Rawan Elbaba is a digital storyteller and blogger in the Washington, DC Metro area. She is the co-founder and Executive Editor of Layali Webzine. As a graduate of Communication and Graphic Design, Rawan hopes to use both written and visual content to tell the stories happening around her. Rawan previously interned at Al Jazeera and BBC in their news production units. She is currently the Digital Media Associate at the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC.

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Meet Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan’s first millennial Arab American Muslim State Rep

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At 26, Abdullah Hammoud became the first ever Arab American Muslim elected to represent Michigan’s 15th State House District. Despite facing some racial and religious backlash during his campaign, Abdullah has never been one to shy away from his identity. Read More

‘Dalya’s Other Country’ aims to squash stereotypes about Syrian refugees

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Starting high school in a new town is daunting for anyone. New friends, teachers and buildings makes the transition evermore anxiety-inducing. The experience was no different for Dalya Zeno, now 18, when she first moved here from her war-torn home in Syria four years ago.  Read More

Modest fashion pioneers to come together at Modanisa’s London Modest Fashion Week

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After the success of the 2016 Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Modanisa will host its second annual international fashion event in London.  Read More

Samah Safi Bayazid on filmmaking, marriage and Hollywood

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Samah Safi Bayazid has always been a storyteller. Growing up, she wanted to be a news anchor or a television presenter with her own show. Although there weren’t many women in hijab in front of the camera at the time (the amount these days isn’t much higher), she persisted. However, her dream to be in front of the camera soon changed after taking just one film production class.  Read More

Nike set to release ‘Nike Pro Hijab’ for its Muslim athletes

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Nike is finally representing its female Muslim consumers as its sets out to release the “Nike Pro Hijab.” Read More

For the love of basketball: How this Muslimah is challenging FIBA’s hijab ban

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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, 26, was an exceptional high school basketball player. As her school’s valedictorian, she excelled both on the court and in the classroom. She ultimately went on to set the Massachusetts state record for both boys and girls for most points scored (Abdul-Qaadir scored a record 3,070 points, breaking the previous record of 2,740) during her senior year. Read More

Meet Minnesota’s first hijabi beauty queen

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Nineteen-year-old Halima Aden was just a typical undecided college student. That is, until she decided to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. After getting the OK from pageant officials on her decision to don a “burkini” during the swimwear portion of the night, Aden was well on her way to making history as Minnesota’s first hijabi pageant contestant. Read More