Webseries Watch: Ask A Muslim Breaks It Down

By Arturo R. García

Yesterday we discussed the bad things that happen when people who don’t care about Islam think they got jokes. Now let’s talk about something positive–a new webseries by the National Black Programming Consortium that attempts to explain aspects of the African-American Muslim perspective.

Episode 1, seen below, deals with some of the more familiar questions re: wardrobe.

In the second episode, questions of identity take center stage, as the panelists discuss “fake Muslims,” people who come to practice their faith while being in jail, and Sharia law, a topic on which Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) weighs in, noting that it’s a topic “that people are scared to death of, but they don’t know what it is.”

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  • LSM

    Excluding the transphobic insistence that Muslim men can’t wear dresses I think this should be watched by a lot of people

  • Manzar

    N.B.: Keith Ellison was born in MIchigan, but currently represents the 5th district of Minnesota.

    sources: http://www.biography.com/people/keith-ellison-213034, http://ellison.house.gov/

  • http://www.blackgirlunlost.com Jubi The Great

    Just a correction – Keith Ellison is a representative from Minnesota (MN), not Michigan (MI). I live in his district & he’s awesome :-)

  • Gina

    What a novel idea – letting people speak for themselves instead of letting outsiders (mis)interpret them. Just a side note – Keith Ellison is from MN, not MI.