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Inspirations

Samira Bellil 1972-2004

‘Lots of girls, whom I knew at the time, and who, like me, had their childhoods wrecked by a rape and its aftermath  ̶  bad reps, total rejection and abandonment  ̶  “turned bad.”’ – Samira Bellil. Samira Bellil was a…

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Poetry

The prophets are leaving

Can you hear them? The prophets are leaving. They have had enough. The mountains no longer go to them, no sea is churned, while the sky hides its moon and the stars are too blurry to read. The earth lays…

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Interviews

Far From Home

British actress Zoha Rahman has landed a part in Marvel’s summer blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far from Home making her the first hijabi character to feature in the Marvel Comic universe. In this exclusive interview we spoke to Zoha about her groundbreaking role and the importance of representation.  Congratulations on being cast…

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Poetry

naivety

i will not ask for love until i am handed some. i ask for your love, vulnerable and raw. will you rip your chest apart to show me which demons lie beneath it? remember, the cascading waterfall i took you…

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Experiences

I swear I’ve tried

Slit my throat yourself before forcing me to marry a man. It’ll hurt everyone less. I am gay. And I am so sorry. Please. …but it is what it is. And can’t change that… Even if I wanted to. Believe…

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Opinions

Should you have kids?

I am pretty sure plenty of us have heard the line, ‘We fed you, clothed you and housed you’ from our parents throughout our lives. They feel this entitles them to make every decision about our lives and our futures….

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Poetry

Halfway to Suhur

Halfway to suhur the night opens its iwan a resonating chamber as glorious to me as the throat of a frog is to a frog who only differs from the choir of mysterious harmonising night creatures outside by the scale…

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Experiences

Presenting my religion

Currently, I’m preparing for a presentation next week in class. It is about my religion, Islam. In my country, taking a course in religion is mandatory in college and this semester I will take that course along with students who…

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Opinions

Tolerating intolerance

Some British Muslim parents have opposed the teaching of the ‘No Outsiders’ programme in primary schools, which is intended to teach pupils about diversity and equality. For weeks, they rallied outside the school gates – until they were banned. These…

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Reviews

Football and freedom

Review: Freedom Fields Naziha Arebi’s debut film ‘Freedom Fields’ is an intimate, five-year exploration of the lives of the women of Libya’s national football team. Brought up in the UK with a Libyan father, Arebi travelled to Tripoli for the…

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Reviews

Maha Zimmo’s “Rose Water Syrup”

Kenza Saadi reviews Maha Zimmo’s debut poetry collection “rose-water syrup” released on June 1st. The scents of roses, of rose water, of pomegranate, of bread baking in the clay oven, and of salt in the air by the sea mix…

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Poetry

Ramadan corners

Corners folded, curved, stuffed With minced meat, potatoes, peas Spices galore Platters upon platters, overflowed  To again feed the empty pangs of Ramadan Another year tendered sustenance, With memories yet to fill Each dish embraced as savoury favourites; Samosas, pakoras,…

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Experiences

More than prayers

As Ramadan begins, the Muslim ummah attempts to focus on our Islamic duties, reflect on our religion and strengthen our intentions to practice our deen with a renewed passion and purpose. Personally, Ramadan gives me a distinctive boost of confidence…

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Inspirations

Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah (1921- 2000)

I had written strongly because a grave injustice had been perpetuated … All I could do was pray that my magazine would survive the ban. – Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah Journalist, poet, novelist and political commentator, Zeb-un-Nissa Hamiduallah was one of the…

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Poetry

The dinnertime glassware

I am angry. The fury of life is enraging me. I have six glasses in my kitchen cupboard. Deliberately the thickest glassware you can buy in hope that the children don’t smash them every dinner time. I want to take…

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