As Americans who happen to be Muslim, we refuse to allow extremists to define us or our faith and we equally refuse to allow Islamophobes to target us and marginalize us and our children. It is your responsibility as parents to take a pro-active role to confront this. Don’t allow your own fears to be reflected by your children, encourage your children to stand as proud Muslims. Schools have a responsibility by law to make sure that all students feel safe, even if it means suspending or expelling perpetrators from a school. Schools must have ZERO tolerance for any type of bullying and hate motivated harassment. Many students, particularly boys are reluctant to inform their parents of this brand of bullying so that they are not labeled as “tattletales,” please watch carefully for changed behavior in your children, particularly a reluctance to go to school, change in eating habits, or loss of interest in things they normally enjoy doing. Approach teachers and school administration immediately if you are aware that your child/children are being harassed and intimidated or physically attacked. If your school does not take action, please let us know immediately.
Feel free to print off this letter and share with your child’s teacher and administrator. Please share widely and do inform us of any incidents, and do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance in these matters.
The Director of Bureau of Field Services reassured our President Janan Najeeb of her rights while driving with a hijab. Click here to read more.
The Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition works hard to provide the communities we touch with accurate information and resources to further the understanding of Islam and of the Muslim community. Below are a list of resources for information, studies, and help.
Muslim Heritage is a unique on-line education community of Muslims and non-Muslims seeking to advance human civilization through the study of Muslim heritage. The website contains more than 1000 peer-reviewed articles, hundreds of short reports on news and events related to Muslim heritage research, and an interactive map and time line.
Pioneered by FSTC, it is an ambitious project aimed at raising global awareness of the importance and relevance of this heritage. Web analysis software shows a range of 30,000 to 50,000 views per day.
Aiziza Magazine is the world’s window to the Muslim American woman. The first magazine of its kind, Aiziza Magazine was launched in October 2000; they have a worldwide audience.
The Azizah team is grateful and pleased to be sharing the powerful stories and rich images of Muslim women in North America with the world. In doing so, we counter the many negative portrayals, the one-dimensional stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslim women commonly held, both within the Muslim community and beyond.
PBS gives an overview of the beliefs and daily lives of Muslims, including six major beliefs, the five pillars of Islam, daily life of Muslims, and roles of women in Islam.
PBS is a membership organization that, with its member stations, serves the American public with programming and services of the highest quality, using media to educate, inspire, entertain and express the diversity of perspectives. PBS empowers individuals to achieve their potential and strengthens the social, democratic and cultural health of the U.S.
KARAMAH, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, is a U.S.-based non profit organization that derives its name from the Arabic term “karamah”, which means dignity. KARAMAH’s vision and mission are informed by the view that a just society values the informed participation of its members through the pursuit of knowledge, access to opportunities, and equity among all “children of Adam”, regardless of gender or other differences.
KARAMAH seeks to create a global network of advocates for the rights of Muslim women, who are knowledgeable about the gender-equitable principles of Islam, possess the capacity to share this information with others, and are able to advance the cause of Muslim women’s rights in legal and social environments. KARAMAH works to build this global network of informed, empowered advocates in two ways – first, by creating and sharing knowledge about the rights Islamic law grants to women, and second, by educating Muslim women in Islamic jurisprudence, leadership, and conflict resolution, so that they may become the leading agents of change within their communities.
Oxford Islamic Studies Online brings together the work of the world's leading scholars to provide users with the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative on-line resource in the field.
The Fear Inc. report, gives information on the roots of Islamophobia in America by the Center for American Progress.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.
Since 1988, MPAC has worked diligently to promote a vibrant American Muslim community and enrich American society through exemplifying the Islamic values of Mercy, Justice, Peace, Human Dignity, Freedom, and Equality for all. Over the years, MPAC has built a reputation as a consistent and reliable resource for government and media, and is trusted by American Muslims as an authentic, experienced voice.
Family violence is a global issue that affects everyone. Project Sakinah is an initiative of Dar al Islam. It is an effort to stimulate awareness and action in the Muslim community to WAKE UP to the reality of the harm being done to our families, to learn to SPEAK UP in order to break the silence that surrounds the issue, and to TEAM UP with others to work to change our condition.
Islamic Society of Milwaukee is the largest Islamic organization in the State of Wisconsin, serving our community for over 35 years. Their mission is to serve the religious, educational and social needs of the community and to promote good citizenship; to advocate for social justice, to build relations with other communities and to assist those in need, all according to the Qur’an and Sunnah [the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)].
Islamicity's mission is to share with the world an understanding of Islam and Muslims and promote peace, justice and harmony for all people. Islamicity aims to advance an understanding and dialogue among civilizations. We believe through emerging on-line media there is an opportunity to enhance awareness and knowledge leading to a better understanding and peaceful coexistence in our rapidly shrinking global village.
Islamic Horizons is ISNA's flagship bi-monthly magazine. This premiere publication showcases ISNA's activities, along with covering achievements and news about the North American Muslim community. The magazine also features topics devoted to the contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations, politics and social issues, international affairs, family life and culture, and book and film reviews.
The Message International Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine published by ICNA. What you find in ‘The Message magazine’ is a universal publication for the whole of Muslim community. Echoing the concerns and ideas pertaining to Muslims in America, this non-profit publication is a forum for the youth searching their Islamic identity in a western land.