Muslim YouTubers To Watch This Ramadan

Here is a list of Muslim creators on YouTube to check out if you need to kill 10-minutes before iftar.

Muslim YouTubers To Watch This Ramadan

Here is a list of Muslim creators on YouTube to check out if you need to kill 10-minutes before iftar.

By

Mohamed Alagteaa
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Last year, YouTube crossed the milestone of over 2 billion logged-in monthly users. Content about everything and everyone is just waiting for you in a black hole of random endless hours of pure entertainment.

A huge chunk of those hours is created by a variety of Muslim YouTube personalities that we follow and adore. The YouTube Muslim community is a representation of what happens when religion intersects with different identities with their own culture, heritage, and traditions.

We want to introduce you to your soon-to-be new favorite Muslim YouTubers repping the game hard while staying true to themselves.


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We’ve all been there, the deepest black hole there is on YouTube – makeup tutorials!

With so much out there, Yasmine Simone is just a breath of fresh air. This Muslim beauty-lover has over 100k subscribers. On her channel, she shares stunning makeup trends, advice on skincare, wellness, head wrap styles, and more beauty secrets. 

However, what makes Yasmine a true joy to watch is her easy-going attitude and realistic approach to beauty that cuts that is unseen in the Muslim makeup community.

 

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Samantha’s content is focuses on what she learned from her experiences and struggles with Islam and her personal development as an Australian Muslim revert. 

Whether it was how she learned to read the Quran or her first Taraweeh experience, Samantha gives her viewers a glimpse of the life of an important segment of our community that does not usually get the mic.  

However, this Aussie does not hold back, giving her take on mental health, feminism, abuse in Muslim homes, and other topics. As Samantha says, her channel is “an outlet of self-expression and community,” a community you definitely have to check out. 

 

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You’re in luck, because you just read the name of your new best friend. This Palestinian-American is smart, funny and will just leave you feeling all-around wholesome. 

From silly parodies to Arabic accent/dialect challenges, your auntie will ask why you’re grinning like a fool at your phone. 

Another reason we can’t wait for Subhi’s next upload to drop is because of his willingness to talk about hard-hitting topics like choosing to ignore fear of judgement,  losing faith, the struggle of praying, Arab superiority, and plenty more.

 

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They say laughter is the best medicine, and while that is debatable, how funny Abz & Fio is not up for debate. 

With their adorable little son, Rayns, the pair stacks up more than 25 million views on their channel, mostly because of their pranking videos. For these, nothing is off limits, and with some cameos from Rayns, you will probably hop from one video to the next just to see who pranked who.

Yet, their content has range, whether it is an upload about Abz being a stay-home dad, the reality of traveling with a baby, or the many fun mukbang videos they have, this little family of three are worth watching.

So, if you just want to forget about your lonely Saturday evening, surf away to their channel and see how they’ll end up your new obsession.

 

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Learn from the brilliant boss woman, Amena. On her channel, Amena lets you in to bear witness to her life as a Muslim Pakistani-British woman, an entrepreneur, a business owner, and a mother. 

With her signature “Hello lovelies,” Amena shares her passion for beauty and lifestyle with more than 411k subscribers, in addition to her day to day life, whether it be her family BBQ or spring cleaning her house. When she is not busy running the world with two companies Amena also talks about personal health and marriage.

She just does it all and you will want a front row seat to see it unfold.

 

 

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You will usually find this quirky man on the ‘gram usually running or traveling. Nadir Nahdi gives a fresh breath of content with his storytelling and humor. Making it as part of YouTube’s Creators for Change program, he lives up to their mission statement as he continues to search for untold stories to shed light on them.

With his creator laboratory, BENI and his worldwide run club – you’re always on an adventure with Nadir.

 

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Our list signs off with Gita Devi, a brilliant blogger turned business woman. From Gen-Z Twitter meme humor to addressing hard-hitting topics, you will see Gita making your day in the most unusual ways. Although based in Germany, you will find that her content varies in Indonesian and English. 

From vlogs, covers, beauty videos and skits, you will find that Gita’s content is very versatile and enjoyed by everyone. With a large presence of close to 1 million followers, she has expanded in creating a beauty brand, skin care brand, clothing line and is now an author to her recently released book, “Cups Of Tea”.

Happy YouTube browsing!

Jay Electronica’s Album ‘A Written Testimony’ Is Proof Hip-Hop And Islamic Faith Intersect

“Remember Rappin Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha/ You never thought we'd make it to Lā 'ilāha 'illā Allah”

Jay Electronica's album 'A Written Testimony' is proof hip-hop and faith intersect

Jay Electronica’s Album ‘A Written Testimony’ Is Proof Hip-Hop And Islamic Faith Intersect

“Remember Rappin Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha/ You never thought we’d make it to Lā ‘ilāha ‘illā Allah”

By

Haider Syed


“Remember Rappin Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha/ You never thought we'd make it to Lā 'ilāha 'illā Allah”

It’s no coincidence that rapper Jay Electronica particularly chooses to lay this bar down on a track entitled “Flux Capacitor” – a reference to the infamous contraption from the cult classic Back to the Future which powered the DeLorean Time Machine. 

Because that’s exactly what Electronica is doing here – taking us back to not just Biggie’s timeless 1992 classic “Juicy” but the very origins of hip-hop. Playing on words from the legendary Brooklyn wordsmith who rhymed “Remember Rappin Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha/ You never thought Hip Hop would take it this far” Jay swaps in this reference to hip-hop for the Islamic proclamation of faith (the Shahada) – “There is no God but Allah.” 

The multidimensional symbolism of this line is vast and speaks to what Jay Electronica has accomplished in his career. Jay Electronica, like Biggie, makes a throwback reference to Shawn Brown’s comical song that parodied the art of rhyming – and while Big attested to himself being the breathing pinnacle of rap’s success as an industry, Jay Electronica boldly redirects our focus to the Oneness of our creator. 

Islam, as Imam Zaid Shakir once described it, is like a chain – passed down generation by generation. An oral legacy in hip-hop is no different. The art of memorializing and poeticizing over a beat extends far beyond The Last Poets in the 70s to before African civilization was disrupted due to European slavery, to the Griots in the courts of many Muslim rulers on the continent. 

“A Written Testimony” is a testament and a return to hip-hop’s Islamic origins.  

 

 

This being his first career studio album, supposedly a decade in the making, the release finally fulfilled the anticipation that had been building up since he signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation label in 2010. 

An almost nomadic figure wrapped in mystery, Jay Electronica rose to prominence in 2007 off of Myspace when a breathtaking near seven-minute long track called “Act I: Eternal Sunshine” debuted, rapping over snippets of Jon Brion’s score for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

A poet and a dreamer, he  built himself up as a near mythical force outside of just a “mainstream rapper.”  Staying predominantly in the shadows, the New Orleans native rarely released any tracks apart from a handful of half features in the build up to this project. On this debut album he only adds to the enigmatic aura.

Having a titan like Jay-Z ever-present throughout the body of work, Jay Elec is still able to carry his own over some of the best production around. As he has always done, he captivates us with thought provoking, seamless lyricism – meticulously weaving together an array of distinct topics ranging from mysticism to I.C.E. and Palestine, U.F.O.s and tales of his rise, but most importantly, Islam.

What stands out most about the album is the unapologetic embrace of his Muslim identity. We can get into nuanced discussions over the Nation of Islam (NOI) and what constitutes traditional beliefs when it comes to the myriad of sects and offshoots prevalent in the global Islamic community, but there is no denying that what Jay Electronica manages to do through this album is monumental – he testifies to what the NOI and Islam gave him. It’s a throwback to the legacy of Black pride expressed through art – to the once so ubiquitous presence of Islamic culture which was at the crux of Hip Hop music. 

Hip-hop created a culture and a community that meshed together the ferocity of Malcolm X, the uplifting attitude of Pan-African Thought, and the political radicalism of the Black Power movement. Founding organizations like the Zulu Nation even proclaimed itself after the NOI. Islam was always exalted and understood by a long line of MCs from the legendary Rakim Allah to Nas and more recently, Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco.

Hip Hop and Islam went hand in hand – no one was surprised that they’d hear Arabic references or the tenants of the faith on a track in the 80s and 90s. Yet, while it’s visibility has diminished within the mainstream over the past two decades, Jay Electronica’s resurfacing with this album is timelier than ever. 

In a moment where we are entrenched within all sorts of uncertainty, one’s faith can easily be shaken. From the perspective of a Muslim listener, you’re taken aback by the brash attitude with which Jay fixates so much of his content around merely praising Allah. 

The track “Universal Soldier” begins with an elaborated version of the Shahada and excerpts of the five testaments; song after song, Jay speaks to the moment we are living through (the day of Qiyamah is fittingly referred to vividly) and how his belief in Allah keeps him grounded to complete his mission in life. 

Referring to the Shahada as his ultimate protection on “Fruits of the Spirit” exemplifies what faith has given him as he repeatedly recounts his rise from the infamous Magnolia projects, abject poverty, homelessness and addiction, to the redemption he found through Islam and the community which uplifted him.

Sonically the album may have it’s critics and the choice of beats and choruses particularly were questionable in some cases, but in an era where the prevalence of the War on Terror has demonized and vilified Muslims and Islam in mainstream discourse, 

Jay Electronica pridefully embodies an era and a message that has long been lost as he takes us back to the source and the essence of this beautiful tradition.

This Scholar Made A Twitter Thread On Jinn And Muslims Are Shook

The simple thought of these amorphous beings roaming the earth alongside us is strange but incredibly thrilling.

This Scholar Made A Twitter Thread On Jinn And Muslims Are Shook

The simple thought of these amorphous beings roaming the earth alongside us is strange but incredibly thrilling.

By

Mohamed Alagteaa


Throughout the Quran, Hadith and history of Islam, there has not been many topics that captivated the minds like the subject of Jinn. The simple thought of these amorphous beings roaming the earth alongside us is strange but incredibly thrilling. 

Yet, we know so little about them.

That might be the reason why a respected academic scholar wrote a seemingly innocent and informative thread on Twitter about how these incredible creatures interact with humans. While it was in fact informative, it also stirred some pots and left many users in total shock, disarray, and craving for more. 

So, who and what are these entities that Allah named an entire Surah after?

Jinn are shapeless, shapeshifting and invisible beings, who are – according to the Quran and Hadith – made of smokeless fire. 

 “and the jinn We created earlier from scorching fire.” (27:15) Al-Hijr

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Angels were created from light, Jinns were created from a smokeless flame of fire, and ‘Adam was created from that which you have been told (i.e., sounding clay like the clay of pottery).” Muslim.

Surah Al-Jinn fully reviewed their various conditions, their position on the message of Islam, the diversity of their sects, in additon to the glorification of their believers to God, glory be to Him. There is hardly an era that went by without mentioning people viewing what appears to be Jinn and as well as Muslims; Christians, Jews, the Sabeans and others believed in their existence.

While they might be completely different beings than humans, they do share certain commonalities. 

Jinn eat, drink, sleep, procreate, and die. They think, contemplate and have the freedom of choice to be and do good or evil. They are part of Allah’s creation who are subject to commands and prohibitions, just like human beings. There are believers, disbelievers and scholars agree unanimously that they are accountable for their actions. 

The complete comprehension of our fellow inhabitants is mystifying and is utterly strenuous, because they are part of the world of the unseen, a world out of our reach. However, the opposite is not true for them.  

Scholar, writer and historian Ali Olomi took to his Twitter to share his knowledge and expertise on how the world of Jinn interferes with the parallel world – ours. 

Olomi, who is a historian of the Middle East and Islam and the host of Head On History podcast, decided to create a Twitter thread about the numerous types of interaction Jinn has with humankind. 

He categorized them as visitations, influence, possession, marriage, and abduction. The first type being the most common as Jinn can transform and take the shape of a human or an animal. The most aggressive is possession and abduction, which Olomi says can go as far as snatching children and infants.

Of course, marriage seems to be inconceivable, but since Jinn are like humans, in that they fulfil physical and psychological needs such as hunger, thirst and sleep, they also fall in love.

Marriages happen through means of possession, and it can also go the other way around.

Naturally, people passing time on Twitter, patiently waiting for Chrissy Teigen to roast her famous husband or clapback on a hater, stopped scrolling and were taken aback.

Asma thought highly of the thread, and while her 14-year-old son was fascinated as well, it seemed like he was a tiny bit spooked. A sentiment that another Twitter user, Kalia  shares, as she took some precautionary measures just to make sure no Jinn were visiting or planning anything else. 

Another Twitter user amusingly mentioned a category that is probably not researched in depth, a woke type of Jinn.

Besides the obvious fun and entertainment this contributed to the Twitter-sphere, genuine interest and allure was even more clear. We believe these almost magical, but actually real, beings only prevail on movie screens or the pages of a book. Yet, the stories around them forces us to take a step back and think, 

Can we actually connect with Jinn? Have we already done so? Did we, by chance, mingle with some? 

The possibilities are endless.