This season of Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time of year to reflect on everything you are thankful for: your job, your home and health, your family and friends, the great things you accomplished in 2017, the things you learned, the places you were able to travel, or even the books you were able to read.
We are often so used to giving thanks for the material items that we possess, or the things we find comfortable and familiar, but it’s also important to be grateful for the people who have helped to positively shape the world around you in one way or another; even if you do not belong to their religious community.
It’s important to note that this has been a difficult year for many Muslim women in America, due to the rise of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes, which is one of the reasons why we decided to create the hashtag: #ThankfulForMuslimWomen
This Thanksgiving, when you’re sitting down with your family and friends, take some time to reflect on how much Muslim American doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, activists, and artists have given back to the United States; despite the backlash they have received for their religious beliefs, garb, and practices.
Try talking with your family and friends about these issues Muslim women face, and why non-Muslims should support them.
Build a dialogue with your loved ones and explain why you are thankful for the Muslim women in your community. Express why we should share our sentiments, and our gratefulness for their valuable contributions, with others this Thanksgiving.
You can begin doing so by sharing the video above on social media and tagging the Muslim women you’re thankful for. Even if you do not have any friends or colleagues who are Muslim, you can still show your support by spreading news of the #ThankfulForMuslimWomen campaign.
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