Chairman’s Message

Sohaib Awan
Sohaib Awan


In the Name of Allah; the Gracious, the Merciful

Dear Muslim Writers Guild of America:

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

In 1852, white Northerners invited a former slave of illegitimate birth to speak about the Fourth of July. What was expected to be a celebration of the North’s abolitionist efforts proved, instead, to be a blistering attack on hypocrisy. During his address, FrederickDouglas exclaimed:

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine” … “a gross injustice” … “your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery” …

As shocking as the address was, the reaction was even more stunning – the crowd erupted in universal applause.

What happened that day? How did a former slave mesmerize an audience he so harshly criticized?

With words, nothing more.

I invite you to employ this same method to revolutionize the perception of Islam in America.

I invite you to change the game.


Sohaib Awan
Chairman, Muslim Writers Guild of America (Majlis Ansar Sultan-ul-Qalam USA)
Department of Sadr, MKA USA (
[email protected]

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