Our favorite links and articles of 2014


Muslimah Montage


It was another magnificent year for women, Muslims, minorities, and Muslim women. In 2014, they made headlines, took initiative, founded & ran successful organizations, used creativity to bring awareness to causes that are important to them.  2014 has also been heartbreaking year with so many atrocities that occurred throughout the year and all over the world.

As the year wraps up, we decided to go back, find and share our favorite and most striking links, hashtags, readings, podcasts, and websites of this year.

There are so many great things we want to share.


Websites and Blogs You Must See:

1.MuslimARCTheir vision is “Working to build and collect the tools needed to creatively address and effectively challenge racism in Muslim communities.” If you are to follow one new website, we recommend this one, there are none like this much needed resource! Created by Namira Islam and Marari Hill.

2. Love, Inshallah– The website has “posts from men and women from all ethnic, racial, sectarian, and religious (cultural, secular, orthodox Muslims) – talking about romantic, divine and other relationships – this is one of the most provocative, groundbreaking, and relevant blogs out there.”

3. Side Entrance pictures from all over the world, “showcasing women’s sacred spaces, in relation to men’s spaces…the beautiful, the adequate and the pathetic.” This blog is created and curated by Hind Makki.

4. Al Jazeera America – Now a year old and was launched on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, it “offers unbiased, fact-based, in-depth stories of U.S. and international news, including sports, business, lifestyle and investigative journalism.”

5. Split the Moon A blog created by Rabia Chaudry, was first introduced on Patheos Muslim Channel, AltMuslim. Her introduction, says it all: “With this, bismillah.  I plan to write a few times a month, and I can assure you the subject matter will be erratic.  I juggle many moons, from national security to immigration, from fluffy cats to faith, from gender relations to food – like the average internet-addicted person, my attention is on way too many unrelated things.”The beginning of this year after Rabia approached Sarah Koenig about her good friend Adnan Syed’s case, Serial a podcast series about the details of the case became a phenomena and soon Rabia’s website became the go-to manual for those who wanted to know more about each episode and even help Adnan raise money for his legal fees.

6. Weneeddiversebooks – After a successful Twitter campaign that brought attention to the lack of diverse protagonists in children’s literature, Weneeddiversebooks created a website. “We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.”

7. Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & VoicesInternational Museum of Women Muslim– an online exhibition featuring the art, voices, and stories of Muslim women around the globe

8. Ta’leef Collective– “We serve seekers actively interested in Islam and converts to the faith, assisting them in realizing a sustainable conversion to and practice of Islam.  Ta’leef Collective also strives to reengage the growing number of disenfranchised and often marginalized Muslim young adults.”

9. Muslim writers collective – “The Muslim Writers Collective is a bold initiative aimed at reclaiming control over the American Muslim narrative and providing a safe space for current and aspiring writers. Through storytelling, creativity, and culture, we seek to incubate a vibrant literary tradition among youth in our community.”

10. Muslim protagonist– “The Muslim Protagonist is an annual symposium of Muslim and minority writers, artists, and thinkers at Columbia University, hosted by the Columbia Muslim Students Association (MSA) and opened to people of all backgrounds, ages, faiths, and cultures as a means of facilitating dialogue, networking, and tools for pursuing “literature as an agent of social, intellectual, and spiritual change.” The event is NOT an event exclusively for Muslims, “minorities,” or Columbia students/faculty — everyone is welcome.”

11. Take On Hate- “The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE inspires a positive perception of Arab and Muslim Americans (including Arab and Muslim refugees), creates systematic policy changes at the national and local levels and builds greater capacity for this community as a whole.” Linda Sarsour helped create this initiative.

12. Muslimah Next DoorPatheos Muslim blog by Dilshad D. Ali “stuff about faith and family, about the difficulties and joys of raising special needs and N/T (what we autism moms call neuro-typical, or “normal”– whatever “normal” means these days) kids, and about American Muslims and Islam (more so Islam in America – since that has been the “beat” I’ve been covering for 10 years).


Books/Comics to Read:

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed is a Young Adult book about a young woman named Naila and her journey as a Pakistani American.

Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We StayI Speak for Myself” series, co-edited Jennifer Zobair interfaith anthology on feminism and religion that will be part of the by Muslim women scheduled to be released in 2015.

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes.” Zaki Hasan contributed to this book of essays. Check out the cover here.

Islam Is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority” by Zareena Grewal Offering rich insights into these questions and more, Grewal follows the journeys of American Muslim youth who travel in global, underground Islamic networks. Devoutly religious and often politically disaffected, these young men and women are in search of a home for themselves and their tradition.

Burka AvengerPakistani animated television created and directed by pop star Haroon.  We didn’t listen to much of his music before, but he can now count on us being his biggest fans.

Ms. Marvel- Kamala Khan Debuting in February 2014, she will be Marvel Comics’ first Muslim character to headline her own comic book.  A creation of Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, she has all waiting in anticipation.


Who to Follow on Twitter:

Linda Sarsour
Palestinian-American-Muslim, racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, political junkie. Born & raised in Brooklyn.

Bassem Masri
FergusonLivestreamer Independent Media MikeBrown=FightBack Long Live Palestine keep me streaming can send donations PayPal to BassemMasriFTP@gmail.com

Wajahat Ali
Co-hosting Al Jazeera America’s ‪@AJAMStream; Frequent Writing; Occasional Lawyering; Perpetual Chai Drinking; RT’s aren’t endorsements and yadda, yadda, yadda.

Wage Beauty
Designing and delivering inspiration, wherever invited, when ever necessary.

Muslim Anti-Racism
Twitter home for the newly launched Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. We enjoy a good (hashtag) conversation every now and then. Retweets ≠ endorsement.

@ayesha_mattu & @fatnurmaz on relationships, literature, sex, & other stuff we love. Our books: Love, InshAllah (Soft Skull Press) & Salaam, Love (Beacon Press)

I am East and West, citizen and refugee. The melting pot is a failed paradigm-maybe more like a tossed salad. I am an international crouton.

ilana alazzeh
Traveling careerist activist accidental Asian American Russian, Desi, Yemeni, Hapa, Palestinian, Israeli Jew what is this world coming to? Third culture kid

Sara Yasin
Palestinian-American raised on a steady diet of hummus and fried chicken. Social Media Editor at ‪@GlobalPost. Former World Editor at ‪@micnews. Views my own.

Imraan Siddiqi
Entrepreneur, Writer, CAIR-AZ Chairman, MBA, write the blog Stop Islamophobia Now. Pretty Funny.

Zahra Billoo
I want to be a progressive, radical, tree-hugging, super-hero when I grow up.

‪@Rrrrnessa‪ ‬

Suhaib Webb
Don’t expect perfection

Mehdi Hasan
Huffington Post UK’s political director, co-biographer of Ed Miliband & presenter on Al Jazeera. Views are my own, retweets aren’t endorsements, etc, etc.

Khaled Bey
Law Professor · Critical Race Theorist · ‪@AJEnglish Columnist · Detroiter

Omar Suleiman
Instructor at ‪@Bayyinah, Founder of ‪@ILMFLIX, Resident Scholar at ‪@ValleyRanchIC, Teach for ‪@AlMaghrib and ‪@Mishkah, Work w/ all people for a better world

altMuslimah (altM): Tweets from Asma T. Uddin and the altM editors on gender, Islam and more.

Patheos Muslim

Because Muslims Matter. Official twitter for MM. Sharing news/thoughts on Islam & Muslims. RTs/following not = endorsement.

Sana Saeed
throwing out the master’s tools. interested in how we talk about things. producer ‪@ajplus. disclaimers.

Program Manager (Washington Peace Center)/former researcher at Urban Institute (cj policy,VAWA, & gangs)/Anti-VAW advocate/Tweets=opinion RT≠endorsement

Sabina Khan-Ibarra
Giving speaking space to Muslim women. Check out website. RT not endorsement. Email: Muslimahmontage@gmail.com. FB page: ‪http://www.facebook.com/muslimahmontage 


Articles/Links that caused a stir:

  • Ausma Malik wins; she is the 1st Muslim woman Trustee for Toronto District School Board! Despite a challenging campaign, Ausma Malik wins Trustee for Toronto District School Board – Ward 10 with 40% of the votes.
  • Ambreem Sadiq– Meet the female Muslim boxer ‘bringing shame on her family.
  • The Disease of Being Busy– Professor Omid Safi writes about curing the exacerbated, tired, and overwhelmed by having more human interaction and asking each other how the heart is doing.
  • Binder full of Women by Zahra Billoo created to combat the idea that there are no qualified women to speak.


Hashtags to Remember:

#MakeItPlainPhilly an event to stand in solidarity and raise voices against racism and police brutality organized by Muslim Wellness Foundation, Inc.Muslim ARC & United Muslim Masjid

#EmpoweredMuslimWomenMuslimah Montage threw a Twitter Party with the help of Brown Girl Magazine, Aisha Saeed and Laila Alawa. The hashtag was created to celebrate these amazing women and to discuss issues surrounding what it means to be an empowered woman.

#BeingBlackAndMuslim MuslimARC launched a campaign with Dawud Walid whereTwitter users shared their experiences in an attempt to shed light on the discrimination black Muslims face.

#MuslimahHistoryA hashtag created to Learn about the History of Women in Islam. This HT brings you the history of Muslim women, humanizes the Muslim women, and demonstrates that “strong Muslim woman” is not a new phenomena.

#GazaUnderAttack– Hashtag to follow what really went on during the attacks in Gaza.

#BreakTheSilence A hashtag conversation about gender stereotypes, hosted by Coming of Faith and Muslimah Montage.

‪#AliceInArabia A hashtag created after network announced a new TV show that was not only written by a non-Muslim/non-Arab but also repeated and played on stereotypical narratives.

‪#illridewithyou – A heartwarming hashtag created by Australians to support Muslims after an attack in Australia.

#LetAymanReport – Created after NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was pulled out of Gaza for reporting on the killing of four Palestinian boys playing soccer on a beach by the Israeli Defense Force.

#WhyIStayed -Hashtag created After surveillance video was released of footballer Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée (now wife) in an elevator. It gave victims a platform to speak.


Podcasts We Loved:

  1. Diffused Congruence: Monthly podcast highlighting and focusing on unique and interesting personalities from within and without the Muslim community. They featured Jon Stewart this year- omG!
  1. Serial It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
  1. Super Fantastic Nerd HourThe Super Fantastic Nerd Hour is a podcast dedicated to all the things that nerds love. We explore science fiction, fantasy, comic books, TV shows, movies, video games, and sometimes action figures. During the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER we mashup our favorite characters against each other to see who would win (because that’s what nerds do when they get together). Each episode also includes cool recommendations for stuff you might like. Resident Nerd, Zainab Chaudary was once a guest on this cool show!



Movies to Watch:

  1. The Tiger Hunter : Lena Khan’s film about “A clever young man comes to 70s America on a quest for success and love in a hilarious story of ambition, failure, and misfit friends.”  This might sound familiar to many of us whose parents have drilled into us their stories of struggle.*
  2. These Birds Walk : A film by Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq about Abdus Sattar Edhi, who founded the Bilqis Edhi Foundation.  The foundation was named after his wife and devoted to serving the abandoned and abused women and children of Pakistan.*


*yes, both are still on my list!


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