Colours and Voices: The International Museum of Women Muslima

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After converting to Islam, I struggled with my community’s views on art, women and the combination of both. Having grown up in a society that prides itself on a variety of artistic movements, and being part of a very artistic family, I felt uncomfortable accepting my Muslim community’s idea that art is prohibited in Islam.Growing up, I was part of a children’s musical show that played music specifically for children. Being a child singer was a great part of my life from age four to eight … [Read more...]

Why I Sing

This post was written by guest contributor Yasmin N. Ali.The sounds of violin spun around an increasingly frenzied melody of sitar, tabla and the loud, confident vocals of the lead singer.  He danced and spun around his band mates, all of whom were jumping to the steady beats pouring from the drummer.  The result was electrifying.That was two years ago, at one of my first concerts.  That first wave of real, live music had hit me in the gut.  I stayed rooted in one spot and danced at the s … [Read more...]


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