The M Word Stories: Safia Elhillo
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 Safia Elhillo on what it means to be Muslim in America today.
“I choose to be unapologetically Muslim because I’m tired and bored of apologizing for things that I already am. And so, why stop?”
“To be Muslim in America means to always have community, to always have family, and to have that sense of family and community strengthened by outside scrutiny.”
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The M Word is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges program.