Soumaya Ettouji is Helping Divorced Muslim Women Reclaim Themselves

Soumaya Ettouji is Helping Divorced Muslim Women Reclaim Themselves

Muslim women are starting to understand that working on themselves emotionally is the first step to finding a suitable spouse. That culture does not always respect what our beautiful religion has taught us, that it’s okay to stand up for your rights when that happens, that it’s more important to invest in things like pre-marital counselling than in an extravagant wedding.

“It’s Always Scary to Put Your Voice Out There”: Hanifa Abdul Hameed on Art and Activism

I think artists should create what they feel passionate about. Sometimes I don’t feel like creating artwork around activism – sometimes I just want to draw a pretty picture. People reach out to me about creating artwork around other topics – that don’t quite relate to the experiences I’ve gone through or seen.

Niya Abdullah's New Documentary Series Unveils the Secret Love Lives of Muslim Couples

Niya Abdullahi’s New Documentary Series Unveils the Secret Love Lives of Muslim Couples

These couples all have such a wealth of knowledge and advice to share, I appreciated the opportunity to document their journey through life amidst the turbulence and the smooth sails. I really appreciated each of their candidness and brevity, it’s not easy to share the challenges in one relationship.

Collective and Isolated: The Realities of Muslim Women’s Activism

What makes it more difficult is that the attitudes of Muslim men and lots of Muslim women always run contrary to the egalitarian values of Islam that you have told non-Muslims about. So it feels like we’re just making things up to protect this religion and make it look good. This is in addition to being sidelined by close friends and family for believing that you, as a Muslim woman, have God-given rights. People constantly try to ostracise you, telling others to avoid you if they want to keep the faith. Being an activist feels really lonely.”

Muslims Can't be Racist?: Dr Maryyum Mehmood Tells Us It's Time to Look Within

Muslims Can’t be Racist?: Dr Maryyum Mehmood Tells Us It’s Time to Look Within

As the conversation about racism once again takes centre stage amongst Muslims on social media, acknowledging the existence of these issues rather than sweeping them under the carpet is the first step to tackling them. Imams, scholars and leaders of Muslim communities must be willing to be held accountable by showing a commitment to working through this beyond paying lip service, turning the tables around, playing the blame game and glossing over the pain of actual victims of racism.