For the past few months my husband and I have been going over an idea we came up with for an amazing project called Forgotten Ummah. The project consists of several different aspects and if it really gets off the ground I know it will be a great program that will help many people. The project aims to highlight members of the Ummah (community) that are overlooked or treated poorly. This includes people who have disabilities, lgbtq* identifying people, people who have faced racism..etc but that’s not all, it also aims to bring us ALL together (Muslim and Non-Muslim alike) to dispel negative stereotypes forced on Muslims. In this post 9/11 world we have been shown as terrorists, hateful, ignorant, backwards, and oppressed but the truth of the matter is that no stereotype fits every member of any group and through this project we hope to show just how diverse the Muslim community is.
Part 1 - The first part of the project is a Youtube channel we want to set up which will display videos sent in from around the world from Muslims showing or telling a part of their day to day life as a member of the “forgotten Ummah” or showing/telling a part of their day to day life that goes against the mainstream idea of what a Muslim is or does. We want you guys to be creative and we want you guys to challenge the minds of those that have their heart set on fitting us into a small, ignorant box. We always will be displaying videos sent in from Non-Muslims that have Muslim family members, friends or coworkers and want to share their stories of how the Muslim person in their life has impacted them and their view of Islam.
Part 2 - The second part of the project is moving it from the virtual world into the real world. We want to have seminars, educational programs, large events, and even parties. It will be a lot of work and we’ll need a lot of people to help us out but it is completely possible and we’ve even been looking into places to hold them at. Maybe an annual huge event that will focus on acceptance, love, and the importance of unity and respect within the community. We want this to be an ONGOING MOVEMENT not just a momentary fad.
Part 3 - The last part of the project is YOU. We need you all to really be behind us 100% in making this project happen. Message us here on Tumblr (samiracortez.tumblr.com/ask or thesmallestactofkindness.tumblr.com/ask) or email us (email@example.com) if you want to be a part of this project.
We are looking for people to spread the word, we are looking for people to help us get all the different pieces together, we are looking for people to help plan events and we are of course, looking for people to help sponsor the project although the majority of any costs will be coming out of our own pockets because we really want to see something that means so much to us grow with our help and help from you. Please, please take the time to reblog this :)
Edit- I forgot to add that we will be making donations of half of anything we earn to people in need so when this picks up if there’s ever a time when you need money for groceries, rent, clothes..anything inshallah we will be able to help you with that. I’ve seen so many people that are turned down by masjids or even government aide and we want to be there for you all in those situations.