Humans of New York, one of our favorite photoblogs, was started in November 2010 by photographer Brando Stanton. What started as an effort to take candid portraits on the streets of New York – accompanied by short & intimate interviews with every day people – has turned into a global phenomena. Brandon is currently on 50 day, international trip in partnership with the United Nations, in an effort to gather portraits & stories and raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals- so far he’s visited Iraq & Jordan and is soon to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Vietnam & Haiti.
Youth are using YouTube to express creative narratives of identity and belonging, often with a focus on satire and comedy. We want to introduce you to a few channels we enjoy.
What Muslim entertainers are YOU watching on YouTube?
One of the more vivid young female Muslim personalities on YouTube:
California’s Yousef Saleh Erakat has a 501K following!
and Afghan-American Qias Omar!
Trailblazer. Entrepreneur. Leader. Interfaith Activist. Role Model. Writer. Mother. Teacher. Sister. Peace Advocate.
So many of us have benefited from Azizah magazine founder Tayyibah Taylor’s dedication to amplifying Muslim women’s voices and perspectives. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and we hope that our beautiful community will pray for her, and support her generously in this sacred month of blessings. Any amount you can contribute will help. Find out how to help on her website, here.
To mark the end of Pride Month and the beginning of Ramadan, Salaam, Love contributor Ramy Eletreby writes for the Huffington Post about the greatest heartbreak of his life – losing his Muslim community:
One of the greatest heartbreaks in my life occurred after coming out at the age of 24: I lost my Muslim community. After my public coming out, via an article in The Los Angeles Times, and the backlash that came with it, I retreated. I distanced myself from the people I cared about, the people I’d been raised with in the masjidin Los Angeles, those whom I viewed as extended members of my own family. I was certain that they had stopped caring about me. It took me years to take responsibility for my part in that break rather than only see myself as a victim of circumstance.
Read the rest, here.
To read more about Ramy, check out Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy.
How are Muslim men approaching marriage in our times? How do women feel about their approach? How much are we talking past one another rather than with one another? What expectations do we have for each gender, and how in-sync with reality are they?
Great video by Nushmia Khan/Zujaja Creative!
Summer is here! It’s time to dive head first into your summer reading list, and what better place to start than Salaam Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy. the follow up to the groundbreaking book, Love InshAllah.
Salaam, Love features 22 American Muslim men, from a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, and religious perspectives—including orthodox, cultural, and secular Muslims— speaking openly about their romantic lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts.
“Simultaneously lighthearted entertainment and an important addition to public discourse around the place of Islam in America…Indeed, the entire collection seeks to offer as much variety as possible, with stories reflecting a broad range of sexuality, ethnicity, religiosity, and romantic success. In this way, it pushes back against common cultural stereotypes of both Muslims and men, showing Muslims with a full range of ordinary American life experiences and showing men with tender and heartfelt emotions that they articulate beautifully. For insiders to the community, this work will prompt joyful recognition as well as thoughtful exploration of different experiences; for outsiders, it will counter one-dimensional negative images about American Muslims. For everyone it will be an insightful, thoroughly charming read.” —Publishers Weekly
LoveinshAllah.com is proud to present some Friday Love vibes for an exciting new site showcasing storytelling as part of the Muslim experience. Coming of Faith, founded by the dynamic Laila Alawa, is one important addition to the emerging critical mass of Muslims claiming space to celebrate identity.
Laila shares a bit about the site:
How did the Coming of Faith idea develop?
Coming of Faith started with a question: why aren’t we hearing the real stories that Muslim American women are going through? It was fueled in part out of frustration: Muslim women were constantly being spoken of, not heard from, and the identity they possessed both within and outside the community was one-dimensional and alienating. What seemed to be the best way to confront the issue? Provide a platform, and flood the world with the stories of Muslim American women, defining faith and life the best way they knew how – through their own experiences, rather than preaching or attempting to fit stories to a certain mold or agenda.
How is your site different from the number of other sites popping up that also focus on Muslim stories?
We are looking to tell the stories of Muslim American women through a facet that’s been touched upon and hinted at in stories: faith. We recognize that Islam is more than simply a practice, it quite literally is the path of life, and as such, we provide an open, inclusive platform for stories that have defined the way we practice and believe, positively – and negatively. Our stories focus on a range further than marriage or headscarf, and that has given our community a voice that we don’t see elsewhere. We’re more than simply a website. We’re a community, a place for women and men alike to find stories similar to their own – stories of abuse, discrimination, love, loss and identity struggle – stories that help us understand that we’re all in this together.
We are constantly evolving, looking to bring a sense of community and acceptance to women that’s available offline, too. Our national board is working to bring to life a mentorship program, workshops, and events that will bring to life our mission – all while honoring the individuality of our experiences.