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"Honour": Women who kill women

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”Honour”, violence – and leaving Islam

Many, if not most, ex-Muslims experience honour-based violence and/or abuse. The official definition of ‘honour’-based violence is that it is a crime which has been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community. In the case…

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Poetry

The role of Ramadhan

Violent harangues of hunger pangs, Solemnly suppressed by invoking hands. Tired, listless, lethargic limbs, Silently cleanse the soul from sins. Somnolent, tired eyes, Stay awake to seek their prize. Dehydrated, throbbing heads, Understand the blessings of health. A gathering of…

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A dream of my mother

It was in April, 1990 when my mother was diagnosed with cancer of the gallbladder. Wouldn’t you know it? She’d have an oddball type of cancer. Mom went through chemotherapy during one of the hottest summers in one of the…

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Fasting for the first time

One pillar of Islam that my mum strictly adhered to was the difficult but humbling act of fasting.  Unfortunately, at the point that it became obligatory for me to fulfil this religious duty, the lunar Islamic calendar was displaying summer,…

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Lonely this Ramadhan

‘It is your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you’ – Rumi Loneliness can cause a deep sadness that weakens your physical and spiritual health. I first realised how…

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Opinions

Guilty or not?

I feel a great deal of frustration when people suggest because a rapist has been acquitted, then this means they are not guilty. Having worked in the sexual violence sector, I am aware of how the system works – and…

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Opinions

Defending the Aurat March

Pakistan’s Aurat March (Part 1) On International Women’s Day, Hum Aurtain (We, the Women), a collective, activism-oriented initiative organized the Aurat March in Pakistan. Activists carried placards on critical issues such as ‘honour’ killings and forced marriages. Others carried simple,…

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Opinions

Marching forwards

Without collective action women’s status will not improve – Bonnie Kreps Pakistan’s Aurat March (Part 2) Aurat March 2019 established the need for modifying the responses of ordinary Pakistanis and the strategies of women’s rights activists. I have already discussed…

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Poetry

Dear diary…

Dear diary… I’m still awake at 3 in the morning 3.42 to be precise I just can’t switch off my racing mind Because I remembered that thing I said Which may have caused offence Or not But it’s there Then…

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Poetry

I am ready to fly.

I am ready to apply my wings of hope and fear to fly. I am ready to be guided by a satiation of love towards my destination. I am ready to accept there will be rough winds that will attempt…

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Experiences

Muslim women – and men

Some people believe a woman should be covered from head to toe in order to prevent unwanted gazes or attention from men. I have several issues with this sentiment, one of them being that the full burden, blame and responsibility…

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Friends and neighbours

As a Muslim woman living in New York City, I’ve experienced alarming, commonplace animosity. I’m often blitzed with verbal attacks. I have engaged in staring contests with strangers who looked at me as if I were an insect to be…

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Opinions

The last acceptable prejudice

It is now rightly considered socially unacceptable to be racist or sexist. The kind of brash racism and sexism that some of my ancestors experienced is at an all-time low. Nobody can deny that both institutional racism and sexism do…

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Poetry

Paralysis

It enters through my feet. It stops my feet from moving. It paralyses me so I am unable to get out of bed. It begins to fill me. It fills me up to my hips. The lower back ache intensifies….

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