Arab Museum hosts Muslim social event

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Arab Museum hosts Muslim social event

“ILLMUSLIMS: BE SOCIAL” Makes Detroit debut at Arab American National Museum event. National organization offers platform to connect with peers and develop a sense of community through art and culture

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is teaming up with illMuslims: Be Social Detroit at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, for an evening dedicated to connecting young professionals across the metro Detroit community, accompanied with art, music, food and refreshments. The event will feature the latest works of up-and-coming local artists and retailers in the community while providing a platform to create a strong network of Muslim-run initiatives in metro Detroit.

“illMuslims Be Social events are a great way to uplift those in the arts, while showcasing an underrepresented image of young Muslim Americans,” says Jenna Hamed, AANM store manager and organizer of the event. “The event connects different communities to create a unified network in a widespread area such as metro Detroit while helping to develop a stronger unification.”

illMuslims is a social and creative platform for millennial Muslims. The collective hosts quarterly social events across the country in an effort to create a space to connect with peers and develop a sense of community. Past host cities include Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and more.

“illMuslims was founded in September 2014 after a series of conversations that centered on supporting creativity between my co-founder, Sadaf Javaid, and I,” says Rummi Khan, co-founder of illMuslims. “The term ‘ummah’ translates to community which is defined as a divergent populations interacting in a meaningful way. We didn’t feel like we had seen that in any place for our generation of Muslims in North America. We created illMuslims as an effort to bring these divergent groups together to focus on what we agree on, supporting creative output.”

The event will include music by DJ Bornswift, live musical performances, painting, artwork, vendor booths, mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails), food, photos, pop-up shop by Threads and Beams footwear and a complimentary floral arrangement by Maison Farola. Food will be provided by several metro Detroit eateries including The Bottomline, Cannoli Pastry and AlJoom’s BBQ.

Featured performers include Palestinian American musician Omar Zidan aka Omar Okz, BIG O Musiq – Ordinary Kidz, New York-based Moroccan American R&B sensation Abir, who was recently featured in a commercial for the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, as well as a special surprise performance by a metro Detroit dance group.

Other artists include print-maker and artist Zeinab Saab; her current exhibition Rituals opens at Loftworks Gallery in Cleveland on Feb. 11, 2017. Illustrator and muralist Marlo Broughton will also be on hand showcasing various artworks along with a photo exhibit by Los Angeles based-artist Ji La Zand.

All are welcome to attend the event. Tickets are $25 online in advance at and $35 at the door.

For more information about illMuslims, visit


8 p.m. March 4, 2017
Tickets: $25 (online in advance)
$35 (at the door)

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

For more information and ticket purchase, visit

Call 313.582.2266 with questions.


The Arab American National Museum (AANM) documents, preserves and presents Arab American history, culture and contributions.

AANM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums; an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution; and a founding member of the Immigration and Civil Rights Network of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

The Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48126. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday; Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for students, seniors and children 6-12; ages 5 and under and Museum Members, free.

Visit or call 313.582.2266 for further information.

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