Embracing Women, Inspiring Daughters

Swinging in the Drakensberg.

This post is part of a series of nightly reflections, and was originally written on June 30. Tonight, my reflection is dedicated to all my sisters reading this, as Surah Al Imran was recited in thousands of masaajid around the world and it is a chapter of birth and of life …of Maryam (as/peace be upon her), of Isa (as), of Yahya (as) and of a new community of believers, in the deserts of Arabia, enraptured by the words of Allah. The story of Umm Maryam (the mother of Maryam) is a … [Read more...]

Muslim Mummies Dot Com: Interview with Muslim Mommy Blogger Fouzia

Image via muslimmummies.com.

While mommy blogging is rampant in the blogosphere, Muslim mommy bloggers are rare but on the rise. Being a new mother and a Muslim, I had unique queries about taking care of an infant, like when can I start praying on the floor after a C-section, or whether a baby’s poo or pee cancels out one’s wodhu. While on the lookout to check if there are any specific Muslim mommy blogs, I chanced upon the website Muslim Mummy. I contacted the author of the blog ,Fouzia, to discuss baby, blogging and … [Read more...]

Challenging Stereotypes: Part II

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This post was originally published at wood turtle. Finally, here’s the fourth post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women. It was an absolute joy to speak to these phenomenal women and it was so exciting to pick their brains. If I had the power, I would have invited everyone for a massive party. As I’ve pointed out throughout this series, these blogs and social media personalities are resource-mining and community-building. They are story telling with authentic voices … [Read more...]

Challenging Stereotypes: Part I

Much different from a bag of garbage, this Afghani girl attends a skateboarding school where 40% of its students are female.

This post was originally published at wood turtle. This is the third post in my ongoing series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women. There are amazing media makers in the Muslim blogosphere and this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the fabulous people out there challenging stereotypes. In fact, I’ve had to split this post into two in order to include everyone. Stay tuned for Part II. If you have a favourite example that’s not represented here, please share it in the … [Read more...]

Mothering in an Age of Gendered Islamophobia

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This post was originally published at wood turtle. This is the second post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women. While some media argue that (identifiable) Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men, I also recognize that Muslim men and non-Muslim men are also recipients of racial and anti-Muslim violence. This post looks specifically at Gendered Islamophobia as targeted toward mothers and their families. --- Before she was even … [Read more...]

The Limits on the Professional Muslimah

I grew up with a mother always insisting that I be an educated, professional woman. Her reasons were many, including that being a professional would help me retain a certain amount of flexibility and independence should crap hit the fan of life. I share the experience, not because it’s the exception, but because it’s common to the lives of many Muslimahs. I’ve lamented to friends that female Muslim physicians don’t have the space to talk about issues that are specific to us as women, … [Read more...]

Ramadan Recap 2013

Eid Mubarak!  I hope that all of our readers celebrating had a wonderful holiday. MMW's Ramadan series this year featured 23 posts, written by MMW writers and guest contributors writing from 12 different countries, on issues of food, community, family, solitude, epiphanies, and struggles.  Click here to go back through any of the posts you may have missed. Of course, we weren't the only ones writing about our Ramadan experiences.  Here are a few other posts that captured our attention … [Read more...]


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