Our Story

5 years ago, Nausheena Hussain entered the nonprofit world as a newly minted grant writer. She observed in the Muslim community that there was an abundance of charitable giving and wealth, but it was all individual donor based. She also noticed women were donors, doing the work, but never acknowledged or in leadership roles. Coupled with anti-Muslim rhetoric, a rise in discrimination and hate towards Muslims, she realized something needed to be done.

So, in September 2015, Nausheena met with a handful of Muslim women to talk about female leadership, civic engagement, community involvement, and philanthropy. From these conversations, the women realized we needed to build a sisterhood and through it create more sustainable change.

That was the launch of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE). As the network grew, it became apparent that many many women were creating an impact in their communities but were going unseen. Reviving Sisterhood has become a platform to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women showcasing the changemakers, the trailblazers, and leaders having social justice impact in our society. We host networkers, workshops, and events focusing on leadership development, community engagement, and philanthropy.

Through this work, we change the narrative and define the Muslim American Woman’s story.

Our Vision

A vibrant community and network of strong Muslim women contributing to the social fabric and quality of life

Our Mission

The mission of the Sisterhood is to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women. We do that by building a network, storytelling,  leadership development, and community engagement. 

We train and equip women with the necessary skills to engage and participate in civic life, become part of the solution-creating decision making process, and improve society as a whole.

RISE Values

Our sisterhood is built on the open and honest relationships among us. We celebrate one another through the good times. We anticipate one another’s needs before being asked and fulfill them during the tough times. Because during tough times, true sisters show up. These are the values that guide us in how we treat one another:

  1. Empathy - Recognize yourself in your sisters and treat each other like you want to be treated.

  2. Generosity - Build sisterhood with your material, your rhetoric & feelings towards one another

  3. Inclusive - We bring others along. You are not effective alone as you are with your sisters

  4. Self-sacrifice - 3rd degree of sisterhood- we put the needs of our sisters above our own.

  5. Compassion - pardoning the slips of our our fellow sisters is prophetic.

  6. Gratitude -  Show appreciation to your Creator and to your sisters.

  7. Faith - Our Islamic duties obligate us to be the change we want to see

Nausheena Hussain giving her talk, "RISE - Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment" at Ignite Minneapolis 9 on November 18, 2015 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
— Margaret Thatcher