by Theresa Corbin
Yesterday something awesome happened. A Launch Good campaign went live. Why does that matter? Well, it matters because this crowdfunding effort is bringing us Islamic emojis! Islamoji: “The Fun Muslim Pop Culture App With A Cause. Custom-designed emojis to express your unique self!”
The Islamoji app is the brainchild of Sakeena Rashid, Founder of Deeni Girl Media (DGM). Disheartened with the constant negative portrayals of Muslims in media, Sakeena started DGM as a way to allow Muslims to amplify their voices and share their authentic stories.
How can we express ourselves and each do our part to reclaim the Muslim narrative? The Solution: Islamoji
I have the great fortune to sit down (virtually) with Sakeena and pick her brain about the app, her passion for #stemgirls, and more:
islamwich: What inspired you to get into the emoji game and bring some Islamic flare to it?
Sakeena Rashid: Well, it kind of all started with the celebrity emoji craze about a year ago. You started seeing these famous stars coming out with their own emoji keyboards, and it made me think, if they can have one I wonder if a Muslim emoji keyboard could be created?