Year: 2020

Why More Women Need to acknowledge that Motherhood is not for everyone
The Issue

Why More Women Need to Acknowledge that Motherhood is Not for Everyone

While most mothers admit that having children is a lot of hard work and sacrifice, they are quick to point out that the rewards outweigh the challenges. For a number of women across the world, this is not the case.

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The Dynamics of Rape Apologism in Muslim Spaces
The Tone Up

Dismantling the Analogy of the Unwrapped Candy: On the Dynamics of Rape Apologism in Muslim Spaces

At the heart of rape-apologism is the narrative that hijab protects women from predatory men. I wish it were that simple. I wish that the countless reports about rape victims in full hijab and niqab weren’t true. I wish there were no reports of sexual abuse against old women who have lost their youth; that the narrative about infants and school-age children being raped simply didn’t exist. I wish covering up was the magic wand to stopping men from these crimes.

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Police Investigates 'Hate-Motivated' Attack in Edmonton
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Women Bear the Brunt of Islamophobia: Police Investigates ‘Hate-Motivated’ Attack in Edmonton

There has been a troubling rise in Islamophobia and racism in the city. “They’re being targeted by their identity, what they show,” Suri said. “These are hijab-wearing women whose identity is very visible, and what is happening is happening out of hate.”

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Austria Constitutional Court Overturned a Discriminatory Legislation
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Hijab Ban: Austria Constitutional Court Overturned a Discriminatory Legislation

The legislation did not specify that the ban referred to headscarves. Instead, it forbade the wearing of “religious clothing that is associated with a covering of the head”. The Austrian court thus found that this legislation was clearly aimed at Muslim headscarves, contravening the principle of equality in relation to freedom of religion, belief and conscience.”

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2 Muslim Women Talk About Their Experience with Financial Abuse
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Trapped and Controlled: 2 Muslim Women Talk About Their Experiences with Financial Abuse

He had a spreadsheet with all the family’s bank details and passwords and would enter our online accounts to check our banking activities. When eventually I could no longer tolerate living with my father. I left. He thereafter used my bank activity to trace me and followed me in the streets.

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Timeless Lessons from Rabi’a Al-Adawiyya Al-Qaysiyya
The Spotlight

Resisting Patriarchy through Spirituality: Timeless Lessons from Rabi’a Al-Adawiyya Al-Qaysiyya

Modern analysis on Rabi’a often plagues her spiritual legacy by placing her in contemporary debates of feminism. Without falling within the paradigms set out by Western feminism and the notions that string along with it, Rabi’a focused on the inward unseen immaterial rewards in her life.

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The Intricacies of Cycling for Muslim Women
The Tone Up

Helmets and Hijabs — The Intricacies of Cycling for Muslim Women

Wasn’t it both amusing and ridiculous that something as simple as a bicycle could hold that much significance when it came to the virtue of women. I finally said to myself, I’m going to buy a good bicycle someday and I’m going to start cycling.

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Visiting the Life of Nafisa Al-Tahira bint Al-Hassan
The Spotlight

Scholarship and Philanthropy: Visiting the Life of Nafisa Al-Tahira bint Al-Hassan

Her students came from faraway places, and among them was Al-Shafi’i, the man behind the Shafi’i school of Sunni fiqh. She financially sponsored his education.

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Why I Stopped Arguing with Non-Muslims
The Tone Up

On the Repression of Muslim Women: Why I Stopped Arguing With Non-Muslims

Each time a non-Muslim says Islam is oppressive to women, I choose to channel my energy inwards, to observe the referenced situation, to see the unbiased truth/untruth of the matter. I refuse to counter with the clichés that are usually employed to patronize Muslim women. I choose to call for the much-needed change within the community.

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Struggling with Porn Addiction
The Tone Up

Struggling with Porn Addiction: The Road to Recovery (Part 1)

The more addicted I got, the lonelier I became and the more I hated my body in ways I didn’t think was possible. I directed so much hurt and vitriol to my body for not looking like what I watched.

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