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Laila Alawa
Laila Alawa is the CEO and founder of Coming of Faith, a leading media company where the world goes to hear the voices and stories of underrepresented women. With more than half a million monthly visitors, the site covers everything from life to humor, entertainment to news. She is also the host for The Expose, a Coming of Faith weekly podcast tackling tough topics with snark and wit.

Her work has been mentioned in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Mashable, Color Lines, Bustle, Feministing, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. She's also appeared on Al-Jazeera America, BBC World News, NPR, and Huffington Post Live.

In 2015, Laila was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow.

Entries by Laila Alawa

There's Something Historic About This Muslim's Journey

(6) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:09 PM


"To Kill Or Not To Kill A Muslim."

Disturbing? It was the subject line of an email sent several weeks ago to Jameel Syed, the man behind Project Muaddhin: A Historic Journey Across America. It's actually one of several...

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What Is it With That White Sauce?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:16 PM


It's a common sight in New York City: the long lines, persistently crowded even on the chilliest of nights, stretched around the block in front of the iconic red and yellow awnings. It's consistently crowded, but The Halal Guys, around for...

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Happy in Syria? I Know What You're Thinking Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:09 AM

The video opens up on smiling laughing children. It's your normal "Happy" video -- joining videos from America, Germany, Egypt and Australia, to name a few -- but there's a slight twist to it: The people in the video are Syrian.

#RestoreHappy is not your run-of-the-mill...

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The Problem With Being First: The Dangers Behind Being the Token Hijabi

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:09 PM

The undercurrents of this issue have been rumbling throughout the community this past year, and it's time someone get up and speak up about it. Granted, don't read this if you're looking for something sugary sweet and devoid of reality. I don't...
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The Problem With Petitions: Muslim Edition

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:55 PM

If you're a part of the Muslim American community, you have likely heard of the cause heard 'round the world: a petition, put together by three homeschooled Muslim middle school students in Virginia, asking the White House to have public schools recognize Muslim holidays. This is...

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Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

(4) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:21 PM


Well, look here, world.

In a stunning move of independence replete of any help, force, or aid from the West, the first female law firm has opened in Saudi Arabia, two months after its founder and three other female lawyers were granted licenses...

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'Somewhere in America,' You Can't Handle the Truth

(7) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 2:50 PM


Somewhere in America, there are Muslim women cringing at the controversy that a two-minute video produced by the Mipsterz (Muslim hipsters) unleashed. Numerous blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts have been written in the few days since its release -- some supportive,...

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Reading Into Acceptance: Why We Can't Remain Silent Anymore

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 10:37 AM

2013-10-31-6ABV_muslim_book.jpgWhen I was eight years old, I used to love consuming books of all kinds.

If you asked me what my favorite book was at the time, I was never able to name just one. So it comes as no...

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Come at Me, Pork!

(203) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 2:31 PM


Let's take a moment and talk about how ludicrous the recent Jihawg Ammo pork-laced bullets sound to anyone, regardless of background. As both a devout Muslim and freedom-loving American, I find myself at a weird crossroads.

A short introduction to the...

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I Am Not Oppressed

(1263) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 10:01 AM

I am a proud Muslim-American woman, and I am tired. I am tired of being told that I am oppressed. That I have no voice. That I need to be liberated.

I am tired, and I am speaking out for the rights of my and other fellow Muslim sisters to...

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