We are immensely proud to announce the release of NWMI’s youth-produced book, I Am the Night Sky & Other Reflections By Muslim American Youth. In collaboration with Shout Mouse Press, ten NWMI teens have published an original collection of stories, essays, poetry, and art that confronts anti-Muslim discrimination and explores what it means to be young and Muslim in America today. We hope you will share copies of this book with your schools, libraries, and neighbors and further these teens’ efforts to humanize American Muslims at a time our community needs it most.
I AM THE NIGHT SKY
BY THE ARTISTS AND WRITERS OF NWMI
Samaa Eldadah • Noor Saleem • Imaan Shanavas • Bilal Saleem • Salihah Aakil • Leyla Rasheed • Ruqayyah Aakil • Fatima Rafie • Iman Ilias • Ayah Noor
During an era characterized by both hijabi fashion models and enduring post-9/11 stereotypes, ten teenagers came together to explore their American Muslim identities. These teens represent the tremendous diversity within the American Muslim community, and their book, like them, contains multitudes. Bilal writes about being a Muslim rocker. Noor reflects about speaking in multiple tongues. Samaa creates her own cartoon Kebob Squad. Ayah responds to online hate.
Through poems, essays, artwork, and stories, these young people aim to show their true selves, to build connection, and to create more inclusive and welcoming communities.