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We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic

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We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic is a Hip-Hop dance group and they do if it fully covered in their abayas, niqabs & hiqabs while wearing shell-toe Adidas. The group was founded in 2011 by Amirah Sackett, practicing Muslim, in response to France’s ban of students wearing their hijab, which represent modesty and morality in the Islam faith, to school. Their mission to combat the stereotype that Muslim women are voiceless.

“I wanted to flip the script,“ Sackett told Bust Magazine. “I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women. Yes, there are oppressed women in the Muslim world. Women are oppressed the world over. These are our mutual struggles.”

Photo by V. Paul Virtucio Khadijah Siferllah-Griffin (from left), Amirah Sackett and Iman Siferllah-Griffin received an Outstanding Ensemble Award for "Mourning in America" at the 2013 Sage Awards for Dance.

Photo by V. Paul Virtucio
Khadijah Siferllah-Griffin (from left), Amirah Sackett and Iman Siferllah-Griffin received an Outstanding Ensemble Award for “Mourning in America” at the 2013 Sage Awards for Dance.

Amira was teacher, a Hip-Hop dancer and choreographer living in Minnesota, which has a huge Somali population, when she decided to use the beautiful art form of dance as powerful communication tool to teach religious tolerance and awareness. Amira talks about her mission along with her co-dancers, twins Iman and Khadijah, who were only 13 at the time when the video was filmed.