Our very own, Lela Ali, is featured in the inaugural episode of Our 7 Neighbors podcast series.
I will not lie to myself and say that this is going to be easy for me, but I understand that if all of the social aspects of Ramadan are taken away, the virtue, reward, and observance of Ramadan is not reduced in any capacity.
On this day, many in our community are still struggling to reconcile exactly what happened five years ago and more importantly, what the murders of three young Muslims means for each and every one of us.
For most of my life, I’ve sat on the sidelines watching people speak for me and about my experiences while my insides were refuting their words. One of the greatest ‘aha’ moments that I grasped
I realized that when I heard about the Muslim Ban I was angry about it but I stopped there and it was not until becoming a Muslim Women For fellow that I looked at it in-depth and realize how bad it really was. From there, I became motivated to do something about it.
The retreat taught me that my identity as a woman, a person of color and a first-generation immigrant is instrumental in shaping the narrative of designing a better world. I am an advocate within my field of architecture, to fight for social design, accessible spaces, and healthier communities.