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Martyrs & Miracles: The Sapelo Square Muharram Series

compiled by Ryan Hilliard The first Islamic calendar month of Muharram is underway, long considered one of the “sacred months”, a status it held even before the advent of Islam. For Muslims worldwide, it ushers in another new year since the Great Emigration (hijra) of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s […]

Seeing Myself in “Ya Husayn” and the Resonance of Ancestral Familiarity

by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer I did not grow up commemorating Muharram. And not for reasons I have read from others; I wasn’t raised to be a Shi’a-hating Sunni nor was my Sunni family sublimating the significance of Karbala. I did not grow up commemorating Muharram as the Exodus either… I […]

NWMI “Faith in Action: At the Intersection of Islam, Race and #BlackLivesMatter” Panel 2016

In October 2016, Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) hosted a panel titled “Faith in Action: At the Intersection of Islam, Race, and #BlackLivesMatter”. It was held at the renowned Busboys & Poets Restaurant in Washington, DC. Moderated by Saafir Rabb II, the panel included notable guests Donna Auston (Rutgers University PhD […]

“I Love You More” – Amir Sulaiman

Def Poetry Jam alum Amir Sulaiman’s portfolio is replete with fathomless and Divinely-inspired works of lyrical art that we here at Sapelo Square have been a fan of for years. This piece from 2010 titled “I Love You More” is one of our favorites, wherein Amir unapologetically establishes himself as […]