M. Hasna M.

M. Hasna Maznavi is a Sri Lankan-American Muslim woman artist, community organizer, educator, and proud California girl — born in Long Beach, raised in Cerritos, educated in Berkeley and LA, and now surfs in Huntington Beach. Hasna works as a Comedy Writer/Director/Performer committed to creating peace and understanding across communities by portraying Islam, Muslims, and all underrepresented people in an authentic light. Hasna serves as Founder & President of The Women’s Mosque of America — the first women-led Muslim house of worship in the United States — established in 2014. Hasna holds her MFA in Film & TV Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and her BAs in Art and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley. She enjoys painting, long-distance running on the beach, dancing bachata, and spending quality time with her cats Nina & Tina.

Artist Work

"We Can Do It!" (2004)
I painted this piece in 2004 in response to the French government’s ban on Muslim women’s headscarves in public schools and institutions -- which led to further subjugation of France's Muslim community. It says "We Can Do It!" in French to encourage French Muslims to stand up to Colonialism.

"Untitled Mural" (2022)
This mural was a commissioned art piece for a new business in 2022 and took 3 days to complete.

"Allah On My Tongue" (2018)
This painting reads “Allah” in Arabic or “The God” in English. “Allah” is the way Muslims refer to the Creator of the Universe.

Stand-Up Comedy (2009)
This is Hasna's first stand-up comedy performance -- at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA.

Link to Stand-Up Comedy