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February 09, 2008

America's Muslim Population is Gaining a Hispanic Accent

Featuring MWA Member Khadijah Rivera of Tampa, Florida

In addition to being a member of Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA), Khadijah Rivera is also President of Piedad, a women's group at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area Mosque that represents a growing group in the American Islamic Community: Hispanic Muslims. In a Tampa Times, February 9, 2008 article, Khadijah told reporter Sherri Day, "Islam is not a religion of Arabs," said Rivera, who happens to be Puerto Rican. "It may have started as a religion of the Arabs. But we're just regular people, and we're not all Arab." (story here)

Photo (Tampa Times): Khadijah Rivera talks with Silvia Nagi, right, at the Eid Al-Adha carnival in Tampa on Dec. 19. The Latin Muslims meet at least monthly.


  1. Salam Sister Aishah,
    Bloghopping from Sister Umi's blog. Would like to wish you Happy Birthday too and would like to get to know you. I also like to write poems. Please let me know if there's any poem competition that I can enter.
    (Sorry, this is not related to your post entry)


  2. Assalaamu alaikum,

    As a puertorican muslimah,I love to hear and try to get to know any hispanic muslimahs.Just to have someone of your own background whom you can relate to is very comforting...