I wanted to share this video with you all that I shot exactly one year ago, when I entered a Barnes and Noble store in Manhattan to see Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age on a bookshelf for the first time. It’s hard for me to imagine that my baby is now one whole year old.
On this day, one year later, Donald Trump planned to enact his third attempt at a Muslim Ban. And he failed. As we speak, thousands of people are marching on Washington, D.C. for the #NoMuslimBanEver rally. I’m typing this from our Muslim Girl office in Brooklyn, NY, watching it all unfold on @muslimgirl’s Instagram story.
The world has changed a lot over the past 12 months. This book was my Hail Mary pass weeks before we imminently ushered in a new era. In many ways, the unthinkable has happened since then — politically, socially, environmentally. At the same time, we’ve seen people come together in ways that we’ve never before witnessed in our lifetimes. And I can’t believe that over the past year of curve balls and new waves of adversity, thousands of people have picked up the Muslim Girl book and read my story, our story, and chosen to get to know and understand this walk of life a little bit better.
Thank you to everyone who has ever purchased, passed along, or even just read one page of the journey MuslimGirl.com, the #MuslimGirlArmy, and I have been on during our changing times. You are the tribe I never had growing up, and you give me hope for the next generation of Muslim girls. I am so proud to have the #MuslimGirlBookClique and to march alongside you to brighter horizons.