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In San Diego, Black Muslims are working to expand voting access in jails

By Aysha Khan — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — Pillars of the Community is hiring a team of pretrial inmates to register eligible voters from behind bars. The group’s leaders say it’s part of their faith as Muslims.

Intergenerational reading group draws on legacy of Timbuktu to ‘rebuild a Black consciousness’

By Aysha Khan — July 27, 2020

(RNS) – ‘It’s imperative for us to start to rebuild libraries in our own homes and our schools so they are reflective of all our intellect and history,’ said educator Zakiyyah Ali, who founded the initiative.

In Minneapolis, a Somali-owned mental health clinic seeks to heal its community

By Aysha Khan — June 17, 2020

(RNS) — Healing Path Wellness Services in South Minneapolis burned down during protests. But the Somali community the mental health clinic serves needs it more than ever.

Mosques across America dedicate Friday sermons to confronting racism, police brutality

By Aysha Khan — June 5, 2020

(RNS) — George Floyd’s killing was the final straw for thousands of Americans pushing for racial justice. It may also be a tipping point for non-black Muslim communities.

Released from prison due to outbreak, fringe Muslim leader continues ministry

By Aysha Khan — May 11, 2020

(RNS) — Imam Earl Abdulmalik Mohammed, who claims to be the rightful successor to Imam W. Deen Mohammed, has been released early from federal prison due to the coronavirus.

Oral history project preserves stories of black Muslim seniors amid pandemic

By Aysha Khan — April 17, 2020

(RNS) — A new oral history initiative aims to train black Muslim youth to document their elderly community members’ stories, before it’s too late.

Film follows ‘honest struggle’ of formerly incarcerated Muslims reentering society

By Aysha Khan — November 27, 2019

(RNS) — The documentary follows Sadiq Davis’ journey to build a new life as a faithful Muslim in the South Side of Chicago after 24 years behind bars.

In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice

By Aysha Khan — February 20, 2019

(RNS) — In just five years, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative has grown from a Twitter conversation into an organization that has trained America’s biggest Muslim groups in racial justice.

Legal scholar Khaled Beydoun says it’s time to finally define Islamophobia

By Aysha Khan — April 2, 2018

(RNS) — Khaled Beydoun develops a framework for understanding Islamophobia through his examinations of its ties to American policy.

Margari Aziza Hill: A time of interfaith mass movement

By Religion News Service — December 19, 2017

(RNS) We asked Margari Aziza Hill, MuslimARC co-founder, to consider what 2018 will mean for religion.

Ibtihaj Muhammad: First US Olympian to compete in hijab

By Aysha Khan — August 8, 2016

(RNS) Thirty-year-old fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history as the first American Olympian to compete in a hijab – and then won a medal, too.

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