Here Are 18 Black Muslims You Need To Follow On Social Media

Does your Instagram feed reflect those posts you share on your Stories?

Here Are 18 Black Muslims You Need To Follow On Social Media

Does your Instagram feed reflect those posts you share on your Stories?

By

Mareena Emran & Zainab Damji

(From Left to Right) @villageauntie, @mustafabriggs, @ayesha.sow, @mustafathepoet, @shahdbatal

In the wake of support for the Black community on social media, we compiled a list of some of the most influential Black Muslims you should follow on Instagram and other social media sites. From beauty vloggers, songwriters, athletes and more, here is a growing list of Black Muslims you need on your feed:

 

Angelica Lindsey-Ali @villageauntie – Sexual Health Educator

How often is it that you see a sex health expert in the Muslim world? Intimacy and relationships expert Angelica Lindsey-Ali is one we should all look up to. With sex being a traditionally taboo subject in conversation, Ali’s mission is to educate young and old Muslims alike about topics surrounding relationships.

“My mission is to reclaim them (connections with elders). We owe it to ourselves, our sisters, our daughters. I am striving to be a guide back to the ways of our foremothers,” (Muslim Wellness).

 

Amina Hassan @blackish.gold – Content Creator

From the dynamic text posts, to her wonderfully aesthetic travel photos, Amina Hassan’s feed is full of power. If you’re ever feeling down, Hassan knows just the right words to get your spirits lifted once again, she shared in a tweet:

i used to be afraid of changing my mind bc i thought it’d make me look weak & inconsistent but i’m actually just so much better off admitting that yesterday me was trash & that she doesn’t have to exist tomorrow”

Hassan’s activism has spoken volumes across the black community, with her Instagram profile amassing over 72k followers, and she’s even got some black revolutionary texts linked in her bio.

 

Mustafa Ahmed @mustafathepoet – Poet, Singer, Songwriter

If you’ve streamed songs by the Weeknd or Camilla Cabello recently, there’s a good chance that some of those songs were written by Mustafa the Poet. Canadian songwriter Mustafa Ahmed began his rise to fame back in 2014 after a string of recognition of his poems, where he gained national attention after Drake reposted some of his work. Since then, Mustafa the Poet has been writing for some of the best in the industry. 

Not only is his work notable in the music industry, but he’s also had a history in filmmaking, producing and releasing Remember Me, Toronto in early 2019. The film revolves around the hip hop industry in Canada, discussing hard topics of social class and gun violence.

Mustafa the Poet continues posting his written work on his Instagram page, with his most recent pieces touching on his personal life. 

 

Jibreel Salaam and Mohammad Hassan @youngnmuslim – Podcasters

Jibreel Salaam and Mohammad Hassan are here to share dope Muslim stories through their podcast series “The Young and Muslim.” With their mission of inspiring Muslim culture, community and growth, their content encourages self care through strengthening faith.

“If there’s something that COVID-19 & Ramadan has taught us, it is to be in the moment & appreciate the fact that you are here today – Alive. Remember, somebody wants to be where you’re at. So appreciate what you got, until it’s gone,” Salaam shared one in an Instagram post.

 

Neelam @neelam_ – Rapper

Neelam Hakeem isn’t your everyday female rapper. The multitalented 33-year-old started off as a modest fashion influencer, but quickly expanded her horizons as she dived headfirst into the world of Rap. Receiving praise from those along the likes of Diddy and Will Smith, Hakeem has been a fierce advocate for women’s rights and social injustice through her music.

Hakeem’s advocacy remains steadfast to this day, with her speaking out on her Instagram feed, stories, and IGTV to document her support for the Black Lives Matter movement through self-recorded talks and sharing relevant videos. Hakeem also recently dropped an Instagram post with snippets of her 2019 music video for her song ‘Mass Incarceration’ alongside anti-racism graphics.

 

Shahd Batal @shahdbatal – Sudanese-American Fashion Influencer

Hijabi beauty vlogger and face of ASOS’ Ramadan campaign, Shahd Batal is a 23-year-old taking the world by storm. What started off as a secret YouTube channel during her first year in college has now amassed a large following of 277K subscribers.

Batal’s following extends across multiple platforms as she sits at 379K followers on Instagram, using it as a forum to share daily fashion and beauty inspo to the masses. Speaking to Cosmopolitan Middle East, Batal describes her style as “versatile, comfortable, and elevated.”

 

Husain Abdullah @habdullah39 – Former Football Player

Hussain Abdullah, former football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, has dedicated his feed to all things football and family. His posts range from wholesome photos of his time with his children, to throwback photos on the field. With his active presence on the platform, he takes the time to reflect on his life as a Muslim through occasional text posts and poems.

In an interview with The Players’ Tribune, Abdullah said, “I am a devout Muslim. As such, I am required to be a benefit to society. Being a good husband to my wife and a good father to my children — these acts are my responsibility as a Muslim.”

His life in retirement has been a journey to self improvement. After accumulating five concussions during his career, he had to make the hard decision to quit the sport that he loved, but continued to speak on his experiences on Instagram.

 

Aysha Sow @aysha.sow – Model

Aysha Sow is the jack of all trades – the NYC based Guinean model and natural hair blogger has curated the picture-perfect (pun intended) Instagram feed complete with different natural hair looks, the occasional golden-hour, dewy skin selfie and more. 

Despite her niche being natural hair styling, Sow dips her toes in fashion, beauty, and skincare ever so often. More recently, Sow has also used her Instagram platform to speak about the Black Lives Matter movement and share resources. 

Looking back at an interview she did in 2019, Sow has always been a vocal advocate for Black folks. When speaking to SHEER about ways the different ways the beauty industry can be more inclusive and diverse, Sow said “HIRE MORE BLACK ARTISTS, MORE BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS, MORE BLACK MODELS, MORE BLACK DIRECTORS, MORE BLACK PRODUCERS, MORE BLACK WRITERS. HIRE MORE BLACK ARTISTS PERIOD.”

Sakinah and Zakiyyah Rahman @aint.afraid – Artists

Sakinah and Zakiyyah Rahman are the duo you won’t want to miss. This “multi-talented double dose of dopeness” are artists and activists who aren’t afraid to do their thing, and their music revolves around topics of empowerment and religion.

We are one of many beautiful, spiritual, cultural faces of this country,” the duo shared in an Instagram post.

 

Aysha Harun @ayshahuranBeauty Vlogger

Canadian beauty vlogger Aysha Harun’s page is exactly what everyone’s feed needs: flare! From makeup tutorials to skincare routines, and even fashion tips and tricks, Harun does it all. In a piece published by On the Dot Woman, “she decided to fill the void, representing as one of the very first hijab-wearing, dark-skinned Muslim gals to take the online video world by storm.”

Not only is Harun an amazing makeup artist, she is also a lifestyle content creator. When scrolling through her page, you’ll find that she loves posting with her husband, and can rock loungewear like no other.

 

Yasin Osman @yescene – Cartoonist

Toronto-based Yasin Osman is a photographer, cartoonist, and early childhood educator whose creative projects know no end! Quite the storyteller, Osman has used his skills and passion for youth empowerment and visual media to found #ShootForPeace — a photography program where he sits down with the children of Regent Park in Toronto every Sunday to explore self-expression and the art of photography. 

Osman recently self-published his webcomic “Grandpa Ali & Friends” into a comic book which is expected to be released sometime this month.

 

Hakeemah Cummings @hakeemahcmb – Stylist

Modest Fashion stylist Hakeemah Cummings created the first modest fashion styling service in the USA. Talking to Haute Hijab, Cummings says her interest in styling piqued when she attended the Haute and Modesty Show for D.C. Fashion Week in 2013.

Cummings has collaborated with over 50 brands to date to provide her styling services spread across different mediums such as for fashion shows or photoshoots. 

Cummings’ business is called “Cover me Beautiful” and the inspiration behind the name is shared on her website, where she says “because being covered is beautiful.”

 

Ikram Abdi Omar @ikramabdi – Fashion Model

British model Kiram Abdi Omar has made strides in the fashion world. From being the first hijabi model to feature on the cover of Vogue, to starring in the Nike hijabi swimwear campaign, Omar is an influencer you absolutely can’t miss. Omar’s list of covers also includes Burberry, Hello! Magazine, Dazed Digital and many more.

Her multifaceted career isn’t limited to just her modeling. As seen in an array of published pieces, Omar is a budding chef, henna artist,” and even a YouTube stylist.”

 

Manal Chinutay @chinutay – YouTuber/ Influencer

YouTuber Manal Chinutay does everything from lifestyle content to makeup tutorials, and when it comes to her Instagram page, you’ll find the most adorable photos of her son Adam. With a combined following of over 600k on Instagram and YouTube, she’s taken over the world of modest hijabi fashion.

Not only does she have a personal page, but she also runs a shop page with a wide variety of beautiful scarves and a page dedicated to her house where she covers all things home and interior.

 

Mustafa Briggs @mustafabriggs – Writer and Lecturer

University of Westminster alum Mustafa Briggs is an all round master of storytelling. From reading, writing, speaking, travelling and even translating, Briggs has taken his career abroad to, “explore and uncover the deep rooted relationship between Islam and Black History,” (Sacred Footsteps).

Briggs rose to international acclaim for his lecture series, “Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam” in 2019, and has explored spiritualism through his work on Sacred Footsteps. His most recent online lecture explores the tradition of female scholarship within Islam, serving as, “as an inspiring blueprint for Muslim communities the world over.” 

Through his Instagram feed, Briggs documents his worldly travels alongside his wife, Yasmina, and continues enlightening the crowd with his inspiring captions. 

 

Najma Sharif @overdramatique – Writer

Somali-American writer Najma Sharif is the master of all. With her work being published on networks including NBC, Paper Magazine, and even Vice, Sharif has published over 30 dynamic articles across numerous platforms. 

Her website describes her as someone who “is dedicated to telling stories that amplify the most marginalized people.” It also says “she’s interested in creating challenging work that complicates how we think about and navigate the world. Her writing and public speaking centers Black Muslims from the diaspora, technology, fashion and Black womanhood.”

Sharif’s feed is a colorful blend of far too relatable memes and super cute selfies, but she’ll always keep it real with her insightful commentary and reporting on worldly issues.

 

Alhassan Umar @ally_deen – Public Speaker

Alhassan Umar, better known as Ally Deen, “is a spoken word artist and motivational speaker with the aim of spreading the true image of Islam and enlightening people on life issues.” His poetry is seen all over his page, expanding on topics of self contemplation and worldly affairs. 

At the recent wake of the BLM activism, Ally Deen took the time to reflect on society during this time. “I live in a place where the unfortunate stick together, where the oppressors continue to scramble, continue to find ways to make mice run for cheese. But little do they know that mice want more than cheese.”

His constant words of encouragement will inspire anyone to get up and make a change in the world.

 

Youssef Kromah @youssef.kromah – Author

Award winning author and poet Youssef Kromah has touched the hearts of many with his uplifting and motivational posts. With his posts framing inspirational quotes and lighthearted photos, Kromah has expanded beyond Instagram to enlighten his followers of spirituality.

 

This Is What Netflix’s ‘Elite’ Got Wrong About Muslims

No. Not every hijabi is in need of a white man to save her.

This Is What Netflix’s ‘Elite’ Got Wrong About Muslims

No. Not every hijabi is in need of a white man to save her.

By

Lina Qaderi
Art - Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh

 

Disclaimer: every opinion expressed in written pieces is that of the writer, and doesn’t represent the view of our publication.

The Netflix show Elite is polarizing – some Muslim viewers love it and others aren’t so happy with it. The frustration mainly comes from the fact that the TV show presents a Muslim girl taking off her hijab for a guy, and her drug dealer gay brother’s dillemma with his faith. 

For those who are unaware of the show, the main Muslim characters share pretty similar plot lines. Starting off with the hijabi, Nadia, she starts off as a shy new girl at school who only studies and doesn’t want to be friends with others. 

It’s safe to assume that the writers were trying to include the stereotype of all hijabis being quiet and not speaking for themselves. 

Nadia accidentally spots two antagonists of the show having sex, leading them to make a bet with each other to see if the white boy, Guzman, can humiliate Nadia by seducing her. The both of them end up having feelings for each other and Nadia begins to do things like not wearing her hijab as much and having sex. 

This is a common theme in almost every hijabi’s storyline and it’s pretty old to the point where there is almost no point in putting a Muslim girl in a movie or TV show because it just ends with false representation and the girl just being “saved” by a white guy as a “happy ending.”

 

 

Things are no better for Nadia’s brother, Omar, a gay drug dealer who starts to fall in love with another main character in the show. I’m sure the only reason Elite made Omar, out of all characters, to be homosexual was to turn him being Muslim as just a dilemma or obstacle in his life. 

This should never be presented for any type of belief, especially the ones that are continuously being underrepresented.

There is another gay muslim character that enters the show in season 3 named Malick. Malick starts to date Nadia even though she still has feelings for Guzman. Her parents approve of her dating Malick. Nadia later finds out he is secretly gay and has been hooking up with her brother, Omar… seriously? Talk about family tea!

Malick convinces Nadia to continue dating him. He also ends up proposing to Nadia near the end of the show and she accepts – until the next day when she realizes she doesn’t want to live a lie – but the two remain friends. The season finishes with Nadia still wanting to be with Guzman as well as Omar leaving Malick for his first boyfriend.

Most Muslims would say that these characters are disrespectful to all Muslim teenagers, as the show is in a backhanded way of making it seem to the audience that the religion of Islam goes against any teens’ desires and is practically oppressing Muslims, leaving them with no choices.

 

 

The writers of Elite consist of Spanish men, aside from Abril Zamora, a trans woman. None of the writers are Muslim. The problem with this is that it shows that the writers may have used only the preexisting stereotypes they had in mind while making and shaping these characters and didn’t even think about having a Muslim writer to clarify whats right and wrong. 

It’s already sad enough that having Muslim characters in films isn’t considered a regular thing, but when they are being represented incorrectly as well, it just makes it worse. 

I believe that the show is trying to give off the idea that all Muslims are needing to rebel to live a happy life because otherwise they are nothing but “oppressed” kids. Which is completely untrue. 

I think this is a dangerous idea to be spreading too, especially for the hijabi stereotype,  since nowadays there are a lot of films expressing the idea of hijabis being oppressed and being unhappy until meeting some white boy that makes her feel “true freedom.” 

These films will lead non-Muslims, or even some Muslim girls who are considering wearing the hijab to think it’s just force from parents and will completely change others idea of what the hijab is actually supposed to represent, which is modesty. 

Also the show adds to the stereotype of ALL muslims having insanely strict parents, which I find pretty unfair. Sure there are Muslim parents that are strict but not all are. There are a lot of laid back Muslim parents out there who have a healthy relationship with their children. 

I’m pretty sure if there were Muslims among the writing crew for the show, Nadia and Omar would probably be completely different characters from what they are currently. I’m also sure that Nadia wouldn’t need or want to take off her hijab at all through the show. 

Personally, I don’t think Elite is a bad show, as a matter of fact I find the show pretty interesting. My only issue, along with many people’s issue with the show, is their idea of Muslim teens and how they’re choosing to present them.

 

 

I watched this one show a while back called Skam, and it’s one of my favorite shows of all time because they have a strong and amazing hijabi lead that doesn’t show her as embarrassed of her religion or wanting to take off her hijab (she doesn’t remove her hijab throughout the show.) 

It’s also not that hard to create a good plot line for a hijabi. For example, it could be the opposite of pretty much all the hijabi films, where the guy falls in love with the Muslim girl and wants to convert for her. 

 It’s not everyday you will see a show or a movie wanting to feature a hijabi, let alone a Muslim. I think if film writers are wanting to create a Muslim character, they should respect the religion of Islam and the lives of most Muslim teenagers. 

I also believe that Elite should start to introduce a better portrayal of these Muslim characters. The popular show only has three seasons, who knows where it will lead. We just simply ask for good representation.

Muslim Directioners, Rise Up: Gigi Hadid And Zayn Are Having A Child

Reports share that the sought after Muslim couple are expecting their first child. Muslim Twitter is shook.

Muslim Directioners, Rise Up: Gigi Hadid And Zayn Are Having A Child

Reports share that the sought after Muslim couple are expecting their first child. Muslim Twitter is shook.

By

Rania Rizvi
Art - Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh

 

Mixed baby check! Dutch-Palestinian super model Gigi Hadid and THEE ex-boyband Pakistani heartthrob turned solo star Zayn Maik are reportedly expecting their first child together, according to TMZ. 

Although the baby bump isn’t visible yet and Zigi has yet to make an official announcement, TMZ reported that Hadid is more than 20 weeks pregnant. 

The news has Muslim twitter and stan Twitter shook, and their reactions couldn’t be anymore relatable.

 

Despite having an up-and-down relationship — the singer and supermodel reportedly split in 2018 due to their hectic schedules — Hadid and Malik are happier than ever and haven’t “skipped a beat,” said a source. 

The couple is currently quarantining together at Hadid’s family farm in Pennsylvania, where they  celebrated the model’s 25th birthday this past Sunday.

All 1D stans out there (yes, we still exist) know that Malik will be the third father of the group, following behind the “For You” singer, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson, the oldest member in the band.  

With now ⅗ of the boyband as parents, along with the recent rumors that the boys are reuniting for their 10-year anniversary, former 1D fans are searching for their old t-shirts, CDs and One: Direction This Is Us DVDs in quarantine. 

The reunion whispers started after fans noticed that the rest of the group refollowed Malik on Twitter. 

Though nothing is confirmed yet, fans are praying for a reunion and we could all use a quarantine “W” right about now. 

Malik may now have to swap microphones for pacifiers, but one thing’s for sure: Zigi’s future baby is going to be set for life, financially and physically, inshallah khair. With career options like carrying boy bands and strutting on cat walks, this baby has a bright future ahead.

 

Written by Rania Rizvi and Ameena Qobrtay

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
Art - Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh


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!