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MuslimMatters and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)  are partnering this Black History Month to explore the Legacy of Bilal raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) with the #PowerfOne blog carnival from February 1st- 9th. Muslimmatters, a web magazine, started out as a blog and to commemorate 10 years of existence, we have decided to revisit our roots.

Inspired by the US release of Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, our aim is to start a conversation about the power of faith in the oneness of God and the struggle for dignity.

Hazrat Bilal’s raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) story is especially inspiring for Muslims based in countries where the climate is saturated with racism, xenophobia, and anti-Muslim bigotry. Just as the adhan still can be heard across the globe 1400 years after his first call to prayer, Bilal’s triumph offers a powerful message of courage and perseverance. We are inviting bloggers to share how they have been inspired by Bilal. Each participating blogger will send MuslimMatters the link to their specific blog carnival post entry.  On February 2nd, MuslimMatters will, inshaAllah, publish a post with links to each of the participants’ entries. Please join us in this blog carnival uplifting the contributions of Bilal’s legacy, celebrating African Muslims in Diaspora and on the continent and Islam’s anti-racist ethos.

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During the first week of Febuary, MuslimMatters will publish a post with links to each of the participants’ entries, giving readers easy access to a variety of posts on this topic. We will then publish the best of the carnival on Muslimmatters.
We encourage writers to send in post and articles on critiques and reviews of the movie, depictions of Bilal raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) in film and other media, historical Bilal raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), etc. What doesWe encourage people to go deep and then go deeper.

Each participating blogger should send MM the link to their specific carnival post entry. Writers can submit previously published content that they own the rights to and support by sharing content using the hashtags #Bilal #PowerOfOne or #PowerOfOneness. Please advertise the carnival on your blog. If you do not have your own blog but would like to send in a guest submission, please use this link and clearly mark the entry BILAL.

Please include:

Title of your entry:

Summary of your article (200 words or less):

URL or Blog where it will be published:

Theme (select all that apply)

  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero review

  • Depictions of Bilal in Film  (The Message or the Umar series)

  • Historical Bilal

  • Bilalian

  • Bilal and Faith

  • #PowerofOne

  • Freedom struggle

Please list writers in comments we can contact to participate in this blog carnival.

Please submit your completed response with links by January 31st.

If you are interested in arranging a community screening, email margari@muslimarc.org to get a list of theaters that are showing the film.

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Margari Aziza Hill is co-founder and Programming Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), assistant editor at AltM, co-founder of Muslims Make it Plain, and columnist at MuslimMatters. She is on the Advisory Council of Islam, Social Justice & Interreligious Engagement Program at the Union Theological Seminary and winner of the 2015 MPAC Change Maker Award. She has nearly a decade of teaching experiences at all levels from elementary, secondary, college level, to adult education. She earned her master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, and race in Muslim communities. She is also a freelance writer with articles published in Time, SISTERS, Islamic Monthly, Al Jazeera English, Virtual Mosque (formerly Suhaibwebb.com), and Spice Digest. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and Muslim communities.

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