Fed up with ignorance about their rich cultural and local history in the United States, the Muslim African-American community has taken it upon themselves to share their lives and experiences with the rest of the world.
To tackle issues of racism and Islamophobia in the country, activist Donna Auston, who is also a doctoral candidate in anthropology, recently launched a hashtag #BlackMuslimRamadan to highlight how black Muslims celebrate the holy month of fasting, prayers and charity.
As BuzzFeed reports, Auston started the Twitter campaign in order to “increase visibility and exert a greater level of control over the American Muslim narrative, where Black Muslims are rarely included.” The activist explained the hashtag was created because “celebrating the beauty and richness of black life and cultural expression is absolutely essential” – particularly in the aftermath of racially charged protests and attacks on black religious churches in Charleston and other cities.
@drsafiyya oh my yes!!! thanks for dredging up bad childhood memories😭😭😭— Kameelah M. Rashad (@KameelahRashad) July 8, 2015
#BlackMuslimRamadan draws attention to many fascinating aspects of the holiday celebration in the underrepresented community. While the viral campaign shows the struggles poor African-Americans undergo while keeping the spirit of Ramadan alive, it also showcases cultural diversity, the impact black Muslim leaders had on civil rights movement in the U.S. and the misconceptions they face both within and outside their community.
Being asked if you and your family are reverts by Asian/Arab muslims because being a black muslim is apparently strange #BlackMuslimRamadan— Yasmin☆Ladidi (@yariyan_ghana) July 8, 2015
While there is no exact data available on the total number of Muslim African-Americans in the United States, experts believe the number is 1 million to 3.5 million.