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Muslim of the Week

February 18, 2019

Maryum “May May” Ali

The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is pleased to name Maryum “May May” Ali as our Muslim of the Week!
Maryum Ali is a renowned public figure and inspiring speaker. Her current presentation, entitled “Let’s Talk, Let’s Listen: The Art of Communication,” teaches listeners how to improve their communication skills and social interactions overall.
Recently, Maryum lost her father When asked how she found the strength to get through this time, she told ESPNW, “My Islam kept me strong,’she reflects, ‘We remember death. We know we’re all gonna die. We respect it. And we know the spirit lives on.”
May May Ali is one of the children of legendary boxer and Muslim figure Muhammad Ali. She has been a comedian, a rapper, a social worker, a children’s book author, Parkinson’s spokesperson, and professional speaker. She has carved out a name for herself with each one of these incredible accomplishments.
Maryum Ali’s inspiration to help others and do what she does grows from a desire to improve her own communication and relationships, as well as others’. She writes, “In my early 30’s, I realized that if a few people complained about how I expressed myself, I needed to take a closer look inward to identify any communication habits that were potentially having negative effects on my relationships. Fortunately, my search for answers garnered a new self-awareness that guided me toward making improvements. The key that unlocked this door of personal growth was a true understanding of what effective communication entails.”
For her devotion to breaking down barriers of communication and dedicating her life toward helping others, Maryum “May May” Ali is our newest Muslim of the Week.