Our Pillars

Muslim Women For envisions a future where Islam is understood as a source of dignity, justice, compassion and love for all humanity and the world. We hope to foster and nurture vibrant Muslim societies that work to create positive social change and uplift their communities through political education, leadership development, relationship building, women of color empowerment and grassroots organizing.

Our pillars are our values and guide all our decisions.

Political Education

“As the South goes, so goes the nation”  

W.E.B. Du Bois  

We recognize that many people consider the American South to be backward, ignorant and abhorrently racist. While we acknowledge these experiences, we should also recognize the American South as the hotbed of political resistance and civil disobedience. The South represents a key link in the chain for the U.S. working class in terms of resistance against exploitation and the violent suppression of organizing and organization among workers and people of color.

We believe in continuing this tradition by providing resources and equipping people with a nuanced political education. We know all too well how dangerous and violent it is to confine our narrative to a single story. Through this pillar, we seek to engage deeply to unravel our ways of thinking, unlearning oppression, reimagining freedom and decolonizing our minds. We seek to provide brave and welcoming spaces that recognize the myriad intersectional identities of Muslim women and encourages them to amplify their voices and reclaim their narratives

Materials from our Get Out The Vote block party in November 2018.

Projects include: Anti-Islamophobia Training, Revolutionary Reading Library

Leadership Development

“The true greatness of man lies in his capacity for eternal progress.”

Imam Al-Ghazali

We believe in creating spaces that reflect the diversity of our society. We believe each person has a unique contribution which important to the movement. In short, collective liberation demands collective participation. We believe that true leadership requires that one is deeply rooted in the truths, triumphs, failures, and histories of one’s ancestors and elders. Through learning our history, we can mold our future.

First ever Iftar at the North Carolina’s Governer’s Mansion

Relationship Building

“Without community, there is no liberation.”

Audre Lorde

This work does not exist without a deep love and commitment to people, all people, no exceptions. Muslim Women For began with the deep friendship of three women and is fueled today through the links of community members, intergenerational conversations, grassroots organizers, coalition support, elected representatives, allies, family members, and other comrades in the work. We pride ourselves in our transparency within our own networks as well as to the broader community we serve. We do not believe in transactional relationships, rather, we seek to be part of transformative and intentional relationships with all the networks we are part of.

Allied Organizations

These are organizations who’s work and missions we trust and invite you to be part of their work.

Aliadas – Aliadas was founded in North Carolina by three Latinx women for the enhancement and defense of women of color. Our goal is to empower women of color and dismantle patterns of oppression by addressing issues that affect our communities through various forms of art, volunteerism, informational events for the community, and storytelling among the few.

The Light House Project – The Light House was owned by Deah Barakat then inherited by his parents upon his murder; it was a rental property that allowed him a step towards financial independence. Now we intend to use the house to further his legacy, and in furtherance of Deah’s wishes to one day support the youth with their projects. To fulfill Deah’s dream, we operate an incubator for faith based programs targeting the youth. Think of it as a really cool shared office space for many local community programs targeting youth.

As-Salaam Islamic Center – As Salaam Islamic Center of Raleigh is committed to serving Allah (SWT) and the needs of you and your family. Using universal principles of spirituality, they offer practical tools for leading a joyous, abundant and peaceful life.

Muslims for Social Justice – MSJ was founded in North Carolina in 2013 to offer liberation theology perspective in Islam. Since its inception, MSJ has organized within the Muslim community and forged deeper ties between members of the immigrant and African American communities.

Southern Vision Alliance – A grassroots intermediary organized for the charitable and educational purposes of providing infrastructure, capacity-building, and assistance to youth-centered organizations and programs. SVA supports leadership development and base-building work for social, racial, and environmental justice, along with gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and education justice in the US South.

Justice for Muslims Collective – Justice for Muslims Collective’s (JMC) works to dismantle institutional structural Islamophobia through raising political consciousness, community empowerment and organizing, and movement building through coalition-building focused on the Greater Washington Region. 

MALIKAH – MALIKAH is a global grassroots movement, a network of active and engaged women leaders. We support each other, and together we remake our communities to be inclusive, safe and just.

Coalition Membership

Movement to End Islamophobia and Racism – Their work to confront, resist, and transform Islamophobia and racism requires fighting the social, systemic, and ideological dynamics of hatred that are currently threaded through our communities. We are proud to serve on the steering committee of MERI.

NC Medicare for All Coalition

We believe in the mission of the NC Medicare for All Coalition to promote the good health and wellness of all residents of North Carolina and the nation by supporting the implementation of fully funded Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, a single-payer health care financing
system that is comprehensive, and to promote strong civic/governmental oversight of the operation of the system.

Raising Wages NC Coalition

Raising Wages NC is part of a national movement rising across the country to raise wages to $15 an hour. We are proud to serve on the communications working group for this coalition.

Our community showing up for get out the vote programming

Womxn of Color Empowerment

“Give light and people will find the way.”

Ella Baker

The work of Muslim Women For challenges the monolithic image of Muslim women that continues to contribute to gender-based Islamophobia and inter-community marginalization and addresses issues that concern vulnerable communities like gender-based violence, anti-blackness, immigrant injustice, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and violence against LGBTQ persons. We develop our spaces with a deep commitment to elevating the voices and contributions of femmes, non-binary folks, black, brown and indigenous folks.

Brunch moments from our leadership retreat in September 2018

Grassroots Organizing

“What makes revolutionary thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, clear words that are understood without the need for any help from elite writers or thinkers.”

Nawal El Saadawi

Muslim Women For works to create transformative change by organizing locally and building power through direct service, advocacy, and spiritual resistance. We have lead rapid response efforts including vigils, protests, and servicing our community at a local, national, and global scale through service projects or through contributions to larger relief efforts.

Doha leading a discussion about Islamophobia with students visiting from the UK.