Category Archives: Religion

Black Muslims stress unity in challenging time

In her job as a refugee case manager, Fatimah Farooq would come to work in a hijab and speak with her clients in Arabic. Nonetheless, she found herself being asked whether she was Muslim. It’s not easy, Farooq says, navigating her dual identities as black and Muslim. “I’m constantly trying to prove that I belong,”… Read More »

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the Black Church

Over the past four weeks, it has been virtually impossible to avoid the fact that another Easter holiday is upon us. Whether it be the bunny decorations in the center aisle of every store or the Peeps and Cadbury ads, big business is in full effect and nearly impossible to avoid. However, for Christians, there… Read More »

Black Muslims Face Double Jeopardy, Anxiety In The Heartland

Black parents across America have long instructed their children on navigating discrimination and avoiding its sometimes deadly consequences. But for black immigrant Muslims, this conversation takes on an entirely different dimension. Growing up, Ahlaam Ibraahim, a Somali-American student at the University of Washington, felt the dual struggles of being a religious and ethnic minority. “As… Read More »

Black Churches Matter: Research Ties Attendance to Positive Outcomes

One can see the power of faith in black lives in places like Cleveland, where African American churches have remained—sometimes two or three to a block—even as the middle class and many businesses and predominantly white congregations moved away. Now science is providing greater insight. Several new studies build on past research to continue revealing… Read More »

The Past is Present for American Muslims

Donald Trump has just been inaugurated and Muslims across America are justifiably scared. This is by no means, however, the first time Muslims in the United States have faced state hostility. African American Muslims have dealt with state surveillance and repression for decades — and there is much we can learn from their example. The… Read More »