In light of #WorldMentalHealthDay, Afroza discusses the stigma associated with mental health in our communities and what must be done to help those suffering in silence. (Please note, the article does contain some reference to ideas that may be sensitive to some readers). Being brought up in a strict Muslim and South Asian household, conversations … Continue reading Dear Muslims, Let’s Talk About Mental Health.
When it comes to questions of identity, we are often at war with ourselves when it comes to defining who we are. In this piece, Madeehah talks about her experience of Hajj and how this not only transformed her outlook on her own identity, but how as Muslims we must ask 'The Right Question'. There … Continue reading The Right Question | A Reflection On Hajj.
From being represented as individuals who are hidden away from the public eye to being associated with terrorism, many argue that the representation of Muslim women within popular culture and history tends to miss the mark. In this article, we examine and analyse the traditional stereotypes that are often associated with Muslim women in the … Continue reading Why Are Muslim Women So Invisible?
From the oldest university in the world being founded by a Muslim woman, Fatima Al-Fihri in 9th Century Fes, to Queen Amina of Zaria, who in 16th century Subsaharan Africa built the Zaria wall, and was famous for her military strategy and engineering skills, Muslim women throughout history have made significant contributions to education and … Continue reading From the 9th-21st Century, Muslim Women: Pioneers Of Knowledge.
This piece was originally written for The Muslimah Diaries on anti-blackness and the hypocrisy in the Muslim community. 'An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor does a black have any superiority over a white except by … Continue reading Admit it, anti-blackness is a huge problem in Muslim communities
We are pleased to feature the work of a young poet known by the name of Athia. Based in the UK and a British born Pakistani, her poem is based on the taboo surrounding rape and sexual assault in the South Asian culture women face and how cultural values have come to shape and shun … Continue reading Silenced.
August 1947 - A month that not only saw to the division, murder and separation of thousands of people, but the creation of two new nation states in the region. 70 years on, I discuss my experience and understanding of Partition as an Indian-Pakistani British Asian and how an event that happened so long before … Continue reading 70 Years On – Partition & Its Effects.