meriem Bennani in @art21‘s latest in their summer shorts series.
I can’t believe I deadass lost a follower for making a suggestion I think would be good for progressive movements. Some people are really that bent on demonizing demographics that they don’t want to do what’s best for their movement. I sincerely posted that because I am concerned about the rise of white supremacy, but because I suggested that we show love to people that aren’t white supremacists but could become white supremacists if they are demonized, I lost a follower. What’s the difference between that and reaching out to poor muslim communities to combat terrorism? That’s a popular progressive concept. And it works because we are communicating that the muslim demographic is not the enemy, the radicalized people are. It’s exactly the same with white people. We can combat radicalized white supremacists by showing compassion to reasonable white people.
The Muslim community is mourning the passing of Nabra, a 17 year old young woman from Sterling, VA. Nabra was beaten to death with a baseball bat and left in a pond after going missing while walking to a mosque with her friends. Hate crime against Muslim Americans is at its highest point with more than 67% increase since 2016. Nabra is another example of the escalating violence towards Muslims Americans. Activists gathered at Union Square to hold a vigil for Nabra and her family and to stand against violence against Muslim Americans.
#BeingBlackandMuslim Portrait Series by Bobby Rogers
Visual artist and photographer Bobby Rogers’ latest portrait series #BeingBlackandMuslim taps on members of the Black Muslim community to share their harrowing experiences with, well, simply being who they are.
The eyeopening series exposes stereotypes and stigmas plaguing the community; further proving we all have more work to do when it comes to bringing awareness to squash these century-old, derogatory ways of thinking.
Astaghfirullah - Forgive me Allah.
Alhumdulillah - Praise be to God.
Masha'Allah - As God had willed.
Insha'Allah (i.A) - God Willing/ as God has willed.
Allahu-Akbar - God is the greatest.
La Illaha ill allah - There is no God but Allah.
Fi amaanillah - In Allah’s protection.
Allahu Alam - Allah knows best.
Aza wa jal - Mighty and majestic he is.
Barakallah Feek - May Allah’s blessing be upon you (in general/ group)
Radiyallahu Anhu - used when the companion of the Prophet Muhammed is mentioned or used in writing. IT means - ‘May Allah be pleased with him’
[usually abbreviated as RA or RAA]
RadiAllahu anhaa- May Allah be pleased with her’ used after a female companion
[usually abbreviated as RA or RAA]
Some Quranic phrases that are recited often.
Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon - To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return
Bismillah ar rahman ar raheem - In the name of Allah the merciful, the compassionate.
Audhu Billahi min ash shaytaan ar rajeem - I seek protection in Allah from satan.
Allah - God
Salam - peace
Hayaa - modesty
Taqwa - Fear Of Allah
Imaan - Faith
Dunya - world
Jannah - Paradise
Kaaba - Sacred mosque 🕋
Hadith - A collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Quran.
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LGBT Muslims are real and valid. We don’t deserve the homophobic shit we get from the Muslim community for being “haram”. We don’t deserve the islamophobic shit we get from the LGBT community for being religious. Being LGBT and being religious isn’t mutually exclusive. And it shouldn’t be.
Imagine being so far removed from reality that you think Hillary Clinton would have been a protector of oppressed communities in any significant, non-marginal way. The Hillary Clinton who voted for surveillance and monitoring of Muslim-American communities, who popularized the dehumanization of black youth and refused serious engagement with Black Lives Matter, who waited until it became optimal for her career to give even basic support for LGBTQ people. Fucking incredible
When someone has cancer or diabetes, we don’t say to them, “Just trust Allah”. So why do we say that to those with mental illnesses? Trusting Allah and having faith in His plans is imperative to the life of all Muslims - sick or not. However, Allah ﷻ specifically told us to trust Him and ‘tie your camel’. With mental illnesses, this means treatment is important.
Those with mental illnesses do not need to 'just trust Allah’, they need treatment. Let’s, as the Muslim community, make that more accessible.
A good friend of mine was diagnosed with liver cancer when we were in high school. She was 16. Some time later, upon hearing that a surgery had not gone as well as hoped, I sat down with my guitar and wrote her a song. A few other good friends of hers strung together some photographs to make a music video and we sent it to her to watch from her hospital bed. When those same friends gathered together less than two years later to sing the song at her funeral, the dissonance was jarring. This was meant to be a work song, to see her through the hard days when the task of healing was tiring. It was not supposed to be a funeral hymn.
In June of 2015, we as a band decided that our LGBTQ community deserved a new song for Pride Week. This was days after the Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriages were in violation of the Constitution of the United States, and it felt like the whole country was celebrating.
But as we began to write, I couldn’t help but think that although we had won this particular battle, the hatred and fear ailing our nation seemed as malignant as ever.
I knew this because people were still dying.
At least 21 transgender women were murdered in 2015. A disproportionate percent of our country’s homeless youth were (and are) LGBTQ adolescents, forced to reckon with the impossible task of staying healthy and safe without a home or proper health care.
We knew that if we were to make a song that truly spoke to the American LGBTQ community in 2015, it would need to address both victory and violence.
With “I Know a Place,” we chose to imagine a place where none of us would need to be afraid. In honor of Pride and the rich LGBTQ history of turning bars and ballrooms into safe havens, the space we imagined was a dance club:
I can tell when you get nervous You think being yourself means being unworthy And it’s hard to love with a heart that’s hurting But if you want to go out dancing I know a place I know a place we can go Where everyone’s gonna lay down their weapons
At the time, we intended the dance club to serve as a metaphor. Then, on June 12th, 2016, a gunman walked into Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida — a queer space, a brown space, a safe space — and shot 49 people to death.
“I Know a Place” was never supposed to be a funeral hymn. It was meant to be a work song, like Yoko Ono’s full-page ad in the New York Times that proclaimed, “War Is Over!” in December of 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War. We wrote our song to be the voice in your head that tells you to celebrate peace during wartime, because our battle is only just beginning, and one day our war really will be over.
It was also meant to serve as encouragement for our community to remain vulnerable and kind and hopeful in the face of violence. We cannot build a better world without first imagining what that world might look like, and by creating that space inside ourselves first.
After the Pulse shooting, the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus led a crowd of two thousand people outside City Hall in song:
We are a gentle, angry people And we are singing Singing for our lives
We sang with a unified voice that cried out, “We do not accept that this is what our world will look like.” And that night, people all over the country went out dancing — not just because it was Pride Weekend, but because they felt it important not to give in to fear in the face of hate.
People came together in dive bars, bedrooms, and places of worship to celebrate and to grieve, to love and protect one another, and this gentle resilience was nothing less than radical resistance.
Today, in this post-Trump America, many of us feel badly bruised. We, as a band, understand this. We believe it is a mistake to see this incoming Administration as anything other than a threat to the livelihood of our brothers and sisters; the LGBTQ+ community, the Muslim ummah, women, POC’s, indigenous Americans, undocumented people, the working class, and beyond. At the same time, we believe it is a mistake to say that a man whose best assets are hate and fear truly represents America. We say this because America has always been an idea, a utopian concept of a multiethnic, multicultural democratic republic, and therefore its home lies in the imagination, not in the House or the Senate or in a Trump Tower. In the bridge of the song, we implore:
They will try to make you unhappy; don’t let them They will try to tell you you’re not free; don’t listen I know a place where you don’t need protection Even if it’s only in my imagination
Let us push ourselves to imagine a peaceful America where no one has to live in fear. Let us continue to build spaces with our humble means that reflect the America of which we dream. Let us keep up the fight.
A community of Muslims and allies in San Francisco are raising funds to provide Muslim American filmmakers with grants to counter false narratives about their religious community.
The American Muslim Storytellers grant is in partnership with the Islamic Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to Muslim American community members.
The crowdfunding campaign was launched on Saturday on Indiegogo, with a campaign goal of $10,000.
The funds will provide Muslim American filmmakers grants between $1,000 and $4,000.
“We wanted to give people a way to directly support the American Muslim community,” Michael Morgenstern, founder of the grant, said in an email. “Anyone who believes that Muslims deserve a powerful voice today can give directly to people who want to tell their own stories.” Read more
What do you mean by "we're the bad guys?" I want to serve my country
I mean we’re the bad guys. I mean if you join the military you are being exploited to make rich people richer. If you want to serve your country volunteer for planned parent hood or a Muslim community center or a soup kitchen. Be a disability advocate. For veterans if you like. As a member of the united states military, the only interests you serve are war profiteers.