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 […]Read More Who’s Da Man?!
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 […]Read More Wake Up and Smell the Jebena
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 […]Read More I want to be invisible
The ‘after’ pictures may show them wearing their old clothes to show how much smaller that person has become or maybe how much bigger they were. Either way, it is definitely used to show the magnitude of their achievement.Read More Another Cost of Losing Weight
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 […]Read More The Hijab
How many times have you said to yourself “She/he will never marry me”, “I am too old to lose weight”, “I will never get that job”, “I always mess things up”, “I will never be able to memorise the Qur’an or speak Arabic”, “I feel powerless”, “Life is unfair” – the list is endless.Read More WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK? Mute Your Inner Chatterbox! (2 of 2)