the first muslim

I know it’s hard right now - but continue to look for the small moments of good in this world. We will need it to survive.


Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black female judge in the New York State Court of Appeals and the first female Muslim judge in the United States, was found dead on April 12, 2017. Sheila Abdus-Salaam was born Sheila Turner to working-class parents in Washington DC on March 14, 1952. Her inspiration to become a lawyer came from the TV shows she loved as a girl and from Frankie Muse Freeman, a civil rights activist and lawyer, who visited her school. Among her many accomplishments, Sheila Abdus-Salaam made the groundbreaking decision in a case that allowed LGBT parents to pursue equal parenting rights. 

Lacking a final statement from a medical examiner or a suicide note, the police and the media have still been quick to label her death a suicide, citing that she was ‘stressed at work.’
We can only wait for further investigation and hope that she receives as much justice in death as she offered to the world in life. For the time being, until we know the results of the investigation, SAY HER NAME.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam.


Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a “trailblazing” judge in NY. Here’s why we should #SayHerName.

  • Sheila Abdus-Salaam — a judge for New York’s Court of Appeals — was found dead, floating on the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon, after being reported missing earlier in the day. 
  • Law enforcement officials told CNN that the investigation is pointing to a possible suicide.Abdus-Salaam, the daughter of working-class parents, is the United States’ first Muslim female judge and the first black woman to be appointed into the city’s highest court. Her years of dedication to the law prompted New York Gov. 
  • Andrew Cuomo to appoint her to the Court of Appeals. Abdus-Salaam also earned the praise and respect of former Attorney General Eric Holder, her Columbia Law School classmate, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in June 2013.When news broke of her death, several news organizations didn’t mention her name in their headlines and their social media posts. 
  • “Body of US’s first female Muslim judge found in Hudson river: report,” The Hill tweeted. 
  • BuzzFeed and Fox News replaced Abdus-Salaam’s name with “first woman muslim judge in the US” and “black, Muslim judge,” respectively. The New York Post took the more simplistic approach: “Judge found dead in Hudson River.” Read more. (4/13/2017 3:20 PM)
It's 2 types of people that grew up poor

A). “I ain’t never had shit growing up so now imma buy whatever I want because I never experienced that” type


B). “I grew up with nothing and I’m never trying to go back so imma hoard money and never splurge on anything because I’m trying to make sure I’m never broke” type

I’m sure the vast majority of POC fall into A or B

the first conversation between a man & a woman

Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) and a group of companions of the Prophet ﷺ narrated that when Iblis was sent out of Paradise and Adam was accommodated therein, Adam (alayhi salam) was alone in Paradise. He slept for some time and when he woke up, he saw a woman whom Allah had created from his ribs.

So he asked her, “Who are you?”

She replied, ”A woman

He asked: ”Why have you been created?“

She said: ”So that you could find comfort in me.“

taken from Stories of the Prophets [chapter: The Story of Adam and Eve] by Ibn Katheer (رحمه الله) [publisher: Dar-us-Salaam]
'First' Muslim gay wedding takes place in Britain
A newly married couple are hoping “to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim” after their wedding in the West Midlands. Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan married in Walsall, in what could be the UK’s first same-sex marriage involving a Muslim partner. Footage showed the couple dressed in traditional Islamic attire to say their vows while surrounded by loved ones at the town’s registry office.

Okay I haven’t seen this floating around tumblr yet, but the first Black Muslim appeals judge, Shelia Abdus- Salaam was found dead in the Hudson River. From the articles I’ve seen, there haven’t been any indications of foul play but at this point we can’t be certain. For now I’ll say that we should honor the work she did, she was seen as a trailblazer in her position. Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Magnus: How do we usually get out of these types of messes?
  • Samirah: We don't. We make a bigger mess that cancels out the first one.

Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad said she was detained for 2 hours by US customs

  • Ibtihaj Muhammad won the bronze medal for the U.S. at the Rio Olympic Games, but she still faces discrimination at the airport for her faith.
  • Muhammad, a fencer and the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained her for two hours, culture site PopSugar reported on Thursday. 
  • Muhammad said she can’t really say for sure if her detention was due to Trump’s Muslim ban. However, the Olympian, who wears the hijab, said she believes she was detained for her religious faith. Read more

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Abdul El-Sayed, a doctor from Detroit, could be America’s first Muslim governor

  • Born to two Egyptian immigrants in Gratiot County, Michigan, 32-year-old Dr. Abdul El-Sayed has done it all. El-Sayed became a doctor, educator and civil servant all before the age of 32. 
  • Now, he has set his eyes on yet another milestone: to become the governor of Michigan.
  • “I’m not running to be the first Muslim governor,” El-Sayed said in a phone interview. “I’m running because I believe I will be the best governor for the state of Michigan — whether or not I’m Muslim.”
  • El-Sayed could be both the youngest person to be elected governor, since Bill Clinton in 1978, and the first Muslim in the U.S. to do so. 
  • But despite his accomplishments and dedication to transforming Detroit’s health department, El-Sayed has to face another challenge: overcoming the rising levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in the current social and political climate.
  • “My faith is really important to me, as it is for many Americans and Michiganders,” El-Sayed said. “But I think we should be asking ourselves rather than how one prays, or what they pray to, we should ask ourselves what [one] prays for and what one hopes for.” Read more (3/2/17 12 PM)

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Muslim New Yorkers will pray and break their Ramadan fast right in front of Trump Tower

  • On Thursday, about 450 Muslim activists and their allies in New York City are planning to protest Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies.
  • MPower Change, a Muslim grassroots organization, is teaming up with the New York State Immigrant Action Fund to host Iftar at Trump Tower in Manhattan. 
  • Iftar is the first meal Muslims eat after sunset during the month-long fast of Ramadan. The protest will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a short speaking program featuring local community leaders. 
  • But when the clock strikes 8:22 p.m., the Islamic call to prayer will begin and Muslim activists will break their fast with the traditional sip of water and some dates before making their evening prayers.
  • Iftar at Trump Tower was planned directly in response to the administration’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies like the Muslim ban, Mohammad Khan, campaign director at MPower Change, said. Read more (5/31/17)

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Here’s the thing
  • The Nice Attack was a Muslim 
  • The Paris Attacks were Muslims 
  • The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim 
  • The Orlando attack was a Muslim 
  • The Beltway Snipers were Muslims 
  • The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim 
  • The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim 
  • The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Charlie Hebdo Attacks were Muslims 
  • The San Bernadino Attacks were Muslims 
  • The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Davao Philippines Attack were Muslims 
  • The Minnesota Mall stabbings was a Muslim 
  • The London Subway Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims 
  • The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Ankara Airport Turkey Attack were Muslims 
  • The Pan-Am Flight #93 Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Iranian Embassy Takeover was by Muslims
  •  The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims 
  • The Batta Meena Pakistan Attacks were Muslims 
  • The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims 
  • The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims 
  • The Beheading of the French priest were Muslims 
  • The Buenos Aires Suicide bombers were Muslims 
  • The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
  •  The Kenyan U.S Embassy Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims 
  • The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims 
  • The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims 
  • The First World Trade Center bombers were Muslims 
  • The Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl was Muslims
  •  The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
  • The Bombay & Mumbai Indian Attackers were Muslims 
  • The Narcissist C.Kaepernick & his squeaze are Muslims 
  • The Beheadings, stabbings, live burnings, & drownings by Muslims
  • The Piracy off the Barbary Coast in T. Jefferson’s time were Muslims
  •  The Daily inhumane acts by the religion of peace, Islam- the Muslims 

(Forgive this poor attempt to list all Muslim atrocities in recent history) 

Where do folks seem to act kindly toward one another? 

  • Hindus living with Jews = No Problem 
  • Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem 

  • Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem 

  • Jews living with Atheists = No Problem 

  • Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem 

  • Christians living with Jews = No Problem 

  • Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem 

  • Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem 

  • Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem 

  • Hindus living with Christians = No Problem 

  • Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem

  • Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem

  • Christians living with Shintos = No Problem 

  • Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem

  • Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem 

  • Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem 

  • Confucians living with Baha’is = No Problem 

  • Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem 

  • Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem 

Where in the world does the poo always seem to hit the fan? 

  • Muslims living with Jews = Problem 
  • Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem 

  • Muslims living with Hindus = Problem 

  • Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem 

  • Muslims living with Shintos = Problem 

  • Muslims living with Atheists = Problem 

  • Muslims living with Christians = Problem 

  • Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem 

  • Muslims living with other Muslims = Problem 

So what are some Muslim Social Clubs? 

  • Palestine Liberation Front: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION 
  • Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION, etc. 

Now let’s reason together whether or not we should allow millions MORE Muslims to immigrate to the EU or America or Australia. Hmm, a real stumper, huh? 

I can’t explain how happy the success of Mahershala Ali and Asghar Farhadi at the Oscars makes me as they are both minority sect Muslims (Ali being Ahmadi & Farhafi being Shia). Mahershala Ali is first Muslim actor ever to win an Oscar and he is a minority sect Muslim, which gets persecuted and discriminated against by majority sect Muslims for being so. Asghar Farhadi winning his second Oscar, and boycotting the ceremony in solidarity with Iranian, Syrian, Yemeni, Somali, Libyan, Sudanese, and Iraqi immigrants.

So many majority sect Muslims don’t even consider Ahmadis and Shias to be Muslim, and here we have members of both of these sects making history at the Oscars. Allahumdullilah.