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. …

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 …

Muslim Women: Enslaved or Empowered?

Women in Islam, often synonymous to the Asian concept of ‘purdah’, have been unveiled, ironically, by nearly every media house and spokesperson. Even laymen, with little to zero knowledge of Islam, claim with confidence that only a specialist would have, that Islam oppresses its women. In the vexations that surround topics such as these, Muslims …

Ofsted, hijabs and the hypocrisy of British values.

  Apparently, many faith schools do not adhere to British values, states Ofsted in their annual report and little girls wearing hijab are rejecting British values and on the top rung of the ladder down to violent extremism with nebulous references to sexualisation.  Acres of space both in print and on line will be given …

1400 years on is Islam anti-Feminist?

Have you also had your muslim uncles and aunts ask you why you don’t wear a hijab ? Has it made you want to punch them ? Has it made you want to scream out loud and wish eternal sufferage on them ? Yeah, welcome to this post where we can collectively rage about this …

The Irony of Oppression

According to Google, the definition of oppression is the prolonged, cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority. And according to UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, the burqa is a symbol of oppression and is the latest headline act (so to speak) of the party’s attempt to gain favour. Politicians have used Muslim women as targets for …

Muslim Women’s Voices: A Muslim Woman Researcher’s Perspective

Personally whilst growing up (and still today) I could very rarely identify with the Muslim women that were always being spoken about in the media and by politicians. Perhaps, this is reflective of my somewhat privileged position, but the Muslim women that I knew were motivated and strong both in their careers and in the …

Bravo France

Last night I forced myself to look at this image. Over and over again. It was uncomfortable, sickening and terrifying. But as I sat up in bed, in the dark, with Imaan asleep next to me, I forced myself to stare at it. I had scrolled past the image earlier in the day. I was …

The Betrayal

I was betrayed as a child. Betrayed by those I trusted most. They were all in on the betrayal, but it was for my own good. It was to protect me. Or was it to suppress me? Either way, the betrayal was based on assumptions. Assumptions that I would be tempted by the evils of …

The Joys of Shopping as a Hijabi

My trip to Zara without the kids in tow! Zara seem to have nailed it! I walked around the Brent Cross branch and wanted to buy everything ! This is incredibly unusual for me- generally I hate shopping. I find it awkward and cumbersome. I hate using the mirrors because I don’t see myself in …

A Review of ‘The Diary of a Hounslow Girl’ by Ambreen Razia

This is a review of the ‘The Diary of a Hounslow Girl’ a play by Ambreen Razia, shown at the Ovalhouse on the 6th of May. Ambreen Razia had the audience spellbound by her electric performance. From start to finish I could not avert my eyes or raise my glass to take a sip of …

The Darker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice

by Hafsa Guled @QUESADILLABABY The first time I hated my skin color was in the ninth grade and it was just after biology class. We were in the brightly lit hallway, goofing off when we saw two of the upperclassmen leaving the bathroom while adjusting their make-up. The louder one, Mariam, whom I both admired and …

For Almost 30 Years I Wore A Headscarf

For almost 30 years I wore a headscarf. For almost 30 years I believed it was an integral part of my faith and I would be disobeying god by not wearing it. For almost 30 years I believed that if I didn’t wear one, I would be constantly harassed and pursed by men – my …

It’s Because You’re Ugly

Setting the scene. It’s breakfast. We all silently munch away. Silence is broken. “Did you know that another girl has taken her hijab off” The Females pipe up. Sighs Tuts “And from such a respectable family” More sighs More tuts I stuff another piece of toast in my mouth. Best keep quiet. The Misogynist of …

All Women Who Cover Their Heads Are Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain. There you go – crystal clear. If I had written it, nobody would have believed me. Nobody could see her skill. Nobody can see past the fact that she wears a headscarf. Muslims and non-Muslims alike. If this isn’t the proof then nothing is. When you wear a headscarf – nobody can see …