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Here, we amplify the voices of Muslim women in our communities. We give voices to Muslim women who have something exclusive about Muslim women to rant or talk about.

When the Revolutionary World was One; The Internationalism of the Black Panther Party and Algeria as the Capital of the Third World.
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When the Revolutionary World was One; The Internationalism of the Black Panther Party and Algeria as the Capital of the Third World.

For a while, the heroes of the decade were people whose mind and matter were not white, Fidel Castro in Cuba, Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt, Malcolm X in America, Ben Bella in Algeria, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, amongst many others. Suspend your politics of left and right or your views on violence and non-violence as a means for liberation for a second and consider that for a period, people tried to put the oppressed people first.

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My Family's Misogyny is the Only Reason I'm Still Single at Thirty-Two
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My Family’s Misogyny is the Only Reason I’m Staying Single at Thirty-Two

I was a different person in college. I was me. I found my voice. I found the education I needed to open my mind; the strength I needed to voice out ‘inequality’. It was some sort of training my parents didn’t anticipate. We were taught to be independent, to never depend on men, or their opinions. It’s also where I learnt that “We”, as women are so much capable, individually and collectively. Thanks to this education, I gathered the courage to be financially independent. I called off a wedding, decided to stay single and adopted a kitten when my hormones started acting up.

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Finding Peace Through Writing: Navigating Insecurity and Prejudice in Different Worlds
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Finding Peace Through Writing: Navigating Insecurity and Prejudice in Different Worlds

As a Muslim, Arab-American I have encountered different types of prejudice and racism throughout the ten years that I have lived here. The scarf that I wear on my head had caused people to give me many belittling looks, sarcastic laughs, and hurtful words, and my identity, which I have always been proud of, became a barrier standing between myself and many people in this country.

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The Psychological Toll of South-Asian Matchmaking
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“Too Bold” and “Not Feminine Enough” for a Good Pious Man: The Psychological Toll of South-Asian Matchmaking

In South Asian culture, people seem to expect that every of a girl’s life will eventually tie into her future marriage. (We’re good at structuring our lives around male privilege like that.) When I was in college, people would tell me that I needed to learn to cook – not because it’s a life skill and I would die if I didn’t learn it, but because “you’ll need to feed your husband someday!”

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I Believe Our Stories Hold Power: Why Our Voices Matter as Muslim Women
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I Believe Our Stories Hold Power: Why Our Voices Matter as Muslim Women

It had been my dream for years, to create a space where Muslim women could be seen and heard; where our pains could be felt and our shoes left empty enough for others to step in and see just how or how not it fits. I wanted to create a platform where Muslim women could be the diners at the table and not the menu on the plate; a space where we could be in charge of our narratives and take back our agency.

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The Period Shame: Dissecting the Stigma Around Menstruation in Muslim Communities
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The Period Shame: Dissecting the Stigma Around Menstruation in Muslim Communities

Since time immemorial, women have been shamed for absolutely everything about their bodies. If they’re not being objectified and hyper-sexualised, then they’re body-shamed and mocked, and even blamed for men’s fetishes and obsessions. From the distasteful jokes to the innuendos and the lust-driven songs sung about them, everything about women has been public domain.

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Redeeming Our Rights and Lives: Why the Muslim Marriage Contract Must be Better Utilised
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Redeeming Our Rights: Why the Muslim Marriage Contract Must be Better Utilised

Unfortunately, there’s still an uproar from many Muslims today when women choose to exercise this right from Allah and suggest conditions that are completely halal and acceptable. Men are able to divorce women on a whim, when angered, out of boredom, or because their wife is infertile, but women are dragged through hell and back just so they don’t die at the hands of their abuser. If a man can leave his wife because he so desperately wants children, why is a woman seen as heartless for the same thing?

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The Sexist Politics of Cooking: Who Wears the Apron in a Muslim Household?
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The Sexist Politics of Cooking: Who Wears the Apron in a Muslim Household?

Women have been made to feel and believe that they are not allowed to do anything with their lives apart from cooking. They have been made to believe that it is a religious obligation and by so doing, they have been condemned to the kitchen. This goes against the lifestyle of the Prophet (PBUH) himself who was fully active in doing household chores.

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Peepees and Virgins: The Necessity of Islamic Sex Education
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Peepees and Virgins: The Necessity of Islamic Sex Education

Hymen does not equal virginity. Contrary to the narrative that has been stressed through our lives, being a virgin means that a woman has not had sex with a man, yet. The bleed-test is not accurate for many reasons. First of all, many women don’t bleed the first time they have sex because their hymens could have torn earlier in their lives during exercise or bike accidents without them even knowing.

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TMWT Quick Read: Dismantling the Sexist Myth Around Love and Respect
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TMWT Quick Read: Dismantling the Sexist Myth Around Love and Respect

At the very root of this vague and incorrect notion that either Respect or Love should be served based on gender is sexism. Men are conditioned to suppress their human emotions, the need to be cared for, listened to -but to aspire to Hardness, violence, and toxicity.

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