Where do we stand with Rape on Our Screens?

by Sabrina Mahmood (Trigger warning: this article contains references to rape, which may be distressing for some)   Have you ever seen ‘The Last House on The Left’? It’s classified as a horror film, and being a well-known name in the horror world, I decided to watch it. When I read the info on the …

The Smiling Sister; Paintings of Hijab

by Roszeen Afsar “The hijab is much more than the external solid scarf, but it is worn as an internal spiritual means of faith, these collections depict that so well.”   – Nargis Akhter  The above quote is the feedback I received from a friend after I showed her the piece I’d painted of her [above] …

My Faith Inspires Me To Express Myself Freely And Peacefully

by Sabrina Mahmood It’s safe to say that there are times when we all feel like we need to say something but for whatever reason, we hold back and let the moment pass. When you add being a Muslim and woman into the equation it sometimes seems like an impossible feat to be heard. That …

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Lessons learnt: why don’t more women feel welcome in the mosque?

“Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions who has been created by the Almighty God to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. God created woman as symbol of His own beauty and to give solace to her partner and her family.” ― Hazrat Ali ibn Abu-Talib A.S Last month, Islamic centres around …

‘How Not To Wear A Hijab’

by Nabila Pathan Amongst the plethora of Islamic chain messages I receive on a weekly basis, I can always guarantee, without fail, one or two “how not to wear Hijab” forwards. Don’t be amazed by my talents of predicting a pending message. Be dismayed at the whirlpool of intolerance that we are contributing to. There …