From the Heart of a Black Muslim Woman: “Black People Are Tired”

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I’ve been trying to find words but only pent up labored breaths bubble up to the surface of my chest.


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

You can see the black rings around my eyes from lack of countless sleepless nights. You can feel the heat permeating from my beautiful black skin. Can you see me now? Can you feel me now?

Being a black Muslim woman in this country has always felt exhausting. Our existence has forever been a battle of trying to be heard, seen, and acknowledged. The fight to be viewed as human as our white, desi, and Arab counterparts has been a lifelong struggle and frankly, we are tired. 

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The Black Muslim Experience

George Floyd died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, even as the unarmed Black man pleaded “I can’t breathe.”  

As the world watched in horror from their  smartphones, black people were enraged by another senseless and unapologetic murder of a black man.

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