Islamophobia in the Conservative Party: A Politics of Double Standards

The Brexit debate and the Labour anti-Semitism row have fueled polarizing headlines on the back of accusations of racism, xenophobia and fragmented party loyalties. At a time when the UK public is already uncertain about the future, multiple MPs announced their exit from Labour to create a new bipartisan group, citing an environment of anti-Jewish …

We Need To Stop Being Mean Girls.

“She got that promotion? Ugh, how did she get it with the amount of slap on her face? “ “She’s going back to Uni? Surely she’s a bit past it now.” “She should not be wearing those shorts, sorry but her legs just are not made for ripped denim.” “She’s going out with HIM? She’s …

Hijab Shaming: A Favourite New Hobby For The Haram Police

Image credit: Dina Tokio YouTube Oh, to be a Muslim woman in 2019. When it comes to the world of online social media hijabis, a new phenomenon is sweeping the digital sphere: Hijab Shaming by the online squad, referred to as the ‘social media mullahs.’ In the current post 9/11 political narrative, the Muslim community …

What’s going on in France? A 7-point myth busting guide to the Yellow-Vest protests

As the Yellow-Vest protests rage on in France, Brussels and Amsterdam, Toulouse based Human Rights expert Rim-Sarah Alouane, provides some much needed myth-busting about the protests and insights into what it’s like in France at the moment.  I am here, in Toulouse, France, witnessing first hand the Yellow-Vests protests and I have been hearing some …

Burning of Grenfell Tower effigy reveals why Islamophobia is everyone’s problem

The video of a group of people burning an effigy of the Grenfell Tower and its occupants on bonfire night went viral in November. It was condemned widely with many rightly expressing outrage. I was furious. I was so angry I couldn’t even begin to put into words how appalled and outraged I was.  The …

Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday, I stood alongside my friend Julie and at one point looked up into the blue-sky and sighed. I sighed noticing the lack of diversity and the failure to recognize the contributions of our armed forces by my community that included 1.5 million Muslims contributing to the Allied cause in WW1. It had …

Deluded Defenders of God II

When news of Asia Bibi’s aquittal disseminated across the world, there was largely a sense of relief. Some rejoiced, others wondered if the Naya (new) Pakistan Imran Khan had promised was finally coming to fruition. However few were reluctant in celebrating this monumental victory against Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws, it seemed too good to be …

Roundtable on Islamophobia and Hate Crime during National Hate Crime Awareness Week

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 took place from 13th – 20th October 2018. Organised by It marks an annual week of action, with the aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those  lost, and support those who need ongoing support. Local authorities (Police and Councils) are encouraged to …

The Brett Kavanaugh case shows why women must be believed and not blamed

Today (27 September 2018), around the world, women will be calling for action in support of survivors like Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who have been silenced. Women’s March movements across the globe will hold a minutes silence in solidarity with Dr Ford, wear black and white, and write “I BELIEVE” on their hands to highlight …

A review of Emilia at The Globe

I don’t suppose I was unique in having only heard of Emilia Lanier in passing. Although it is a little embarrassing for me, an English literature graduate and a feminist activist not to be familiar with the work of one of the first English women to be published as a poet. In my defense, by …

Wonder Women: Halal Dinning Club Founder, Siddika Jaffer

At SSWH we are keen to promote upcoming everyday women who are following through their passions and dreams by doing great things, in a particular area of their lives – work, life, campaigning, business or the creative sector. These women are making a difference, changing lives, and their actions are like ripples in a pond, …

Even Superheroes Are Mums First.

I am watching the film The Incredibles II with my kids and more kids and more other kids, yes it is the summer holidays and credit to my sister-in-law who was able to organise and orchestrate the entire trip to the cinema, sorting all the snacks, seating, and tickets, for which I am eternally grateful. …

Eid Festival 2018, at Westfield London, W12

Nothing brings together Muslims like shopping and food especially if the food is halal. This was my experience when I recently visited Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush to visit their Eid festival. There was every kind of Muslim, every race colour background age. From the cradle to the very very old. There were prams and pushchairs …

An honour for women, Muslims, minorities and immigrants

Last month I received a letter notifying me that I had been nominated for an Honours. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and had to ask hubby dearest to double check that I had indeed been nominated for an MBE, as part of the Queen’s Birthday …