Presenter: Naijla Faizi
A southerner to her core, Naijla grew up in North Carolina where she often carried the burden of being the only Muslim her friends and local community had ever met. At Wake Forest University, Naijla and the Muslim community were confronted with a variety of challenges including an Islamophobic hate campaign against their Muslim Chaplain. In their struggle to look beyond the overwhelming pressure of constantly exonerating their deepest sense of self from accusations of violence, savagery, and oppression, Naijla was inspired by a simple Quranic teaching, “Let not the hatred of a people swerve you away from justice.” Naijla shares personal narratives about navigating the complexities of her lived experience as a Muslim in the South and at Wake Forest.
Naijla Faizi is the Director of Muslim Life Programming at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
This resource is particularly helpful for persons interested in interfaith dialogue, faith formation, and social justice.