The End of an Era

In August 2007, I started Muslimah Media Watch as a place to complain about the way Muslim women appeared in the media. In the four years since, MMW has expanded into a worldwide network of smart, engaging Muslimah writers. We’ve transformed the blogosphere and the classroom with our critical look at media and Muslim women, and I’m incredibly proud at the work that my MMW sisters and I have done.

But after four years, I realize that I no longer have anything to give to that which I gave birth to four years ago. MMW is in need of revitalization and rebirth, but cannot move forward with me at the helm. And, in the same vein, I cannot move on to other projects if MMW is my main focus.

Thus, I am announcing that I am stepping down at Editor-in-Chief. It is with much sadness, but also with anticipation for what is to come for both MMW and myself: Krista Riley, our Associate Editor, will take on my role as Boss Lady here.

MMW will be on a brief hiatus until November 1, 2011. There are a lot of exciting changes in the works, and when MMW returns, I hope our loyal friends and readers will be right here with us. Your encouragement and support has kept both MMW and myself going these last four years.

I wish all our writers, readers, friends, and supporters a very warm goodbye. Thank you for your hard work, for everything you have taught me, and for standing by MMW.

All my love,


  • Chally

    This is a wonderful site and thank you for starting it. I’m sure Krista will do a great job.

  • Shadow Boxer

    I’ve been reading for about 18 months, and it’s been an incredible experience. This blog has made me more aware of worldwide issues and how they affect my little community here at home. So I had to de-lurk to say THANK YOU for this blog, THANK YOU for taking the time to put this out there, GOOD LUCK in your future endeavors, and HELLO NEW BOSS LADY to Krista!

  • Thorn

    Thanks for all your work here, Fatemah. You’ve been great!

  • Jihad Punk

    We will miss you

  • Shazia

    Fatemeh, you are an amazing woman, an amazing writer, and a true inspiration. MMW is awesome and I know it will prosper, as it has been nurtured and cultivated by someone like you. I am sad to see you go. May you achieve greatness in everything you pursue, Inshallah!

  • Ayah

    You’ll be greatly missed. You’ve inspired many of us. Thank you for an informative four years and may Allah grant you success and contentment in your new endeavors.

  • Aaminah

    Thank you for all you have done and given us Fatemah. Of course I wish you the best with all of your projects and will keep up with what else you are up to. :)

    And congratulations Krista! I know you will do a fine job and take MMW into the future. I look forward to seeing it.

  • Nanna

    It’s the end of the world as we know it!
    But Obama once beleived in change and some of us still do – up and beyond – Fatemeh for world leader! (And until then – hail Krista!)

  • Mandy

    Thank you for four excellent years, Fatemeh!

  • Sally

    Thank you for your service Fatemeh! I have loved MM, and welcome Krista!

  • SakuraPassion

    Goodbye Fatemeh. *hugs* I wish you well on your future endeavors. I’ll miss your writing, but it seems like you’re moving on to bigger things.

    Thank you for calling out the media outlets who rely on the same “poor oppressed Muslim woman stereotype.”

  • Shereen

    Thank you for all you hard work Fatemah. I’ve been following MMW for the past year or so and have impressed with the depth and breadth of coverage and analysis. I can’t imagine this was always easy! Krista has a hard act to follow, but I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes MMW in the future.

  • Asifa

    Fatemeh, congratulations on having started such a powerful, engaging, insightful forum in the 1st place! Such an amazing accomplishment! MMW will continue to play it’s important role & so will you! Looking fwd to your next trail-blazing project/s! Continue to be blessed, InshaAllah!

  • Yasmin

    Thank you sister Fatemeh for all of your hard work and Inshallah you will be rewarded for all of the effort you put into this amazing blog!I look forward to seeing what this blog has to offer in the future!

  • Lisa

    Thank you for the excellent work you have done, and for investing your energy into something that has educated so many people. Best wishes on your future endeavors!

  • Faith

    Salaamu ‘Alaikum Fatemeh! I’m so sorry to see you go! May Allah give you much success in all of your future endeavors. May Allah bless you for your work not only on this site but in promoting more justice in the ummah!

    Thank you so much for giving me the chance to contribute to this site!

    Love your sister in the deen,

  • S

    I am incredibly touched by this post and you will be very missed. I’m sure Krista will make us all proud and love MMW just as much as we did with you holding the reigns!

  • Dina

    wow… kudos for knowing when it is time to move on, and to let go! i definitely am sad to hear you are leaving since i love mmw just the way it is. however i am sure i will love its future takes too. congratulations for everything you’ve done, and the best of luck to you in the future, fatemeh!

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  • Elizabeth

    This makes me sad, but also excited in a way. I can’t wait to see what projects you’ll come up with next, Fatemeh!

  • sL

    Fatemeh, you will be missed and all the best with your future ventures. Krista, can’t wait to see where you take MMW. You both do us proud!

  • Muslimah1234

    Thank you soooooo much Fatemah. MMW has literally given me the courage, and the foundational knowledge to critique and analyze what I read/heard in the media and in my women studies classes regarding muslim women.

    Words can’t describe how empowered I feel each and everytime….I click ‘friday listings…lol’

    Fatemah may God continue to guide and reward you for all you’ve done!!!

    Can’t wait for Nove 1st


    Assalamu alaikum Fatemeh,

    You did a wonderful job with this website and you’ll be surely missed. I pray all your future projects are as successful and memorable as
    this one. I also pray Krista well in taking over MMW. She’s a great choice for someone taking over MMW. Please do keep us updated on the latest projects you’re undertaking. Take care Fi Amanillah.

  • Verónica


    Thanks so much for this site. I came across MMW by chance this summer while researching for a paper and I´ve been following it since. Krista will sure make a great job, I cannot wait either for November the 1st.

    Good luck with your future projects, and please keep us posted!

  • Krista

    I just wanted to say thank you to all of those who have commented here. It’s wonderful to hear from so many people who love MMW. Thank you especially to those who have expressed faith in my leadership of it. It really means a lot.

    I’m looking forward to continuing with the amazing work that Fatemeh started, and I hope to see you all reading and commenting again once we’re back up and running in November!

  • Tammi L Coles

    I stumbled upon this site more than a year ago, and have been lurking as a reader, occasionally tweeting this article or that. I have been really impressed with what I have read, but can certainly understand the toll it takes on those at the helm to keep this going. All the best to you Fatemeh on the next leg of your journey. I look forward to continuing with MMW under Krista.

  • Rochelle

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, Fatemeh! I know you and I have had our differences in perspective, which have come out on MMW over the years, but I am so thankful for this blog and all the words you have given us. I’m very sorry to see you go, but I am excited to see what you do next – iA it will be even more amazing.

  • Emily Heroy

    I love reading your site and am deeply sad to see you go as well, but understand that things must move on. Good luck with everything in the future, and thank you for all you’ve done with Muslim women in the media. I look forward to the new changes at MMW.