Why I Became Muslim: A Prisoners Choice

I became Muslim in 2004 in the county jail. Years earlier my older brother had become Muslim while he was in CYA (California Youth Authority). When he was released I was in juvenile hall, but we would talk regularly and he would give me jewels here and there about Islam, but nothing major. Before I … Continue reading "Why I Became Muslim: A Prisoners Choice"

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An Authentic Cultural Expression: Why I Chose To Follow The Minhaj Of Shehu Uthman Dan Fodio

It has been said that Islam is like a clear stream, and the smooth rocks beneath that stream, in the riverbed, represent our culture; The clarity of the water only enhances the beauty of the stones beneath. In accepting Islam, it is easy, and almost inevitable, that one will confuse Arab cultural practices with the … Continue reading "An Authentic Cultural Expression: Why I Chose To Follow The Minhaj Of Shehu Uthman Dan Fodio"

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Is Your Islam Intersectional? When Hoda Katebi gives you life.

How do you react when you’re in prison and call home and your wife tells you that Hoda Katebi liked your post about her on the page she (your wife) created and manages for you? Backstory: My wife sent me an article called Notes From A Muslim Feminist out of BUST Magazine by Hoda Katebi. the article … Continue reading "Is Your Islam Intersectional? When Hoda Katebi gives you life."

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Islam and “Slut-Shaming”

There’s an incident that occurred in Islamic history that I want to share with you. But first, I would like to introduce you to a phrase. “SLUT SHAMING” Here, we will be discussing “slut shaming” in reference to the expectations of a woman’s behavior. Particularly, how a community reacted to a woman based on her … Continue reading "Islam and “Slut-Shaming”"

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I Was A Child On Trial For Murder

I was in the county jail on trial for murder. I had just turned eighteen and the reality of my predicament hadn’t yet fully hit me. The possibility that I could be convicted of murder and sentenced to a lifetime in state prison hadn’t even began to settle in my mind as becoming my reality. … Continue reading "I Was A Child On Trial For Murder"

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The Term “Ghetto,” Circa 1940

The term Ghetto, as used in reference to America’s inner-citys, is inextricably connected to the Ghettos of Europe, in such a way that to understand one is to understand the other. During World War II, Black men who were drafted into the war and deployed to Italy, France and Germany, Immediately recognized the similarities between American racism and … Continue reading "The Term “Ghetto,” Circa 1940"

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Thoughts On Veterans Day

While we bask in the glory of Veterans Day, under the impression that all who fought in the armed forces, did so for the same reasons, let us not forget that there has always been a segment of the population that has never been viewed as equal, abroad or when returning home from war. Mudbound … Continue reading "Thoughts On Veterans Day"

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Soledad Prison Guards Refuse To Wear Safety Masks Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

So apparently, guards at Soledad State Prison didn’t get the memo from the CDC delineating the countrywide requirement for citizens to wear “face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain,” which includes grocery stores, pharmacies, and undoubtedly California’s notoriously overcrowded prisons. They couldn’t be oblivious to these recommendations because … Continue reading "Soledad Prison Guards Refuse To Wear Safety Masks Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic"

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