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Hey Donald Trump, Here’s a List of American Muslims You Can Add to Your ‘Watchlist’

5 min read

by Nishi Fatima

On Monday, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a campaign press release that would ban all Muslims from entering the United States. (Read his statement below at the risk of feeling sick to your stomach.)

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” Trump said in a statement. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.

We are not rocket scientists, but we are smart enough to know that barring Muslims from entering the ‘Land of the Free’ is not the solution to the bigger problem at hand. But his recent statement is just one of many disgraceful suggestions he has made in the past few weeks.

Trump went on record stating that he would “certainly implement” a national database for American Muslims. Ever the ambitious political auteur, he went on to say that he would also require special IDs for American Muslims. 

Herr Trump, we are unsure of how *exactly* you plan to do this, given how ridiculously diverse and varied American Muslims are. But to give you an idea of the kind of massive undertaking this would be, we thought we would give you a head start by sharing some folks who you probably didn’t know are Muslim since it sounds like you’re looking for crazy-eyed terrorists and weepy oppressed women.

Let’s face, ‘cuz if you’re gonna do this, we might as well start with some of the biggest names in comedy, music, acting, literature, activism, and even Snapchat!

Dave Chappelle

Muslim ID: Actor, Comedian, one of the funniest men of all time

Dave Chappelle

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

 Ellen Burstyn

Muslim ID: Legendary actress who has been nominated for two academy awards, five Emmys (with two wins), is an American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and one of the very few performers to have won the Triple Crown of Acting

Ellen B

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

French Montana

Muslim ID: Rapper and entrepreneur who collaborates with the likes of P. Diddy and Rick Ross, and once dated Khloe Kardashian. 

French Montanna

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

Muslim ID: Hip-hop recording artist, actor, comedian, and activist who has been ranked as one of the top MCs of our time by multiple sources, and has been an influence for many mainstream rappers today.

Mos Def

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Shaquille O’Neal

Muslim ID: A list of basketball accolades that are as staggering as his 7’1” height, he is also a rapper with three albums under his belt and was raised by a Baptist mother and a Muslim stepfather.


[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Muslim ID: Oscar nominated, Emmy-award winning actress who kicks ass across genres and languages.

Sherard A

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Bernard Hopkins

Muslim ID: Professional boxer who has successfully defended his title upwards of 20 times and has been called one of the best middleweight titleholders of the past 50 years.

Bernard H

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

DJ Khaled

Muslim ID: Record producer, radio personality, DJ and record label executive, and more recently, motivational Snapchatter.

DJ Khlaed

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Dean Obeidallah

Muslim ID: A former lawyer turned comedian, actor, writer, and documentarian who is a former SNL staffer and has won numerous awards and accolades for co-founding the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival and co-producing the documentary “The Muslims are Coming!”

Dean O

 [Photo Source: Tumblr]

Andre Carson and Keith Ellison

Muslim IDs: A former police officer and the other a former civil rights lawyer, both of whom are proudly serving the country as United States Congressmen, for seven and eight years respectively.

[Photo Source: American Society for Muslim Advancement]

Khaled Hosseini

Muslim ID: Doctor turned New York Times best-selling author who penned three critically acclaimed and commercially successful books, including a little-known titled called,  “The Kite Runner.”


[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Dr. Robert Dickson Crane

Muslim ID: An author, academic, former adviser to President Nixon, and former Deputy Director of the United States National Security Council.

Dr R

[Photo Source: Peace from Harmony]

Dr. Jeffrey Lang

Muslim ID: Activist and academic who currently teaches Mathematics at The University of Kansas. 

Dr Jeff Lang

[Photo Source: Pinterest]

G. Willow Wilson

Muslim ID: Comic artist, prose author, essayist, and journalist who last year took the unprecedented step of creating the first-ever Muslim-American superhero for “Marvel Comics.”


[Photo Source: Pinterest]

Nishi Fatima is a blogger, traveler, Air BnB peruser, and illegal street rapper (well, mainly in her dreams) who day jobs as an Audiologist in the city of Denver, C.O. When she’s not tweeting on the current state of racism or deeply musing on the nuances of the desi diaspora via an awkward vlog, she’s probably enthralled by “Law & Order: SVU” on a treadmill somewhere. Her writing has appeared in The Austin-American Statesmen, the Associated Press, and the Dallas Morning News. Follow her thoughts and misadventures at her blog.


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