Multi-hyphenate, multi-dimensional, multi talented, multi-award winning.

Mona defies easy definition;
An Artist: Concerts, poetry performances, music production, music video director, art director
An Educator: Public Speaker, guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, TV show Host, spiritual director, chaplain, author
An Activist: Ask A Muslim”

Hosts of the new PBS show, “The Great Muslim American Road Trip,” Mona and her husband, Sebastian take a cross country journey on Route 66 exploring the rich, historical, modern and complex history of Islam and Muslims in America.

Billboard critics named Mona Haydar’s debut song, Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab) one of 2017’s top protest songs and then later named it one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time. Mona is a multidisciplinary artist, rapper and culture creator. Growing up in Flint, Michigan as a Syrian, American, Mona developed her sound which is deeply rooted in her intersectional identity and sensibilities.

Her work has been featured and displayed at:
The De Young Museum – San Francisco
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – The Netherlands
The Baltimore Museum of Art – Maryland

Mona Haydar is a rapper, poet, activist and tireless God-enthusiast. She practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. In addition to playing concerts and gigs, she continues to perform her poetry, offers workshops and leads retreats as well as gives lectures and teaches workshops all over the world.

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Mona grew up in Flint, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a BA in English. She then traveled to Damascus, Syria where she studied at Jami’ Abun-Noor.  Upon returning from Damascus she moved to the mountains of Northern New Mexico where she lived off grid at the Lama Foundation for two years continuing her personal studies of contemplation, meditation and ecology. Mona completed her Masters in Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2018, studying with the luminary founder of Black Liberation Theology, Rev. Dr. James Cone.

Family life:

Emigrating to the United States from Damascus Syria in 1971, Mona’s family moved from Chicago to Detroit and finally settled in Flint, Michigan and have lived there since the 70’s. Mona happened to be born in Saudi Arabia and is the seventh of eight children. In 2012, Mona married Sebastian and they have 2 children.  After leaving New York City upon the completion of her masters degree, they moved to Marrakech, Morocco. In 2019, the family moved back to The United States settling in Northern New Mexico. They live a quiet simple life of gardening, composting and home-schooling and most recently, bee keeping.

Poetry, Music and other work:

Mona began writing poetry in her earliest journals. At six years old, Mona wrote:

“I am mood.
I am dude.
I am cool
I am mona.”

Mona transitioned from writing and performing her poetry to rapping in 2015. Her single “Hijabi” was a ground breaking debut with millions of views which featured Mona, 8 months pregnant, surrounded by an intersectional group of dynamic women as Mona sang “all around the world love women every shade” calling out racism, colorism and tribalism, proclaiming her pride and personal freedom the song continues, “So even if you hate it, I still wrap my hijab.” Mona’s second single, Dog took on violence against women with lyrics which call out men in positions of religious authority who use their power to harm.

Her EP, Barbarican was met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2018. The lead single, Lifted is a visual glory telling the story of what it is to lose and then find yourself. The song was written at a time when Mona was suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her second child. The EP was named after the emerging identity of people waking up to the colonial inversion of realities where “savagery” and “barbarism” are actually  badges of honor in light of the history  of the evil inhumanity of “western” civilization.

Mona works as a chaplain and spiritual director and has had many people come to Islam through her love, care and spiritual direction. She is an advocate for simple living, sustainability and walking gently upon grandmother Earth while speaking and working towards Peace internally and externally.

She has been featured in Billboard, Marie Claire, Glamour, PAPER, NYLON, Vogue, ELLE, and on PBS, The BBC, CNN, BuzzFeed, AJ+, PRI, NPR, Mic, Psychology Today, Refinery 29, Milk, The Huffington Post, Ms Magazine, Fusion/Splinter and many others.

In 2022 Mona and Sebastian hosted the PBS series, “The Great Muslim American Road Trip.”

In 2018 Mona appeared in Marcus Samuelsson’s PBS series, “No Passport Required.”

In 2017 Mona and Sebastian were featured in the Emmy nominated series: “The Secret Life of Muslims.”

In 2016 Mona was featured in a campaign by Microsoft called #SpreadHarmony which featured people working towards a more beautiful world, which was covered by the New York Times.

In 2015, Mona and Sebastian were surprised to go viral for their Ask A Muslim project:
Mona and her husband, Sebastian set up a stand in Cambridge, Massachusetts with signs that read ‘Talk to a Muslim’ ‘free coffee and donuts’ ‘free conversation’ and ‘Ask a Muslim’ encouraging open and loving dialogue which garnered the attention of NPR, People Magazine, Al Jazeera, AJ+, The Boston Globe among other media outlets.