In the small Ohio town in which I grew up,
there were pockets of diversity and communities of Indo-Pakistani people that I
met through my mosque, but at my schools I was often the only non-white kid
apart from my siblings. After 9/11, our community was attacked and our mosques
were vandalized. We faced Islamophobia regularly, as did many Muslim-Americans
around the country. It’s been almost two decades since that horrific event, but
unfortunately the stereotypes and negative sentiments still persist. The emergence
of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS further perpetuated the biases. But
the truly frustrating thing is that their extremely radical teachings are not
at all in line with the actual teachings in the Quran.
I was excited to learn about
MuslimGirl.com and how Amani Al-Khatahtbeh wanted to shed light on what it
really means to be of the Islamic faith. Through her efforts, she founded Muslim
Women’s Day to highlight our voices and share our experiences. All the stories in
these six books are from Muslim women who wanted to make a difference and share
their various perspectives of what it’s like to grow up with the religion, as sisters
in Islam. I hope you enjoy these reads to help broaden your understanding of our
faith and how we all have different ways of finding our voice.
This post was originally published on GetLiterary.com.