Posted on Feb 04, 2020
As salaamu alaikum and hello everyone!
February is often a time for the post-holiday-winter-season-slog (it's really not as cold as it should be where I live, because global warming), but I'm excited thinking about the stories, articles and content we have lined up for February (Black History Month) into March (Women's History Month)!
With the season of caucuses and primaries having started, leading up the the presidential primaries in the summer, I know that the political (and most likely anti-Muslim) rhetoric and marginalization will start ramping up again like it did in 2016. The difference now is that as American Muslims, we are more ready for it. Many have taken their fear and anger and channeled it into running for office and getting involved with politics, activism, community building and more. Others were doing that way before 2016.
Here at Haute Hijab I've been thinking about how this cycle of being "otherized" and marginalized is not new for American Muslims or other minority communities. Black Americans and Black Muslim Americans (among others) have faced it for decades. As my writers and I discussed story ideas and themes for February (leading into the spring), we kept circling back to this idea that as Muslim women, none of is this is new for us. And, that many of us don't even realize the immense and deep history we have as being part of the American fabric.
We stand on the shoulders of giants – women who forged paths, both wide and narrow, that we are walking on now. Teachers, mothers, professionals, activists, scientists and more who we may not even realize were doing the hard work of "living the resistance" long before that phrase become popular and heralded.
We will be bringing you the stories of some of these women, young and old, upon whose shoulders we stand and those who are doing fantastic things now as part of our focus on "This is what America Looks Like."
Elsewhere on the blog and all over our platforms, we are excited to debut a year of 10th anniversary celebrations for HH! Can you believe it's been ten years since Melanie and Ahmed founded this company? Our Community Manager Noor Suleiman, along with other team members, have planned an exciting year of activities, celebrations, giveaways and content, which will debut this week! Stay tuned for that!
I hope you have a great month! Take time to read and learn about your fellow Black Muslim Americans, their struggles, their experiences, their work. We are not limited in our learning and growth to the month of February. As my friend and fellow HH blog writer Layla Abdullah-Poulos wrote last year,
There are millions of us doing fantastic things every day. Don’t be limited by dates on a calendar.
Black Muslims are not your bridge to pass over into Black popular culture. Let’s use this Black History Month as an opportunity to shift how these stories are consumed in Muslim culture and keep things poppin’!
Have a great month, and, like I tell my kids all the time, may we all be good, make good choices and say Bismillah-hir-rahman-nir-raheem.
(Image is of my youngest son and I at a rally/protest in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago)