Interfaith

RAY Festival: Celebrating the Feminine Wisdom of our Sisters

In the Autumn of 2008, I heard the opening verses of the Quran known as the fatiha which literally means “the opening” being recited by a woman in a retreat setting, her voice angelic, her figure and appearance Marian. The beauty of her voice, her appearance and her embodiment of love, captured my heart in …

Anti-Muslim Hatred

More than Scarf Deep

“If I were you, I’d cut ties with all friendships and start over.” A friend advised me when I broke it to her that I was going to take off my headscarf. It was scandalous and shameful in her eyes. And that was the last time I saw of her, she never contacted me since. …

Editorial

From one Muslim to another- we need to do more about anti-Black Racism

As the video of George Floyd’s murder began to surface on my social media feeds, I started thinking to myself – how was this allowed to happen? How far has the dehuminisation of the black community reached, for a Police Officer to treat a Black man in such an inhumane manner despite knowing that he …

Mental Health

Law of Attraction

Ever wondered why it’s so easy to get stuck in a negative rut? Or why when one good thing happens another follows? Often, we attract like for like and the law of attraction explains why. It’s a term that gets batted around in general conversation and yet many people don’t know very much about it …

Interfaith

Women of faith must be seen and heard

Ramadan in lockdown has been interesting and it has created new and exciting opportunities for learning, for connecting, for developing.  I have connected with the Qur’an and its teachings in different ways to how I have before.  As I get older and as I learn more, I have an interest in looking beyond the common …

Anti-Muslim Hatred

How can the British Army engage with UK Muslims?

Photo credit: Hifsa Haroon Iqbal This week, Akeela Ahmed, (Founder of SheSpeaksWeHear and chair of the UK government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group) arranged for a group of 20 Muslim women to visit Pirbright Army Training Centre. This incredible opportunity proved to be a real eye-opener in terms of forming a better understanding of the Armed …

Politics

On VE Day why should British Muslims join the British Army?

When I found out I’d be visiting the Army Training Centre Pirbright, along with the Chair of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Akeela Ahmed MBE, I was slightly apprehensive. Visions of scary looking English men in army gear holding rifles filled my mind and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However after spending time …

Anti-Muslim Hatred Politics

Can Brexit save us from Europe’s far-right?

As the Prime minister intends to press his Brexit bill through Commons in three days it finally seems like we’re getting ‘Brexit done’, imminently or in the next seven years, can the 2019 general election that is being called a landslide victory for the Tories, bring us together? Never in my living memory has the …

Editorial

7 Top tips to no-nonsense New Year job searching

1. Understand what your values are A former British diplomat to Iraq for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office once said that in any career, there are three things we can dream of having: A high salary Flexible working A job that is meaningful and/or interesting to you There’s a catch though. He claimed that in …

Mental Health Motherhood

Giving up our independence: living life with vulnerability yet strength.

Have you decided that if you want the job done you had better do it yourself? Does this leave you feeling like you’re trying to juggle life by yourself? Do you only feel connected when you read slogans telling you ‘you can make it on your own’? Are you strong and independent and secretly disconnected …

Editorial

Interview with Activist and Chaplain, Zahrah Awaleh

To commemorate Black History Month we have interviewed activist and Hospital Chaplain Zahrah Awaleh. You can vote for your favourite Black Briton here and learn about others. For BHM events across the country you can go to https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk Thank you so much for taking part in this interview as part of Black History Month. First …

Gender based violence Relationships

The BBC’s “Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade” doc Reveals Some Ugly Truths

 “Those who are silent when others are oppressed are guilty of oppression themselves.” IMAM HUSSAIN (AS) Last week, the BBC released a documentary called “Undercover with the Clerics – Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade”. The documentary highlighted that some clerics in Iraq are selling young girls for mutah, or temporary marriage, or as the documentary refers …

Editorial

Women As Problem Solvers In The Refugee Crisis

We are extremely fortunate to platform a three part series focusing on ‘Women in the Refugee Crisis’ by Tazeen Ahmad the founder of  Humanity’s Heart , an organisation that was born following a volunteering trip by a small group of people to Calais (The Jungle) in June 2016. Travelling through Calais, Lebanon and Greece, Humanity’s Heart witnesses and …

Editorial

Interview with Hanan Issa Welsh-Iraqi poet and writer.

I was excited and honoured to be able to interview Hanan Issa an upcoming and talented poet and writer, from Wales, as I had seen her stellar performance in the Hijabi Monologues. We have been following her for a while on Instagram and I just knew we had to interview her once she announced the …

Books

Book review: The Celox and The Clot — The debut collection of poems by Hafsah Aneela Bashir.

“Aneela’s words are fierce, raw and compelling and urge us to find our voice within and use it to for the voiceless. “ The Celox and the Clot  presents a myriad of emotions and tremors  with words, crafted into a living tapestry of truths, experiences and political injustice which have affected us all in some …