About MSJ

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Muslims for Social Justice Core Principles:

1) MSJ is dedicated to social justice and human rights for all.

2) We will prioritize fighting racism, white supremacy and sexism within as well as beyond the Muslim community.

3) MSJ will work closely on anti-colonial, anti-Islamophobia, Black Liberation movements, international issues and progressive social movements. MSJ will connect global liberation movements, like Palestine Liberation Movement, with Black Liberation Movement.

4) MSJ believes that organizing people on the grassroots, rather than charity or mere electoral/legal avenues, will change the balance of power to bring the necessary progressive change.

5) MSJ will build power and change the balance of power by centering the leadership and self-determination of marginalized Muslims, and approaching our organizing through an intersectional lens.



    • MSJ was founded in North Carolina in 2013 to offer liberation theology perspective in Islam. Key founding members included Saladin Muhammad (Black Workers for Justice), Shafeah M’Balia (Black Workers for Justice) and Manzoor Cheema (human rights activists).

  • MSJ believes in a liberation movement to change the balance of power in favor of the oppressed. Since its inception, MSJ has organized within the Muslim community and forged deeper ties between members of the immigrant and African American communities.
  • Muslims for Social Justice highlighted the rise in Islamophobia in North Carolina and was quoted in the media around the world in the wake of Chapel Hill shooting that killed three Muslim students. MSJ organized a network of Triangle organizations in the wake of Chapel Hill tragedy to fight Islamophobia and racism. This network, called Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERINC.org), has nine North Carolina-based member organizations and organized multiple forums against Islamophobia and racism.
  • MSJ members have actively worked against anti-black racism and participated in Black Lives Matter actions. Members of have also participated in and spoken at Moral Monday Movement, HKonJ rallies, worker rights rallies and actions against environmental racism. MSJ founding member, Manzoor Cheema, was awarded 2014 International Human Rights Award by The Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina and featured as “Tar Heel of the Week” by The News and Observer on February 21, 2015.


4 thoughts on “About MSJ

  1. I met members of your group at the Channukah action in downtown Durham this past weekend. I am a professor in the school of education at NCSU. I am writing to see if there might be someone from your organization who would be interested in coming to work with me on two separate occasions.

    The first, would be in a Diversity and Multicultural Education course I teach to all of our pre-service elementary school teachers. Every year we spend a week specifically addressing religious diversity and Islamophobia. It would be really amazing for these students to hear directly from people in your organization.

    The second is that every month faculty from our college of education get together to discuss an issue related to diversity and equity in education. I believe it could be really powerful to have a session in which faculty could get informed about Islam and also learn about some of the local efforts to combat Islamophobia.

    If there may be someone interested in either or both of these events please let me know. I could likely find a way to pay you for your time.

    With respect and in solidarity,

    1. Hi Beth,

      Manzoor didn’t have help responding to emails until recently. If you still need assistance with your Diversity Training’s. Please give me a call or email me directly at jamesperry58@gmail.com or call me at 919-669-0807.

      Thank you,

      James Perry
      Muslims for Social Justice

  2. Hi, I am looking to volunteer in get out the vote efforts for Muslims in NC. Do you know of any organizations you could suggest?

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