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
A PSA about hijab recently premiered at Modanisa’s London Modest Fashion Week. Read More
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 is finally representing its female Muslim consumers as its sets out to release the “Nike Pro Hijab.” Read More
This startup wants to create safe spaces for Muslim travelers across the globe. Read More
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
In light of recent attacks on Muslim women and the negative political climate, Layali teamed up with the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment – WISE to do a three-part self defense tutorial series. WISE founder and president Rana Abdelhamid and WISE’s chief self defense instructor Maryam K. Aziz (2nd Degree Blackbelt in Goju Ryu Karate) show us tips on how to defend ourselves from the three most common attacks against Muslim women.
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
Two days after Muhammad Ali’s funeral painted Islam the brightest and most inspiring portrait — Omar Mateen took the lives of 49 people and injured 53. Three days after, Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and editor of Tikkun Magazine, said “We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people,” because Muslims were once again scrutinized for the vile behavior of one man.
I was 7 years old when I first had to defend my religion. Read More