This is the official blog of Reviving Sisterhood's Expressions: The Muslim Women's Narratives Project. It showcases narratives written by Muslim women in Minnesota and expressing their thoughts, opinions, and lived experiences. The goal of the project is to create significant change in the public perception of Muslim women. As women become more empowered and engaged, as we tell our stories and take back our narrative, we expect a positive shift in the perception the public has of Muslim women. These are the stories of our community.
“Breaking My Silence”
By Asma Nizami
In the fall of 2016, I broke my silence as a survivor of sexual violence. Nearly everyone I knew was shocked. I felt free. That was, until community members began calling my parents to tell them about my unwelcome declaration. It was taboo. Nobody wanted to talk about sexual violence. What kind of nice, God-fearing girl would ever talk about *gasp* SEX? (Shhh, you can’t say that out loud, Asma!)
“Storytelling, beyond compassion”
By sarah gruidl
By the time that I joined Reviving Sisterhood as a writer, I was fueled by a passion for facilitating the same spark that I had experienced. And because of the power of the Sheroes whose stories we showcased, I saw that come into fruition. I witnessed as empathy unfolded. And in writing for the project, I experienced a deeper and more difficult transformation.
“Why i vote”
By nausheena hussain
A few weeks ago, I stood up at Brooklyn Park’s City Council meeting and addressed a room full of elected officials, city staff, and fellow residents about a discriminatory and limiting catering policy at the Community Activity Center (CAC). CAC has several banquet facilities to host weddings, social events, and family gatherings. Except that it only allows you to select a caterer from their “preferred catering” list.
“Reconciling My Native American Upbringing with
My New Islamic Faith”
By Megan Kalk
My story is influenced by a woman who gave me strength to pull myself out of generational poverty, to cope with tragedy, to pursue education when most didn’t, to make an impact in the world, and to not lose my identity and the uniqueness I found along my way. That woman was my Ojibwe grandmother, Rita.
“Giving Circles: New Model or New Name?”
By Nausheena Hussain
Two months before the holy month of Ramadan begins, my mailbox, inbox, and messaging groups swell with invitations to fundraising dinners from all across the metro. Typically, a well renowned speaker flies in, gives a keynote at a semi-formal dinner, and a familiar face challenges us to dig deeper into our pockets with a starting bid to donate $25,000!
"Pass the Mic"
By Asma Nizami
I didn’t speak up for the things that mattered to me. I was a good girl. I thought “good” girls endured. “Good” girls didn’t resist. They persevered. They were resilient in the face of all obstacles, no matter how unjust.
"seat at the table"
by najat hamza
Patriarchy is an age old system, experienced and practiced everywhere- indisputable to the fact that it basically rules the world- regardless of its failure as a system. It is also equally important to note, women all around the world have fought this unjust and unfair system to bring real change and equality in the world.
"Leadership Inspired by Islam"
By Kaltun Karani
I recognized my own uniqueness and embraced my responsibility to spread good and justice. A Somali woman, born and raised in the Arab world and having immigrated to America in my teens; I speak three languages and I acquired three different cultures and world views that are crucial to understand the needs of my community.
"A Revival of Sisterhood"
By Meher Khan
In a word, we were *woke,* but were still lacking a space for us to gather and pool our resources to affect real change in often-ignored areas: social and political action and philanthropy. These spaces exist in droves elsewhere, like my professional networks, but were lacking within communities in which I focused on my faith.
"Rising to Action in Challenging Times"
by Zineb Alfath
This past election cycle was the first time I was old enough to vote in a presidential election. It was also the first time I started to think about the meaning of “civic engagement,” and I’ve come to realize that it extends far beyond casting a vote every four years.
"Why Will I Vote, You Ask"
By Sidhra Musani
"Why would anyone not vote? Voting is the opportunity for me to ensure, at least to my capacity, who the leaders of our city, state, and nation will be- to support community leaders who I think will bring the best policies forward and address issues that matter and pertain to me using values I share.