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Hijab as a saviour

The official Twitter account of Dar al-Ifta’, the formal centre issuing Islamic fatwa (religious rulings) in Egypt, has blocked two liberal women ‘tweeps’ before a hijab fatwa. These two women are Dr. Alyaa Gad and the poet Marwa Ma’moon, who…

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Hijab: Empowering or oppressive?

Aisha Ali-Khan has caused controversy by suggesting that hijabs should be banned in primary schools. In this article, she responds to some of her critics’ questions. Do you want to ban the hijab? No, absolutely not. I believe that everyone…

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Stop judging unveiled women

Many Muslim women wear headscarves as part of their religious beliefs. This is known as a hijab. They may also wear loose fitting clothing when they are in public or in the presence of men who are not part of…

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What it means to be a hijabi in America

Hijab (n) – A piece of covering worn by a Muslim woman. Hijab according to an Islamophobe (n) – A headscarf worn by a terrorist or oppressed Muslim woman. Over the last few years, Islamophobia in the US has increased…

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Hijab: OK in magazines, no go in workplaces

The controversial flap of fabric has been wrapping up the headlines for years. Yes, I’m talking about the hijab: the black/printed/turbaned thing Muslim women wear on their head to cover the voluptuous locks of hair they have (that’s right, we…

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Experiences

From covering to uncovering

I have recently gone from wearing the hijab to not wearing one. I have come to realise that this decision bears the brunt of the most merciless reactions and judgements from my own Muslim community. I started wearing the hijab…

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My first Muslim Women’s Day

March 27th 2017 marked the first #muslimwomensday, and I was geeked. The lives of Muslim women have rarely been celebrated on their own terms, so the prospect of the day being celebrated by Muslim women through trendy pages, such as…

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Nothing ’neutral’ about the hijab ban

Prompted by the case of a G4S receptionist in Belgium who was fired for wearing a headscarf after three years of employment, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled last week that ‘workplace bans on the wearing of ‘any political,…

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Experiences

Shamed out of hijab

There is nothing I believe in more than my conviction in The Almighty and Islam. I feel disgraced by my inability to declare my faith publicly, under scrutiny of prying, disdainful eyes. I am too comfortable with the usual presumption…

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Experiences

Why I removed my hijab for a day

Born in Britain to Lebanese parents with Persian and Meccan heritage, I was brought up within a very conservative and orthodox Muslim family. One could describe my family as being strict Muslim. But for me as a child, it wasn’t…

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Identity

Identity How do I see myself? How do I want others to see me? Which of these is my identity? One, both or neither? I realise every time I meet someone I want to share with them The essence of…

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