Love Love Love

Love is such an elusive thing, there seems to be an art to it, some of us get it and others well, we just don’t. If you’re in search of the one or if you have already found them it’s important to realise that you are in control and true love is not such an elusive thing

A New Year a New You

7 top tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions! What would it be like to be able to create a new you? On any day of your choosing, at any point in time you can choose again who you want to be. You can make resolutions, change your habits or simply rewrite …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Mindful Ramadan

There is a misconception that mindfulness is about deep breathing and focusing on the breath alone, such that one remains detached and distracted from their inner thoughts and the external world around them. This is false, and, in fact, disregards the very core of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is about relaxing the mind from over-stimulation; it’s …

Finding the spirit of Ramadan

Ramadan brings to mind an array of sights in the mind’s eye – eager faces turned up to the sky as they wait to witness the beauty of a slight crescent moon which signals the start of a month filled with peace, serenity and forgiveness; laden iftaar tables just waiting to be set upon by …

Benefits of Fasting

Shiza Khan is back with the second part of her Ramadan preparation series. In part 2 she details the benefits of fasting, so just in case you’re finding the fasts difficult, this is a timely reminder!  May is already here, and we’re just a few days into oRamadan!  And today, I want to discuss The …