In 2015 Amanda Saab lit up screens all over the world on MasterChef, she was the first hijab wearing American Muslim contestant on a major reality TV show. Hate tweets and painfully racist Facebook messages started to outweigh the positive messages she was receiving. It was an incredibly painful time for Amanda and her husband Hussein.
In a stroke of great bravery Amanda decided that she needed to counteract the ignorance and loathing that has overcome the U.S., and with an open heart the couple began to invite strangers into their home.
Amanda cooked a beautiful meal and allowed non-Muslims to ask her and Hussein any and all questions about Islam. After the first few dinners the couple met Michael Hebb, who has been convening topic based dinners for the past two decades and together they decided it was time to share this concept on a national stage.
This is the very beginning, we are fast at work building an in-depth website that will launch in the fall of 2017. It will include a robust toolkit so that Muslims across the US can host their own dinners.
Amanda is a social worker and passionate home cook. Amanda wanted to combat Islamophobia in her community and began hosting dinners for neighbors and strangers alike to enjoy a wholesome meal, ask questions about Islam and what it is like to be a practicing Muslim in American today, in a safe judge-free environment.
Hussein is the proud husband and biggest supporter behind all of Amanda's efforts and endeavors from MasterChef to Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor. Hussein works as a Business Management Professional and enjoys teaching / mentoring students, hiking, tinkering, and eating lots of donuts.
Michael is the founder of #deathoverdinner #drugsoverdinner, #earthtodinner and seder.today. He is a Teaching Fellow at UW Graduate School of Communications and a Board Advisor of the Friedman School at Tufts.