Now This released a video featuring Safaf Javaid and Rummi Khan discussing illMuslim, an organization that focuses on building understanding of the Muslim community through creativity and social engagements. Some people, however, felt the message fell short on inclusion.
‘This is what Muslim America looks like.’ -illMuslims might be the coolest social gathering for young Muslim Americans pic.twitter.com/V2yEYFs6M6
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 22, 2018
Some Twitter users felt there was a lack of representation of African Muslims.
I just wish when Sadaf spoke about Muslims, she didn’t specifically reference Arab and South Asian ones, without reference to the millions of Muslims of the African diaspora
— Arielle Nicole (@arielleblog) July 22, 2018
I took notice to that as well. This piece almost completely ignored this portion of the community.
— Yakima Ellison (@yakima_ellison) July 22, 2018
Spoiler alert: This is not what “Muslim America” looks like.
This is what some Muslims would *like* you to think “Muslim America” looks like. https://t.co/enWQ9LXjtn
— K P (@MilahPeezy) July 21, 2018
Some took exception to the use of “ill.”
Great–I only wish that when people use Black idiom, they give credit where credit is do. Agree w/Sis @Margari_Aziza where are the Black Muslims? For some confused by that term, where are the Muslims who are Black. #unapologetic #ill (the cool ill) didn't come from the ether.
— JamiahAdams (@JamiahAdams) July 23, 2018
How are you engaging with and giving Black Muslims a platform or space in an area that low key appropriates blackness? You’ve characterized Muslims as Arab and South Asians, I’m sure unintentionally, but you’ve erased entire populations so how will you reconcile and be inclusive?
— KNM ✨ (@damnafrkah) July 22, 2018
I second that. I don’t ever want to do things that leave my black sisters and brothers behind.
But am hoping they address that. Am sure they will. As creatives, they will be aware black race is forefront of creativity and much can be taught to us by this global community.
— Yasmin A. Choudhury (@yasminisyasmin) July 22, 2018
Thank you for saying it. The undeniable contribution of Black peoples goes unmentioned too often. I wish people understood that when you turn on the radio our legacy is what you’re hearing. Guitar rock Jazz and that’s just the music It doesn’t get said enough. Erased!
— Queen MKB (@queenmkb) July 23, 2018
I was a little taken aback that this glossed over the largest Muslim community in America- black Americans. That said, the goal here is representation so this is really cool to see and hopefully we'll see deeper representation w/ this project of all American Muslims.
— Dutch (@caseycdutch) July 23, 2018
Other people were bothered more by the title of the video than the content.
@fabrhx nothing wrong with the actual video just the statement “This is what Muslim America looks like” the title should’ve been something else if they’re only going to show a certain group of Muslims.
— Islaam Yasin (@i_izzle) July 23, 2018
That’s exactly what I was going for! Their intentions are there however to say that they’re the face of Muslim America is just totally off
— حفيظة (@_hafeezat) July 23, 2018
Okay, that I definitely agree with. I'm sure they had well intentions but I couldn't understand why there was so much backlash.
— (@fabrhx) July 23, 2018
We hope that illMuslim will take the feedback to heart and make adjustments to their message.
H/T: Twitter Moments