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.

Somann Irani: Giving it One Hundred and Ten Percent

“I am very happy and lucky to be able to find a career or a calling that is going to be able to give me financial success, but also that I really enjoy.”

Read this story

Clyde Amin: The Ability To Create Change

“My advice to young people is that the time that you are living in is the time that you are prepared to live in.”

Read this story

I Said It Loudly: I Am An FGM Survivor

“My body was not supposed to be violated in this severe way, nor was my soul. Yet, both happened. But I am comforted in knowing that there are others I can talk to who understand my pain.”

Read this story

Najifa Hossain: Freedom, As West Encounters East

“Today, I know that the two separate sides of me were never separate at all; they are the same. They are American. They are Muslim. They are me.”

Read this story

Maiem Alam: The Depth of Immigration

“Others tend to see your results and envy your outcomes, but they fail to take notice of the amount of hard work and sacrifices you have made to get where you stand today.”

Read this story

Sonia Sultan: America – The Land of Opportunities and Freedom

“This country never failed to surprise me by showing the generous amount of human, constitutional, and civil rights citizens of America have and how much power and independence an individual could have in this country.”

Read this story

Shahbab Ahmed: The Land of Opportunities

“The civil and organized environment in America is a stark contrast to the pandemonium that I had gotten used to in Bangladesh. I feel that there is order in this new land whereas there was always chaos in my previous home. America is not just the land of opportunities, it is the land of possibilities.”

Read this story

Halima Hagi-Mohamed: Finding “Amilah”

“As a Black, Muslim and female I’m faced with so much. Last year I published my first book of short stories titled, Amilah. It’s an anthology of fictional short stories dealing with the lives of Somali-Americans.”

Read this story

Mohamed Sanwidi: An Appreciation For Life

“Reflecting on my life in Burkina Faso, I realized my current life is amazing even without Jordan’s, or an Xbox, or the latest iPhone. Living in an underdeveloped country made me appreciate the American life and the opportunities it has to offer.”

Read this story

Bintou Tunkara: Double Worlds for One Journey to Success

“The next chapter in my life, which is attending a college or university will strengthen my brand, and I will get to further define what it means to be me: Muslim, Gambian-American, and Female.”

Read this story