So when are we going to talk about the normalisation of Islamophobia in British politics?

So when are we going to talk about the normalisation of Islamophobia in British politics?

In response to #PunishAMuslimDay, Aleesha addresses the rising prominence of Islamophobia in traditional political parties, despite the rising awareness for this growing phenomenon. As she explains, there is a growing apathy that must be addressed, with politicians 'getting away' with blatant Islamophobic comments. As a young British Muslim woman involved in politics, I’ve seen the [...]

Yemeni Or American? The Hybrid Identity Complex.

Yemeni Or American? The Hybrid Identity Complex.

A renowned professor of English literature at Harvard university coined the phrase “Less than one and double” when, speaking of hybridity and multiculturalism in his book, “Location of Culture”. When I discovered his work I didn’t know this theory would become so relatable and fascinating to my experience as a Yemeni-American Muslim. 1999 “We're going [...]

Sabr – Have We Forgotten Its Importance?

Sabr – Have We Forgotten Its Importance?

In this article, Chaimaa addresses the concept of Sabr and how, as Muslims, we should work to implement this within our lives. By providing an explanation of what 'sabr' means, she continues with a beautiful reminder of how we should remain hopeful during moments of despair. “Whoever persists in being patient, God will make him [...]

Rape in Pakistan – Let’s talk about it.

Rape in Pakistan – Let’s talk about it.

(Please note, this article contains reference to sensitive topics) Zainab Ansari’s death sparked fury across the Punjab region after she was raped, strangled and dumped on a trash heap in Kasur, Pakistan earlier this month. Hundreds of people took to the streets to demand justice and triggered overwhelming outrage across the globe. However, Zainab’s case [...]

Forgive & Forget – Is it possible?

Forgive & Forget – Is it possible?

In this piece, Assia discusses the experience of colonialism in Algeria and its impact on the young generation of French-Algerians whilst asking an important question - can we forgive and forget about colonialism? We are taught history, in the hope that the future generations will not repeat past mistakes yet simultaneously we are also taught [...]

‘The Other’ – Representations of Muslims in Bollywood.

‘The Other’ – Representations of Muslims in Bollywood.

Through her analysis of Bollywood films and her own experiences, Haleema discusses the role of Bollywood in identity politics and its role in shaping the Muslim identity within the region, including its growing significance under the governance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 'Bollywood as an industry is politicised - Hollywood is the same'. I remember [...]

Interracial Marriages: Between Ignorance & #Couple Goals

Interracial Marriages: Between Ignorance & #Couple Goals

In this article, Zahraa addresses the idea of marriage and how to tackle the many issues associated with this process within the Muslim community. This article was originally written for The Muslimah Diaries. Marriage. As humans, it’s a word we’ve either come to love or despise. From hearing about failed relationships to individuals who have [...]

Dear Muslims, Let’s Talk About Mental Health.

Dear Muslims, Let’s Talk About Mental Health.

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 [...]

Why Are Muslim Women So Invisible?

Why Are Muslim Women So Invisible?

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 [...]

From the 9th-21st Century, Muslim Women: Pioneers Of Knowledge.

From the 9th-21st Century, Muslim Women: Pioneers Of Knowledge.

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 [...]

Admit it, anti-blackness is a huge problem in Muslim communities

Admit it, anti-blackness is a huge problem in Muslim communities

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 [...]

Silenced.

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 [...]

The Muslim Identity – Why more must be done to help young Muslims.

The Muslim Identity – Why more must be done to help young Muslims.

In a society where Muslims are constantly placed under the lens, examined, picked apart and policed for their views, it can be argued that the chances of young Muslims developing and suffering from mental disorders is increasing. From anxiety to depression, the mental and physical health of the Muslim community is deteriorating, with there being [...]