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Thank you for joining us for #BeyondTheBan. On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision solidifying the Muslim Ban, we gather at this event to explore the history and impact of structural Islamophobia. Through a moderated panel discussion, experts will discuss the law surrounding the Ban, links between societal and systematic Islamophobia, and frameworks to understand Islamophobia. The panel will provide analysis alongside calls to action to challenge structural Islamophobia at its roots, resist systemic bigotry of all kinds, and amplify the voices of people currently impacted by the Ban today.
We encourage you to livetweet this panel using the hashtag #BeyondTheBan. Other hashtags to use today include #repealtheban, #noMuslimBanEver, #nobanact.
By Hana Alasry
“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5665, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2586
by Margari Hill
And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. Qur’an 49:11
In late 2013, a group of activists, scholars, and concerned netizens coalesced around the issue of anti-Blackness perpetrated by Muslim youth on social media. Some of these actions included anti-Black slurs in Arabic, Urdu, Somali, and Yoruba, as well as the appropriation of the N-word by non-Black Muslims. Out that group, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative formed to organize social media campaigns to drop the A-Word and address #UmmahAntiBlackness, as well to give voice to Black Muslims and celebrate their contributions in hashtag conversations that included #BeingBlackAndMuslim. Responding to the call to educate Muslim communities about racism, MuslimARC launched as a human rights education organization.
by Margari Hill
“Verily for all men and women who have surrendered themselves to God, and all believing men and believing women, and all truly devout men and truly devout women, and all men and women who are true to their word, all men and women who are patient in adversity, and all men and women who humble themselves [before Allah], and all men and women who give in charity, and all self-denying men and self-denying women, and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity, and all men and women who remember Allah unceasingly: for [all of] them has Allah readied forgiveness of sins and a mighty reward.” (Surah Al- Ahzab 33:35)
Muslim men and women build masajid and Islamic centers where we can worship our Lord, men and women organize events to inspire us, men and women create civil society organizations to serve our social, economic, and political needs, men and women develop institutions to educate our future generations.
by Margari Hill
The standard meaning of allies in English entails individuals or groups joining together for mutual support. The terms of those agreements may shift depending on the cause. Often, people will label themselves as allies or advocates, act in solidarity or build coalitions for a mutual cause. There are social justice activists, scholars, and bloggers who have critiqued the use of ally.
However, the reality is that all social justice projects entails some type of collaboration with various groups with differing and sometimes conflicting interests.
Changing Thought Patterns Instead of Skintone
By Namira Islam, Co-Founder of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)
An image of where the hashtag #NotFairandLovely trended on May 7th