Salma, Karima and Laila met at Dublin airport when their flights were delayed because of the weather conditions. They lived in different European cities and were travelling to visit family, attend weddings and explore. What they had in common and got them into a heated discussion was their strong opinions about volunteering. Giving up some […]Read More Volunteering … More Than A Label
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