Category: Career

How a career in television changed my life

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Remember that scene from ‘She’s The Man’ where Amanda Bynes said, “Let the chips fall where they may”? If you don’t, go watch the movie because it was hilarious. If you do, well, that’s basically what I did with my life for a while and now I’m where I am today. 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

Baking with purpose: The incredible way this woman serves her community

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Combining California flavors with a passion for social justice, Reem Assil has always wanted to positively impact her community.

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5 things I learned from starting a non-profit with a fellow Muslimah


Four years ago, a group of girls were connected via an email. That email, sent by one of our fellow Muslim friends, signed off with a simple, and unassuming “I understand that you are both interested in public health in the Arab world….and I hope you can complement one another in your endeavors moving forward.” Read More

Meet Anisa Amin: She’s black, she’s Muslim and she makes Muslim dolls

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It’s ironic that a few days after I blasted Mattel (barely) for creating three body types and encouraging consumers to use an inanimate doll as a measuring stick for human acceptance…. I scrolled across a Cosmopolitan article, no less, about “Hijarbie,” aka: A Barbie in a hijab. Read More

Q&A with author Saadia Faruqi


Saadia Faruqi is a published author, editor, interfaith activist and teacher. Through her writing, Faruqi has contributed to numerous online publications about the Muslim experience around the world. In the interview below, Faruqi talks to LAYALI about her inspiration for the collection of short stories she wrote in her book “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan.”  Read More