resources to fight Islamophobia


Frequently Asked Questions


Why Muslim Lives Don’t Matter – Nadia El-Zein Tonova and Khaled A. Beydoun, Al Jazeera

Young New York City Muslims speak out on how Islamophobia impacts daily life – Alex Kane, Mondoweiss

Muslim Parents and ‘the Talk’ in the Wake of the Chapel Hill Murders – Beenish Ahmed, Vice

Wake Forest stands by its Muslim chaplain, despite call for donor boycott until views of ‘radical jihadist’ can be debated – Susan Svrluga, Washington Post

Unwavering Pluralism and the Beloved Community in the Face of Duke’s Decision – Omid Safi, On Being


A Land Called Paradise – Lena Khan, Murad Aldin Amayreh, and Fahmi F. Farahat

Jews Recommit to Standing Against Islamophobia – Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition, New York City

3 Muslims gunned down in #ChapelHillShooting – Al Jazeera America

Reverend William Barber leads prayer for Chapel Hill students – North Carolina NAACP

Fear Inc: Explore the $57 million network fueling Islamophobia in the United States – Islamophobia Network


Campaign to TAKE ON HATE

Network Against Islamophobia (NAI) of Jewish Voice for Peace

Muslims for Social Justice and Facebook page

Muslim American Public Affairs Council – North Carolina

on choosing not to use the #MUSLIMLIVESMATTER hashtag

I caution all to abstain from using the hashtag ‪#‎MuslimLivesMatter‬. The original HT is in response to systematic police brutality, the senselessness of extrajudicial killings by law enforcement, and the following lack of justice in US courts for what amounts to execution by officers and vigilantes.

I am reminded daily that Muslim lives are considered less than and Muslim deaths do not matter in the eyes of our foreign policy and most of our media. But this was not an officer who murdered these beautiful young adults in Chapel Hill, nor, more importantly, do we have any reason to believe there will not be a fair trial (really, any trial) in which the killer will be held accountable for his actions. He is already in custody for first degree homicide, which is far more a step towards some kind of justice than the loved ones of many Black victims will ever see.

When so many US non-Black Muslims and non-Muslims have been so behind in committing to actual work on ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, it is especially egregious and disrespectful for us to then co-opt the HT for any reason, including the pain of this event. Please do not derail the conversation, hurt those affected, and add to the lack of solidarity any further.

Use your edit button, check your privilege, and mourn and act for justice for all. There are ways to grieve without adding to anyone else’s pain. As American Muslims, we know the ramifications of not doing this all too well.

Some other options to use are ‪#‎WithMuslims‬,‪#‎JusticeForMuslims‬, or ‪#‎IGotYourBack‬ instead. Lastly, ‪#‎OurThreeWinners‬ is the hashtag used by the family and friends of the victims, and you should go follow the Page as well: Our Three Winners.


Our Three Winners











This morning, we mourn the ‪#‎ChapelHillShooting‬. We honor the lives and memories of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, Our Three Winners.

We condemn this horrible killing and we commit, with even more purpose, to speaking out and acting against anti-Muslim and anti-Arab violence and bigotry, from here in North Carolina in solidarity with Muslims for Social Justice and in our work in solidarity with Palestine to end the Israeli Occupation.

Those of us who are white people, and non-Muslims, know that we have SUCH a great responsibility to call out racism and Islamophobia where and when we see it. Especially in our OWN families, communities, and houses of worship, where white silence only perpetuates violence and ignorance. There is no excuse for our silence.


Panel Discussion on Islamophobia


Our very own Jade Brooks will be speaking on a panel of distinguished voices on the subject of Islamophobia. Please show your support on February 24!

WHAT: Islamophobia: The Anatomy of Intolerance

WHERE: Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 7:00PM-9:00PM

WHO: Imam Adeel Zeb – Muslim Chaplain/Director of Muslim Life Duke University, Global Educator  and Spiritual Peacemaker

Dr. Michaelle Browers – Co-Director Middle East & South Asia Studies Program/Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Manzoor Cheema – Founder Muslims for Social Justice, Board Member Triangle Interfaith Alliance, Videographer, Human Rights Activist

Jade Brooks – Founding Member of Jewish Voice for Peace – NC, Human Rights Activist, Book Editor

Imam Khalid Griggs – Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life WFU, Imam Community Mosque of W-S Moderator:

Moderated by: Dr. Tim Auman – University Chaplain WFU, Commissioner, Human Relations Department


Naima Shalhoub – Ferguson-Gaza Blues

Here’s a great song linking the Gaza and Ferguson struggles, submitted by Alan.