‘Muslim in New York’ – a #BHeard Town Hall

Farzanna Mohamed was, by her own account, “a very social young girl” when the Twin Towers came down. Overnight, her life changed. Other kids who she thought were her friends shunned her, some would throw things at her, kick her and spit on her; she was beat up at lunch and the school nurse merely shrugged it off. For Farzanna, the anti-Muslim sentiment that surged in the wake of 9/11 had an indelible effect on her over the next decade, throwing her into a depression.

Her parents told her to sanitize her Muslim identity, but instead, she said, she turned to religion for comfort – Islam sustained her and “kept me alive,” she said.

In advance of the Oct. 11 #BHeard Town Hall event “Muslim in New York: A Community Comes Together,” BRIC TV released a video profiling Farzanna. Watch and hear about her journey, and the work she is doing now, and how it is inspiring her to help others, including fellow Muslims.

BRIC TV’s Brian Vines will moderate the panel. The following are scheduled to be panelists: Mehdi Hasan, columnist at The Intercept; Debbie Almontaser, president of Muslim Community Network; Imam Khalid Latif, chaplain of the Islamic Center at NYU; Naz Ahmad, attorney at CUNY Law School’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) Project; Amna Nawaz, ABC News digital anchor and host of ABC Radio’s “Uncomfortable” podcast; Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror” and Zaheer Ali, oral historian/director, Muslims in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Intercept, CUNY CLEAR and The Secret Life of Muslims are co-sponsors of the Oct. 11 Town Hall, which runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the BRIC House Ballroom in Brooklyn.

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