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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bol: South Asian survivors of sexual abuse speak up

When South Asian communities discuss sexual violence it is more often than not discussed behind closed doors in hushed voices. I have often taken part in these conversations, as the overwhelming fear of someone hearing you is enough to make you feel like you have committed a major sin. The sin in this instance is …

What Transformation Do We See When Hearts Meet In Crisis?

We are extremeley fortunate to platform a three part series focussing 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 …

Islamic feminism – what’s it all about? Here’s seven reasons why Muslim women are demanding faith-based change

Islamic feminism is a term that for some may seem like an oxymoron. Isn’t feminism a secular movement? Aren’t feminists often fighting religious orthodoxy? Well the truth is that feminism is about women’s choice, women’s empowerment and women’s equality – for women of all faiths and none.  For women like myself who identity with a …

Women in the Refugee Crisis series – Why do women turn up to volunteer?

We are extremeley fortunate to platform a three part series focussing 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 …

Book review: ‘Let Me Tell You This’ by Nadine Aisha Jassat

You know when you come across a poetry collection so good, you just want to go out and buy a copy for all your friends whether it is their birthday or not? Well, this is it! ‘Let Me Tell You This’ by Nadine Aisha Jassat is just so compelling, I kept on going back and …

Book review: ‘What if it were you?’ by Elizabeth Arif-Fear

 The title of Elizabeth Arif-Fear’s excellent collection of poems, ‘What if it were you?’ is a reminder, if we need one, of the fragility of many women’s lives. Hopes and dreams may be shaped by the political landscape and the country we are born into. Often our belief in God is what helps to define …

Muslim & Jewish Women are going above and beyond to ‘be the change we want to see in the world’

The power of going beyond our limited thinking to ‘be the change we want to see in the world’.Mehatma Gandhi At this time of uncertainty it’s easy to take our fearful thinking seriously and not question it. We can either retreat into ourselves and/or become more fearful of others.  We may not realise it but …