Our Stories

Personal stories can be a powerful catalyst for change – challenging stereotypes, building bridges, and inspiring action. In a country as diverse and complex as the United States, the identities of Muslim Americans remain layered and contested. We all have stories to tell: stories that deserve to be collected, conserved, and celebrated.

“Muslim American Journeys” is a MALA program produced in partnership with NPR’s StoryCorps and the Library of Congress, providing a platform for Americans of Muslim heritage to share their individual stories. By sharing a diverse range of narratives and experiences, “Journeys” aims to document oral history, inspire pride, and celebrate individuality. Every story recorded is officially archived in the Library of Congress, and outstanding stories are featured on National Public Radio.

Browse the collection of individuals’ stories below. If you would like to participate in “Muslim American Journeys,” here is information on how to submit your story and apply to participate in a recording session.

Sabri Mohiuddin: The Meaning of Life

“Even now, I’m still not completely used to live in this country. But life is all about to change and how one can adapt to it. And if I want to make the most out of my life to help others, I’ll accept the challenge of living in America.”

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Hassan El-Ghit: Opportunity

Hassan came to the U.S. with his mother and his sister when he was very young. In his story he describes his experience with prejudice, racism, and struggle. Through all of this, Hassan has refused to be a victim; the fear of failure does not stop him from striving to achieve his dreams. Blessings, Luck, […]

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Kyrah Simon: Open Up

Kyrah is a New York Times Bestselling Author and self-described “proud big-mouth black woman.” Her story illustrates her struggle to embrace her identity and pursue self-love. I identify as a proud big-mouth black woman. A strong statement, I know, but it is the only way I know to define the woman I have become. It […]

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Shazie Senen: A Twenty-Something Journey

“We were placed in a shelter cities away for victims of domestic violence where I met other mothers and children. We also began waiting in line at the local food banks to receive free food. We did not imagine a life like this having to struggle and fight for survival in a country so new to us.”

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Nergis Khan: The Question

“I am proud to say that I am Muslim, my mom is Moroccan, my dad is Pakistani, and I am an American in the entire sense of the word because to be American is to be different.”

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Raihan Kabir Khan: Journey in the Land of Opportunity

“I felt lonely and isolated when I first began my life in USA. Soon within several months, I started feeling the warmth and inclusiveness of US people around me who made me feel welcomed in this new country. I met people from so many different cultures and ethnicities in USA that I never met in my life back in Bangladesh.”

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Tirsaay Ahmed: Prosperity Through Adversity

“My individuality is defined by the small moments of realization, the moments in my life where self-loathing transformed into self-love, hate became appreciation, and pain became strength.”

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Nayab Khan: Wearing Islam

“Because I do not wear a headscarf, there is no clear reason to jump to any religious conclusions about me.”

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Zena and Mena Nasiri: Making Space for Muslim Stories in the Library

At a young age, Zena and Mena Nasiri realized that their community libraries did not have books that represented Muslim Women. In an effort to change this, and to enrich other community libraries with books that focused on Muslim women in story, they founded Girls of the Crescent, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes […]

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Reem Al-Ahmad: Third Culture Kid

“As a result, I crossed the Atlantic and integrated into American society. Now, I see my community as something mobile. A space not a place. It is connected more with the people rather than a specific geographical location.”

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