Not on the Map

I’m kind of a Mo Amer fan. I have seen two of his standup specials, and recently I watched the first season of Mo on Netflix. I enjoyed it. It’s funny; the characters were realistic and likable; it was easy to watch the whole season in a day or two. It’s easy to relate to their experiences, although sometimes it’s hard to watch – watching the family face the anxiety of their immigration status as asylees

Social Justice Leadership Scholarship

Invest in Social Justice Leaders through MLFA

We are very excited to announce the selection of Mussab Ali for MLFA’s Tarek Al-Kadri Social Justice Leadership Scholarship in 2022, ma sha Allah. Mussab Ali is currently a Harvard Law School student; he expresses his intention to stand up for Muslims by pursuing a career in public office.

Prof. Sylviane Diouf

Collective Agency in Impossible Situations

Reflections on Prof. Sylviane Diouf’s article, “Enslaved Philanthropists: Charity, Community, and Freedom in the Americas”

“Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.”
– Shel Silverstein

One Step from the Supreme Court

Impact litigation is one of MLFA’s major strategies. In addition to trying to win each individual case, we work for long-term change, attempting to affect the underlying laws and policies.

Our MLFA-funded Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) has been recognized and referenced by the legal community for our experience and expertise on Watchlist-related cases.

Fellow Feelings – 3 Inspiring Muslim Protagonists

I love fiction because it puts me inside looking out at history while it happens. If I want to understand a moment in history, I usually read fiction first. Once I deeply care about the events as they impact the individual, I then become truly interested in how the broader history connects.

Your Shield, Your Pillar

Our brand is changing.

MLFA has been serving the Muslim community faithfully since 2001. As the world evolves, so do we. In 2022, we are turning over a new leaf. Our brand is changing with us.

Originally, MLFA funded cases one at a time. This case-funding model helped us understand the cases and the issues. However, over time, we looked for ways to conserve time, money, and other resources.

Do I need an immigration lawyer?

Yes. The short answer is yes.

Better safe than sorry. You can waste so much time and money, making small mistakes that an attorney may be able to help you avoid.


I arrived at Friday prayers, thirsty. I felt like I was in the desert. People were fighting, including me. Things were falling apart. My heart was so sore; I could feel it aching in my chest. Part of me wanted to hide under a rock, but another part of me knew I should take my sore heart to the masjid.

Giving Freely

Islam is about generosity. One translation of line 5 of Surah Infitar goes like this: “A soul will know what it has given and what it has held back.” (Quran 82:5).

Giving charity is not only encouraged – as we know, it’s required as one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Withholding or a lack of charitableness is almost sinful.

a land of opportunity

A land of opportunity

When I was living in France, I never took the immigration process lightly. Immigration offices, airports, city halls – these are policed, in-between places – the cracks you don’t want to fall through.