#PrayforParis, Muslim Women and Third World Violence


Upon learning about the Paris attacks and the #PrayforParis hashtag that emerged, I felt many things – but I was not shocked. Violence does not shock me. As a woman of colour and as an immigrant, it is part of my surroundings.I have become desensitized to violence. If you are like me and grew up in a Third World country that has experienced violence during your lifetime, chances are you understand.Growing up in Latin America in the 90’s in 2000’s I witnessed hundreds of missing and murde … [Read more...]

Sisterhood from Struggle


“Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly” - Ali Ibn Abu Talib (RA)Only from darkness can we see light. Only from struggle do we understand the roots of solidarity. These days in Toronto, these expressions could not be more true.After the horrific series of terrorist acts in Beirut, Baghdad, Ankara and Paris it can not seem to be anything but dark. Even gloomier for Muslims around the world who have been … [Read more...]

Hate Crimes and Mother Tongues


This post was written by Guest contributor Seema Shafei (@seemashafei).I’ll never forget the time a classmate turned to me and said that we couldn’t elect Obama because his middle name was Hussein. You never know, she told me. He could be just like Saddam. If a name could elicit this much fear, a language could start a war.Language is a weapon as much as it is a comfort. It can connect ideas of home to a community, keeping culture alive. Speaking a language marked as ‘other’ can unite peo … [Read more...]

Interview with Comedian Eman El Husseini


Guest contributor Stéphanie Renée Roy (@LGD_Stephy) interviews Eman El Husseini.  It was 2 years ago that I first saw Eman El Husseini’s stand-up comedy. I was then a fairly new convert and Eman impressed me when she spoke so honestly about Canadian experience as a Palestinian Muslim.She began professional comedy in 2006 because she loved making people laugh - but her journey hasn’t all been about laughter.El Husseini has spoken openly of the racism she has witnessed, especia … [Read more...]

Bangladeshi Women, Media and the “Helpers of Allah”


This post is written by guest contributor, Sarabi N. Eventide (@SarabiNEventide)Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), the extremist group in Bangladesh responsible for the deaths of numerous secular and liberal bloggers, is once again attempting to dictate what is and is not acceptable in Bengali media. In its most recent move, the group issued a threat to media companies employing women and insisted that the female employees are in violation of Islamic law, especially the unveiled models in adve … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Loubna Abidar. Source.

Emma Watson met with Malala Yousafzai in an interview posted online this week. I will let you draw your own conclusions (more sources here and here).Speaking of Malala, U.S. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio named her as someone he would like to have a beer with. The Republican Party, always with its fingers on the pulse!An interesting article about “Lithuania’s Forgotten Muslim Heroes” in the Baltic Times.The Wall Street Journal has an article about barriers to voting in this week’ … [Read more...]

Why British MP’s statements defending Muslim women do more harm than good


This post was written by guest contributor Shereen Malherbe (@malherbegirl).Headline grabbing assertions made by British MP Baroness Cox regarding Muslim men having up to 20 children each have been condemned by the Muslim community. In search of the representation of women in the UK media, it didn’t take me long to come across the Telegraph article where the “20 children” claim appears among a number of other statements about egregious violations of women’s rights by Muslim men under Sharia l … [Read more...]