Who’s Da Man?!

A while ago, a poem by Asma Elbadawi titled ‘Boys will be boys’ was doing the rounds on Facebook. Her spoken word poem was about masculinity. In it, Asma mentioned that a man’s pride is attached to his toughness and lack of emotional expression. She called men to break the cycle and be brave enough […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Jebena

  Do you remember when I told you about Rosemary’s Parisian Cat? I thought I would share with you the faith story that I used to tell when I took part in 3FF’s school programme. This is a good point in the year to reflect on my story. On my beginnings in the UK over […]

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I want to be invisible

I felt her anguish, pain and confusion. I couldn’t tell her off for uttering those words. Neither could I bring myself to present her with those old images that attempt to exemplify the status of women in Islam. As a Muslim woman she felt that she was under the spotlight, all the time. Whatever she […]

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The Hijab

I was once asked: “Why do you wear the hijab? Why do you let men dictate what you wear?”. For those who do not know me personally, when I am outside my home I wear a headscarf and a loose overdress on top of my clothing. I believe this lady was referring to my headscarf […]

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