Wednesday, December 04, 2013


The media-induced perception average Americans have of Muslims is slightly "off." What do I mean? Well, people in many foreign lands to this day carry the idea that our streets are paved with gold and everybody here has plenty of money and is debt-free. (Although thanks to the internet, that notion has shrank dramatically over the last 10-15 years). By that example, people in the United States think "radical" or "fundamental" or "religious nut" when they see or hear of someone being "Muslim."

Abbas Rattani and Habib Yazdi of Sheikh & Bake Productions released the video, which has sparked a new discussion about what it means to be an American Muslima.
"People unfamiliar with Islam often assume a woman cannot workout, cannot play sports, cannot go out on her own, must be accompanied by a male relative, and so forth." Having dated Muslim women in the past, I can attest to that!

Last month I met Hajer Naili. I found her to be somewhat of a kindred spirit. She's reported for several radio stations and publications in France and North Africa. Living in New York now, Hajer is reporting for Women's eNews. More than that: she's MAKING news with a viral "Mipster" video that was released on Nov. 30th. It's been racking up viewers on Youtube and is being heavily shared on Facebook and other websites, including HuffPo and Islamic Monthly.

According to Mipsterz' Facebook page,
A Mipster is someone who seeks inspiration from the Islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric Imams, and our fellow human beings searching for transcendental states of consciousness. A Mipster is an ironic identity, one that serves more as a perpetual critique of oneself and of society. A Mipster has a social mind, and yearning for a more just order, a more inclusive community unbounded by stale categories...

Hajer writes "As one of the models, I couldn't be happier with a depiction that is bold, joyful, realistic and going viral on the Internet. If these images become more prevalent, veiled Muslim women in the United States could conquer misperceptions." See article and video HERE.

And... here's a blog article written by a Muslima in 2005 about coming up in the USA that still has value today!

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