Black History Month is not simply a time for African-Americans to take pride in and to educate others about their history and achievements. It is also a time for Muslims to educate themselves. It's a time to remember the struggle against slavery, oppression and racism, which continues to this day.
Here are 10 things you can do for Black History Month to make it a rewarding and enriching experience.
El Hajj Malik Shahbaz, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali are perhaps a few names that cross our minds when we consider the evolution of Muslim identity and community in North America. What often escapes notice is the sacrifice, discipline, social justice, leadership and cooperation modeled by such individuals and their communities.
The organized struggle of North American Muslims begins over seven centuries ago, with the civil rights movement led by multitudes of enslaved Muslim Africans. The spirit and movement continues today with millions of Arab and South Asian Muslim immigrants, as well as the Latin and First Nations indigenous Muslim converts in North America.
Larycia Hawkins, is a professor at Wheaton College, IL, which decided to place her on paid leave after Dr. Hawkins declared she was wearing a Muslim headscarf for Advent to express her solidarity with Muslims facing hostility and rising Islamophobia. Dr. Hawkins discusses her rationale and story with Radio Islam.
It can be easy to lash out all this negativity and stress to people around you. But life would get more miserable and you will not be happy. It is your choice on how to deal with this turbulent situation. Do you want to see the glass half empty or half full?
The path out of war seems to involve creating peace where we can, in earnest community with people whose basic needs aren’t met. It involves creating a green and equal world, acting conscientiously to abolish war.
Free people control their time and money. Slaves control neither. Let’s take charge of ourselves by planning for lives because there is a purpose for our existence beyond the mundane routines of earning and consuming.
Sound Vision aims to produce content that helps build bridges of understanding among Muslims and their neighbors, with emphasis on youth.
Sound Vision would like to see Muslims achieve their full potential as dynamic and creative individuals, who are comfortable with themselves and their environment.
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Radio Islam is America's only live daily Muslim radio talk show that provides a two-way conversation on the air with Muslims and their neighbors in the Chicagoland area.
MuslimFest is an award-winning annual festival celebrating the best in Muslim art, culture, and entertainment, attended by 25,000 visitors in Toronto, Canada, every year.
Stand with the Prophet is a series of mini-conferences or galas that are held across the USA celebrating the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad in standing up for peace and justice, against hate and terror.