Muslim Hipsters taking over: welcome to the world of Mipsterz

Do you know what a Mipster is? Well if you didn’t hear about this awesome community you’re definitely missing out on something. Mipsterz is a Muslim community where “Muslim hipsters” can find a place to be themselves.

The term “Mipsterz” was first used in 2012 in a small group of friends in New York. The group drew attention with a video of women in hijabs skateboarding and doing other things young people do. The community doesn’t only allow Muslim hipsters, there are many non-Muslims who have joined the community because they really like it. Thousands of Muslims and people with other faiths have joined the online community which currently exists as a Facebook group and a group email list. But they don’t all agree on the definition of a Mipster.

To CNN, Shaikley describes a Mipster as “a young Muslim American just trying to find a space for him- or herself unapologetically… reconciling multiple identities and doing it like a rock star.”

Layla Shaikley is the video’s art director and one of the women prominently featured in the video.

We need more people like this, with this kind of ideas because it’s wonderful how people can get together and do the things they like and love in peace. As Shaikley says: “Mipsterz has created a space where young Muslims can have open discussions, share their experiences and not be ashamed of who they are.” I think I might also join this community myself!

Written by Soufyan Harraoui

Soufyan Harraoui

Soufyan Harraoui is 19 years old and interested in everything that is related to computer science. He also loves writing poetry and taking photographs.

  • Ameer

    I don’t want to judge them or something, but I am really upset of the fact that they call theirselves ‘muslims’. Wearing tight pants and having make-up is not part of the hijab. May Allah lead us all insha’Allah.

    • Dante Matta

      Sining don’t make out of the fold of islam. You can be an imperfect muslim or a bad muslim but a muslim nevertheless.

  • Paul Fishman

    What in the World is the message of Mipsters? What is their theological and personal insight and beliefs they have of Islam? Are they the new reform generation wishing to reinterperate the Quran and Hadith to become more universally accepted by the rest of the world? Are they against angry flesh and blood Jihad being done throughout the world with many acts of terrorism especially in Europe? Are Mipsters the ones that want to make peace even with Jews and Christians? Do they have the spiritual influence to change Islam from its Pagan Monotheistic roots from Madinah to be similiar to Christianity to be non-violent similar to the Anabaptists? There IS alot of explaining to do with new definitions and truths.