Share A Meal
Take A Journey
Share A Meal
Take A Journey
In an atmosphere of increasing hate and intolerance, we must become a greater and proactive force for compassion and understanding. The Eat with Muslims (EWM) project is a grass-roots movement to help aggressively counter misperceptions of Muslims. We live in an age where neighbors don’t get to know one another anymore, making it easy for preconceived notions to thrive. We are committed to building bridges between people of different cultures and faiths, bringing them together over delicious food and fostering dialogue. This project is designed to give the American Muslim community the chance to reach out and take charge of their narrative. We believe that eating together and sharing our stories is what will strengthen and enrich our country and our values.
Unity is Strength, Division is Weakness-Swahili Proverb
Muslims are one of the most hospitable, culturally diverse, and unique groups of people in the world, yet they face many challenges because people are afraid or stereotype them. Here in America, we rarely get a glimpse of what Muslims truly care about and what their stories look like. We are seen as different and mysterious. Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stated “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
EWM wants to work to change the “only story” that is told about Muslims and showcase our beautiful diversity. This will be done through dinners, plays, photographs and videos.We are hoping to attract a diverse audience to our project but most of all, Eat With Muslims will give Muslim Americans the chance to tell their own stories and reach out to their fellow Americans. We hope this can turn into a movement that allows people to come together, think critically, and have courageous conversations.
Fathia Absie is a Somali American writer and filmmaker. She is a former Voice of America broadcaster. Ms. Absie was a social worker before she decided to pursue a life-long dream of storytelling.
Ms. Absie's first film is Broken Dreams, a documentary that explores the collective outcry against the recruitment of the Somali youth in Minnesota by religious fanatics. The case brought unwanted attention from the U.S. government to the Somali community in Minnesota and around the country. Following the disappearances of the young Somali men, the FBI launched the largest US counterterrorism investigation since the 9/11 tragedy.
Her second film is a narrative called The Lobby, a story about friendship and cultural differences. In 2014, Absie also published the graphic novel The Imperceptible Peacemaker, through the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. An allegory on vigilante justice, its superhero protagonist and a tech billionaire creates a suit that gives him the ability to become an invisible force for good, fighting tyranny and injustice around the world. Ms. Absie also worked with Twin Cities PBS where she hosted countless programs and the documentary, Giving Thanks!
Ilays Aden is also a Somali American who has lived in Washington D.C. and Seattle. She attended University of Washington, where she studied Economics and African Studies, and American University for law school. She has been an advocate for immigrants and asylum seekers from all different backgrounds. She wants to continue her fight for social justice and equality.