Even in the multicultural Queens, New York City, Noura Embabi greatly felt the ripple effects of anti-Muslim bigotry immediately after Sept. 11, as a 16-year-old high school student.


Although she didn't have a place to fit in, she cared about connecting people and protecting their rights.

It might be why she joined Muslimish about four years ago and quickly became its president.

Muslimish is a space for individuals just like her, who identify with their heritage but said finding a label was like pinning custard to a wall, Embabi explained to a modest audience at the center.

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