The M Word Stories: Afaq Mahmoud
The M Word seeks to elevate, amplify, and celebrate the contributions of Muslim Americans to our country’s varied and inspiring cultural landscape. To help us, we are inviting audience members, online followers, panelists, and others—both Muslims and non-Muslims alike—to share their personal experiences with what it means to be Muslim in America.
Today, we feature a video by Afaq Mahmoud on what it means to be Muslim in America.
“To be Muslim in America is to strongly believe in what you believe in and constantly have to justify it, no matter how natural that belief is to you. You’ll always have to fight to be recognized as someone who has a right to be who you are.”
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The M Word is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges program.