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...]

Ramadan Repost: When Fasting Is Not For God

Editor's note: When we first published this post during Ramadan last year, we received a huge number of responses from people telling us how much the themes of the post resonated with them.  We are planning to publish a follow-up post from the same writer later this month, but for now we wanted to share this post again, as a reminder to those struggling with similar issues that you are not alone, even when this issue does not often get discussed publicly. The writer of this post wishes to … [Read more...]

Drastic Plastic: emel Focuses on Women and Body Image

Very seldom does Muslim media produce quality critical analysis of issues facing Muslim women. But emel magazine published a series of articles doing just that to tie in with International Women's Day, They are, thankfully, not the run-of-the-mill articles about "why hijab" or "how to be the perfect (insert womanly role here)" that a lot of Muslim media is awash with these days.This issue of emel focuses on body image, and in the introduction, Sarah Joseph, a revert to Islam, discusses her … [Read more...]

The Astonishing Case of the Shrinking Muslim Woman

It's become common belief that Muslim women, particularly those wear the hijab, are liberated from the media-driven standards of beauty that values the thin and the willowy. But it's a belief that couches on the idea that head-coverings and modest clothes provide little incentive for showing off a great looking body in public. In other words, Muslim women are supposed to live blissfully unaffected by media and social pressures that both distorts our body image and damages our self-esteem. So … [Read more...]


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