How Facebook fails Muslim Women

This article was written by guest contributor Stéphanie Renée Roy (@LGD_Stephy). She blogs at Love God Diversity. For better or for worse, many of us now spend much of our time interacting online on social media. In fact, in June 2015, Facebook estimated 968 million daily users. Facebook has prided itself on reaching out to a variety of communities, including aligning itself with non-profit organisations to provide internet access in remote areas. With that said, Facebook is still very much l … [Read more...]

Women and Children First: How French Policies Impact Muslim Communities

This post is written by Guest Contributor, Sarabi N. Eventide (@SarabiNEventide). By the grace of God, I have been afforded the opportunity to study in Paris next semester. I’ve been longing to go to France since I was a little girl; I spent many a day pretending I was born in the campagne (countryside) or by the rivière (river). In high school I always made sure I completed my French homework, if nothing else. Now, in university, I force myself to get up and get dressed in time to make it to … [Read more...]

#NoAllMalePanels: Call for Action

A Call for Action from #MuslimMaleAllies to Pledge to End #AllMalePanels at Muslim Events - A Grassroots Collaborative InitiativeThis post is co-authored by Shehnaz Haqqani, Sabina Khan-Ibarra and Zahra Khan. Because of the trend of all-male panels at Muslim events - as recently publicized through Twitter conversations with the hashtags #AddFemaleSpeakers and #NextTimeRememberHer, Muslim women and their allies have initiated a drive to challenge this patriarchal norm and demand the inc … [Read more...]

Is H&M’s first Muslim model a positive move into the mainstream?

This post was written by guest contributor Shereen Malherbe (@malherbegirl).Mariah Idrissi is the first female Muslim model to feature in an H&M advertisement. The advert describes her look as ‘chic’ and Mariah definitely looks chic. Most are applauding this diverse and inclusive step from the world’s second largest retailer for representing Muslim women in the fashion world. The fashion industry is changing…or is it?Muslim women have their own views and as the global Muslim popul … [Read more...]

When Invisibility is a Superpower: Farah Nazan in Heroes Reborn

This post was written by guest contributor Heba Elsherief (@iamsheba). “Full stories are as rare as honesty.” ― Zadie Smith, White TeethWhen, in a recent episode of NBC’s Heroes Reborn, a prayer mat appears atop an expansive and pristine Arctic landscape, my pulse quickened. A woman could be seen completing the prayer, Dhuhr or Asr if one considers the brightness of the day, and because the TV medium (indeed, like many narrative forms) encourages audiences to give into the “suspensio … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence and Djinn

Trigger warning for discussion of domestic violence. The author of this piece wishes to remain anonymous. It’s difficult to write this. There are some things that are difficult to tell anyone. They seem too outlandish to be real to anyone else. There are perspective shifts involved that you know wouldn’t be possible unless someone had lived your exact life. It makes sense only in the context of your own experience. Because of that experience, you can stand looking at bruises on your … [Read more...]

There is Baraka in Receiving the Gift: On Eating Disorders and Choosing Not to Fast

Editor’s note: The writer of this piece wishes to remain anonymous.  This piece is a follow-up to one published last year, and contains discussions of disordered eating. A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about how hard Ramadan was for me last year.“You know,” she said cautiously, “the exemption from fasting for health reasons applies for emotional and mental health too.”Her observation was more of a revelation than maybe it should have been.  If someone had a … [Read more...]


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