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.