The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is pleased to name Fatmah Williams as our Muslim of the Week! Fatmah’s current venture is known as Knafeh Queens. She seeks to build bridges between people with her food. She takes opportunities to expose non-Muslims, who may discriminate toward Muslims, to her culture. Through these instances, she is able to open the minds of people and remove hurtful biases. The Knafeh Queens motto is “serving royal happiness and unity with every bite.” One of the strongest lessons she carries is that “if you want to see a difference in the world, you have to be proactive.” Fatmah uses her gift of cooking and socializing to play an active role in improving the lives of the people around her.
Fatmah was born in Florida and raised in Missouri. She grew up dealing with racism and discrimination in her neighborhood. In the early 2000s, her family moved out to Southern California. Experiences with unfair treatment and racism did not make her cynical. Instead, it emboldened her to help others and support positive change. She is inspired to serve by her family, friends, and faith. As she puts it, “my main thing, in essence, is to spread happiness anywhere and everywhere and to treat people with utmost kindness.” For striving to improve her community and the lives of others, we name Fatmah Williams as our newest Muslim of the Week.