Category: The Sapelo Square Muharram Series

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 […]

Karbala Mixtape Vol.1: Blood in Our Eyez

In 2013, a group of hip-hop artists in the Bay Area came together with Shaykh Hashim Ali Alauddeen to record and produce the “Karbala Mixtape, Volume 1”. This project aimed to call grassroots and underground lyricists and creatives back to putting relevant messages in their craft, harkening back to the […]