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Muslims of America: The Brilliant Photo Series Champions The Diversity Of Muslims In America

Do we need to tell you one more time how we love to hype up all things Muslim as well as Muslims who are doing great and creative and wonderful work?

Probably not, so let’s just jump to it. Muslims of America is a portrait project by Carlos Khalil Guzman, a photographer from New York.

Tired of media depictions of Muslims in America (and beyond), not to mention the very real and damaging effect this can have on them, Carlos decided to reposition the narrative through his lens.

As he says on his website:

“We are your neighbours, co-workers and classmates. We come in all shapes and colours. We are teachers, artists, athletes, doctors, librarians, and every other profession you can think of. But more importantly we are human beings; we have dreams and aspirations and we are as much ‘American’ (for lack of a better word) as every other person living here.”

The project features portraits of Muslims of all ages and backgrounds. Each portrait is accompanied by the subject’s favourite hadith or verse from the Qu’ran, along with a short quote explaining their relationship with Islam.

Throughout the series there is a particular focus on women – strong, successful women; both with and without hijabs – which was intentional.

Speaking to CNN, Carlos said: “Muslim women are the most affected victims of Islamophobic attacks, both verbal and physical, because a large number of them wear the hijab which makes them easy targets.”

We love this project. There are few things more dangerous in this world than a closed mind, so anything designed to broaden horizons is a very good thing.

Check out some of the images below, and view the whole series over on Carlos’ website.

Salma – College Student – Connecticut From my series "Muslims of America" – A project dedicated to capturing the diversity of the Muslim community in the United States and bringing to light the beauty and truthfulness of Islam while countering islamophobia. Check out my site www.carloskhalilguzman.com to read Salma's story. Wanna be the next face and tell your story DM me @salmallamaa ✌?️ • • • #portrait_pros #makeportraits #pursuitofportraits #portrait_star #what_i_saw_in_nyc #streetdreamsmag #vsco #beautifulfaces #internationalwomensday #huffpostgram #portrait #portraitmode #awesomeearth #priime #portraitphotography #way2ill #agameoftones #artofvisuals #featureshoot #sunset_vision #portrait_mood #weeklyfeature #exploretocreate #westcoast #MuslimsofAmerica #islam #muslim #oneummah

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Faria – Education Consultant – New York From my series "Muslims of America" – A project dedicated to capturing the diversity of the Muslim community in the United States and bringing to light the beauty and truthfulness of Islam while countering islamophobia. Check out my site www.carloskhalilguzman.com to read Faria's and her family's story. Wanna be the next face and tell your story DM me @faith_no_doubt ✌?️ • • • #igersofnyc #makeportraits #pursuitofportraits #superhubs #what_i_saw_in_nyc #streetdreamsmag #vsco #beautifulfaces #vsco #huffpostgram #portrait #portraitmode #awesomeearth #priime #travel #way2ill #agameoftones #artofvisuals #featureshoot #sunset_vision #lifeofadventure #weeklyfeature #exploretocreate #westcoast #MuslimsofAmerica #islam #muslim #oneummah

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Nida – Freelance Photographer/Activist – Texas From my series "Muslims of America" – A project dedicated to capturing the diversity of the Muslim community in the United States and bringing to light the beauty and truthfulness of Islam while countering islamophobia. Check out my site www.carloskhalilguzman.com to read Nida's story. Wanna be the next face and tell your story DM me ✌?️ • • • #igersofnyc #makeportraits #pursuitofportraits #superhubs #what_i_saw_in_nyc #streetdreamsmag #vsco #beautifulfaces #vsco #huffpostgram #portrait #roamtheplanet #awesomeearth #priime #travel #way2ill #agameoftones #artofvisuals #featureshoot #sunset_vision #lifeofadventure #weeklyfeature #exploretocreate #westcoast #MuslimsofAmerica #islam #muslim #oneummah

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Mariam – College Student – Mississippi From my series "Muslims of America" – A project dedicated to capturing the diversity of the Muslim community in the United States and bringing to light the beauty and truthfulness of Islam while countering islamophobia. Check out my site www.carloskhalilguzman.com to read Mariam's story. Wanna be the next face and tell your story DM me ✌?️ • • • #igersofnyc #makeportraits #pursuitofportraits #superhubs #what_i_saw_in_nyc #streetdreamsmag #vsco #beautifulfaces #vsco #huffpostgram #portrait #portraitmode #awesomeearth #priime #travel #way2ill #agameoftones #artofvisuals #featureshoot #sunset_vision #lifeofadventure #weeklyfeature #exploretocreate #westcoast #MuslimsofAmerica #islam #muslim #oneummah

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Shadi – College Student – Boston From my series "Muslims of America" – A project dedicated to capturing the diversity of the Muslim community in the United States and bringing to light the beauty and truthfulness of Islam while countering islamophobia. Check out my site www.carloskhalilguzman.com to read his story. Wanna get involved DM me ✌?️ • • • #longexpoelite #mysdphoto #vscoism #splendid_earth #landscapes #epic_captures #vsco #wonderful_places #discover_earth #streetdreamsmag #fantastic_earth #beautifuldestinations #roamtheplanet #wildernessculture #sandiego_ca #aov #awesomeearth #traveldeeper #westcoast_exposures #wildbayarea #artofvisuals #sunset_vision #exploretocreate #westcoast #wildcalifornia #way2ill #naturelovers #islam #muslim #oneummah

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