sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

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Sahera Patel

Sahera Patel is a 43 year old British Muslim. She is a teacher, an author and a public speaker, promoting the positive nature of a deep faith that suffers many misconceptions.
Poetry

Unconditional Love

I want to empty my mind of myself, As all roads do not lead back to me. Build a wall of rejection around my heart, Let my ego fall to its knees.   To achieve a pure state where others…

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Poetry

The White Privilege

A cherished childhood spent cocooned in my inward-looking community, Protected me from the indoctrination of a white-privileged history. But when I stepped into a world where brown was under-represented My identity… Was molested. My speech, skin, hair and dress, seemed…

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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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Experiences

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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Poetry

Seek and you will find

I had no self-respect, So I covered my flesh So I lowered my gaze So I held my tongue So I quashed my anger. I had no purpose in life, So I rejected want for need So I shared my…

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Poetry

Our Beloved -peace be upon him

Resurrection lies in wait, For every soul there’s no escape. To meet our Maker, submit our soul, Present our case, our hearts exposed.   Our desperate pleas will resonate, Nafsee, nafsee, selfish state. Searching for a ray of light, Amidst…

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Poetry

Judge yourself

The silence wrapped itself around me, smothering senseless voice, Cocooning me in blissful calm from naked, nauseating noise.   Bitter envy clothed in praise, a blackened heart lauds acclaim. Face to face sincerity, followed by disparity, blatant contrariety.   Begrudging…

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Experiences

The Indian in the bedroom

The incessant search for a suitable spouse continued to dominate my parents’ minds. After countless months of rejected potentials, they resorted to underhand methods to entice me towards the one type of man I refused to see. Whilst I was…

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Poetry

Hunger prayers

  We see those empty bellied stares Through a screen. And we barely care. Dissociate, we separate, our emotions, abdicate. But take away our sustenance, The tempting calls of gluttonous, Taste the pangs of abstinence, To ignite the spirit of…

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Poetry

The revered female

Female Muslims, supressed they say. Thoughts and voices kept at bay. Born to breed, must take heed. Brains in chains, Master reigns. Wives and mothers, fit for purpose. Conceal their strength, limit their wealth. Faith constrains, potential wanes. Feminism jailed,…

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The two faces of Jeddah

This is an excerpt from Sahera Patel’s book Unveiling Arabia, available through Amazon. Every evening I would make my way to the balcony half an hour before the sun was about to set and absorb the beauty of the moment. …

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Poetry

I see.

Haunting mist cloaks the sky, songs of praise, eclectic bird cry, Dewdrops stake their rightful claim, on Nature’s early morning reign. I see, I feel, I love: The Creator of Creation.   Threadbare branches, anticipate, frond and fleur, lying in…

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Poetry

Brain storm

Stormy seas swim silently No decency, no apology. In every crevice of the mind The waters drown, reason.   Battle ensues, gasping for breath Waves envelop fragile air Thoughts reach out for pockets of hope Amongst the sea, destruction.  …

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