hi my name is fatima.

before last week’s post about the most recent incident of domestic violence in atlanta, i completely forgot to introduce myself as a new contributor to mmw.

when i found out that mmw was looking for new contributors, i jumped at the opportunity. i frequented the site often before i started writing, and some of the things that were posted on here were often topics of discussion with my sister or my friends. having been raised in a strict pakistani muslim household in suburban wisconsin was definitely an interesting experience. i’m sure this isn’t news to many of you, but suburbia isn’t exactly the most accepting place for young muslim women of color. still, being around mostly white, rich, non-muslim people was definitely a good way to build up a strong sense of self.

after moving to chicago, i embraced my identity as an angry person and activist and immersed myself in the feminist community at my undergrad. i believe that the change that our world needs is definitely not going to happen unless us “little” people make it happen and thus community organizing has a special place in my heart. now im getting my masters in social work at a pretentious school in chicago that i would rather not name because it really is THAT pretentious. i’m really interested in the issues revolving around the lives of queer muslims, survivors of violence, immigrants, women of color, and working class folks. but really, i believe that all of our experiences are connected, and that understanding this reality will be the basis of the revolution that will make this world a place that we can thrive in.

i think the people that are going to be reading this blog must be pretty freaking sweet and i would love to meet you as well. if you feel so inclined, tell me a little about yourself in the comments and maybe what kinds of things you would like to see me write about.

  • Zeynab

    Salaam and welcome, Fatima! We’re glad to have you!

  • Sakina

    Yay, I’m from suburban Wisconsin, too.

  • Melissa

    Well, I pretty much lurk, since I don’t think I have anything to contribute to the conversation here (and I’m not sure it would be appropriate, as I’m agnostic).I took Arabic for a while in college and I’m really interested in Muslim feminism, and I think this blog is an amazing resource for finding out what’s going on with women’s issues in Islamic countries as well as for finding smart perspectives.

  • I need my Sisters, where are You?

    Wow, I love this blog and I love you ladies. I thank Allah everyday for opening my eyes to all these different views. You know what they say “God created two pairs of eyes to give you perspective” or something along those lines. Perhaps we might not always agree with each other but it’s so nice to hear you ladies. Welcome Fatima, I’m also new to this blog and I need it, it’s now my daily fix. Everyday I read it and it’s undoing a lot of hurt that had built up inside of me. Discussing the many difficult issues actually feels like you (ladies) are reversing the effect. I would love to hear whatever you have to say. I mean wow, what other Muslim women blog would tackle issues such as hymenoplasty. And thank you Fatima for your voice—-It’s reaching a very, VERY, far place.

  • Anonymous

    i’m a non-muslim woman of color who avidly reads this blog. i agree with everyone that it is a breath of fresh air to read a muslin feminist perspective. i am very thankful to you, fatima, for your creative and honest writing style. i look forward to your future posts.

  • Guy

    Salam.Please don’t get the wrong idea, but it would really help if you embraced capital letters.

  • Duniya

    Welcome Fatima!Melissa: I’ll just be rude and speak for all of MMW :P and say that lurking is fine :) but always feel free to comment. You do not have to be Muslim to comment or ask questions on anything written here. Also, much of what we write about here represents Muslim women living in non-Islamic countries as well. In fact, as far as I know, most of the writers on MMW live in the West (mainly US and Canada).