Hippies, Hip-hop and Mipsters – Somewhere from America

Jonathan Wilson examines the Mipsters sub-culture as he speaks to Abbas Rattani, one of the creators behind the viral video. So, here’s the irony: My slightly tongue-in-cheek first article for Aquila Style asked where the fashionable Muslim men are, and why Muslim women are grabbing all of the headlines. What happens? I get contacted by The Times newspaper to comment on … Read more

Halalywood: The rise of the Islamic entertainment industry

We’ve all heard of Hollywood and Bollywood. Some of you may have even heard of Lollywood (the Pakistani version) and Nollywood (the Nigerian version). But what about Halalywood? No? Well, as of 2014, you probably will. American actor and comedian Omar Regan, who has appeared in films such as Rush Hour 2, has set out to … Read more

Scholar spotlight: Ingrid Mattson, paving the way for women scholars

The Canadian-born scholar, academic and author works against extremism and calls for Muslims to join together to solve social problems. Dr Ingrid Mattson is a rare case in the history of Islam in America. In 2006, she was elected President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). It was a watershed moment: a convert, … Read more

More Hispanics turning to Islam, majority women

According to the Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), more Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female. Florida, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, is the US’s fourth most populous state and is highly distinguished by its thriving Hispanic community. In 2010, Hispanics … Read more

A History of Muslims in Belize

How Islam came to this small Caribbean nation, as seen through the quest of Hakeemah Cummings’s father to find guidance during a time of flux. My parents’ home country is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in the strip of land between North and South America, Belize is a tiny nation rich with a vibrant cultural … Read more