If you head over to Twitter today and click on the hashtag #MuslimWomensDay, you will find an amazing stream of women supporting other women in honor of the first annual Muslim Women's Day. Personally, I spent almost an hour clicking through profiles on Twitter, reading up on all of these incredible Muslim women and those they were highlighting on Muslim Women’s Day. Which is why I figured I should share some of these amazing online influencers with you, because there are certainly dozens of influential Muslim women to follow on Twitter.
Although there were a ton to highlight, I chose women who have brought attention to the awful injustice and oppression that Muslim women continue to face. In this list we have voices speaking for sports, lifestyle, politics, sexual violence, racial injustice, and much more. Some of these women are even powerhouse political leaders for countries around the world, some even standing up to their government just so they can be a voice to those who no longer want to subject to the rules of their ruler. I’m telling you, after looking through these Twitter profiles, you are going to be inspired.
So to celebrate Muslim Women’s Day, here are a few Muslim women that will leave you utterly in awe because of their incredible work, their determined voices, and their persistence in making sure that oppression and injustice is continually being noticed within our shared online world. Get thee to Twitter and start hitting that follow button!
Daisy Khan, @DaisyKhan
Not only is Daisy Khan the Executive Director of American Society for Muslim Women Advancement (ASMA), but she is also the founder of two organizations: Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) and Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE). Khan is always sharing her perspective on what is going on in the world, both in the political and in pop-culture spheres.
Hind Makki, @HindMakki
Hind Makki is the founder of Side Entrance, a website that features photographs of women praying in mosques. Her Twitter is a mix of her opinions, supporting other women in the Muslim community, and giving perspective to prejudices happening around the world.
Farah Pandith, @Farah_Pandith
Farah Pandith was the first ever Special Representative for Muslim Communities for the U.S. Department of State. She is constantly asking the difficult questions, challenging thoughts, and giving strong perspective on issues facing Muslim communities on Twitter.
Linda Sarsour, @lsarsour
Linda Sarsour is most known for her position as National Co-chair for the Women’s March. But her work goes beyond the March. She is an inspirational activist who is constantly giving perspective on Twitter, and runs a show on Goodcast.
Faiza N. Ali, @faiza_n_ali
Faiza N. Ali is an activist in Brooklyn who is bringing awareness to the oppression of Muslim women on Twitter. She is an avid retweeter — constantly pulling up what others are talking about and engaging in the conversation at-large.
Eman Idil Bare, @EmanIdilBare
Eman Idil Bare is a writer who isn’t afraid to bring light to the issues at hand through multiple platforms. She is a journalist for CBS News, a writer for Teen Vogue, and even the Multimedia Editor for Muslim Girl.
Farrah Khan, @farrah_khan
Farrah Khan is a prominent voice speaking out against sexual violence, and bringing awareness to the crime. She is a public speaker, a filmmaker, and a prose writer.
Shireen Ahmed, @_shireenahmed_
Shireen Ahmed is a huge voice for Muslim women when it comes to sports. She tweets about Muslim women in sports, and her tagline on the homepage of her website reads, “Out beyond ideas of Sports and Politics there’s a field. I’ll meet you there.”
Nihal Qawasmi, @nihalqawasmi
Nihal Qawasmi is an influential blogger who’s not only covering lifestyle content, but continues to engage with the Muslim women community on Twitter.
Atifete Jahjaka, @atifetejahaga
Atifete Jahaka served as the 4th president of the Republic of Kosovo, as well as the first female president for the country. She is still an active politician and engages with Kosovo politics on Twitter.
Margari Aziza, @Margari_Aziza
Margari Aziza is the co-founder of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, an educational platform about the racial justice that is taking place amongst Muslim communities. She is continually asking the hard questions and bringing up new perspectives on her Twitter for people to truly understand the racial injustice taking place within these communities.
Ammenah Gurib-Fakim, @aguribafakim
Ammenah Gurib-Fakim is currently the President of the Republic of Mauritius, as a biodiversity scientist who was the first woman to be elected President of the country. She was also the third woman to serve as Head of State.
Blair Imani, @BlairImani
Blair Imani is an Black Muslim activist and the founder for Equality for Her, a media outlet that is working to break down barriers, diversity, and inclusion for women. She is always bringing awareness to her unique role in the community, and how people should recognize the unique identities that others live by.
Zobaida Falah, @ZobaidaFalah
Zobaida Falah is an entrepreneur who founded CURE bars — an organization that donates a bar for every snack bar sold.
Dena Takruri, @Dena
Dena Takruri is a senior presenter for AJ+, an online news organization. Her Twitter is a collection of her current projects and articles.
Amani Alkhat, @xoamani
Amani Alkhat is the founder and editor-in-chief for Muslim Girl. Sick of misleading misconceptions surrounding Islam, Alkhat created this site as an outlet for Muslim women to raise their voice against those stereotypes.
Rebiya Kadeer, @iRebiyaKadeer
Rebiya Kadeer is the President of the World Uyghur Congress and a political activist that is notoriously stood up to the Chinese government for the freedom of beliefs. She is passionate about helping the Uyghur people, and shares that through her Twitter account. She was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize seven times.