In the Halls of the Hospital: My Decision Not to Fast this Ramadan

I’m a resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and, on July 2nd, I started my first shift as a doctor. It was a 26-hour shift that included a night jam-packed with running between sick patients while thumbing through my textbook to make sure I didn’t miss an important investigation or treatment. As a resident, the amount of time I spend in the hospital is rarely under my control. The week is often long, occasionally upwards of 80 hours. My training program sure knows how to thr … [Read more...]

Pride Parades, Hijabs and Muslim Lesbians

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Last Saturday, the city where I live in Western Canada held its annual Pride Parade.This year and against all odds, the first member of my mosque participated in the parade. Sister Sarah (a pseudonym) decided to participate in the parade after years of struggling with reconciling her faith with her sexuality. She decided “to try to blend in” with the rest of the men and women dressed in colourful outfits by wearing a bright yellow hijab tied at the back instead of the front because, desp … [Read more...]

A Clash of Principles: Examining the Niqab in Canadian Courts

This post was written by guest contributor Maria Salman.In 1992, a young woman gathers the courage to pen a deeply personal journal entry for a teacher. She finally breaks the silence over an earth-shattering secret that she is the survivor of childhood sexual abuse committed against her by two male family members. Fast forward ten years, the police lays charges, and the trial begins, but when the young woman is called upon to testify, she is startled to find an unexpected barrier before her … [Read more...]

Visibility: On Muslim Women in Performance Arts

Sarah Musa performing. [Source].

This post was written by guest contributor Rana Nazzal.I had the honour of speaking with three local Ottawa artists about their identity as Muslim women in relation to performance arts.A few years ago, I noticed a dramatic increase in the presence of Muslim women on stages in Ottawa, particularly in the fields of spoken word and slam poetry. I found their presence both welcoming and encouraging in a scene that may have otherwise been uncomfortable for myself and other Muslim … [Read more...]

Talked into Complacency: A Muslim Woman Responds to Trudeau’s Message at RIS

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“Let me begin with a story. A story from your history. One that I hope will stay in your minds as you think about our common future.”These are words taken from a speech recently delivered by Justin Trudeau, a well-known Canadian politician, to the thousands of Muslims in attendance at the most recent Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention. I was not in attendance at the conference, but after reading Trudeau’s speech, which he published on the Huffington Post, I was enraged by his audacity in … [Read more...]

Slim Peace: Bringing Muslim and Jewish Women Together

Yael Luttwak via Jewish Ledger

After gaining a few pounds during the holidays, I became convinced that I had to either join a gym or look for an exercise group within my area. It was then that I came across an interesting article that did not only draw my attention, but also troubled me a little.A few days ago the Boston Herald published Jill Radsken’s piece titled “Jewish, Muslim women work together to achieve Slim Peace.” The article discusses Yael Luttwak’s project:  Slim Peace. Luttwak, who has been interviewed for her … [Read more...]

Stories of South Asian Women in Heartbeats: The Izzat Project

Cover of Heartbeats: The Izzat Project. Artwork by Somya Singh.

At Muslimah Media Watch, many of our posts are critical of the way Muslim women are portrayed in various films, literature, and news articles—Muslim women (and other racialised women) are not given the space and time to share their personal stories of struggle and triumph on their own terms. Women’s stories are often mired with assumptions that women’s cultural and religious backgrounds condone the ill treatment they receive from their communities, that their personal experiences of abuse are com … [Read more...]


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