Traversing the Path of Parenthood in Islam

by Dr. Kimberly Harper “We are resilient, we are beautiful. We will unapologetically affirm our humanity.” —Kameelah M. Rashad While continuing to highlight Islamic scholarship in the Black Muslim community in 2018, the Religion section will work to bring Sapelo Square readers stories about the many ways our faith manifests […]

Black Boy Poems: Legacy And Activism In Black Literature

By Rashida James-Saadiya Our genetic inheritance is precious. It is not a badge of inferiority for us to be ashamed of, on the contrary, we carry the struggles of our ancestors with pride – Tyson Amir In a 1968 essay, “The Black Arts Movement,” writer Larry Neal proclaimed that Black […]

Being “of the Land”: The Politics of Calling Ourselves Indigenous

By Su’ad Abdul Khabeer In what one might call American Muslim English, it is common to refer to Black Muslims as “indigenous.” The term came through self-definition and in response to the assertions of religious authority, tinged with anti-Black racism, made by Muslim immigrants from South Asia and the Middle […]

Islamic Education: Reclaiming Our West African Islamic Legacy

In a recent post on her blog Hagar Lives, Dr. Jamillah Karim shares the transcript of a speech she delivered in December 2017 in Atlanta, Ga., at the 7th Annual Shaykh Hassan Cisse Ziyarah, an annual event commemorating the life and work of the late, renowned Senegalese Islamic scholar and […]