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No country for dissenters

On April 13th, Mashal Khan, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan was publicly lynched for blasphemy allegations. Mashal and his friend Abdullah were accused of promoting blasphemy online. Both…

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Experiences

The anguish of sandals

Right, I want to wear sandals today. Wait, hold on, I had this thought… oh gosh… let me research it. What! Why are there so many different views? Who is right? Hold on, let me reword it and see maybe…

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Experiences

Living between two worlds

A Muslim, yet not. Growing up, my faith always wavered. I never stayed true to being the conventional Muslim my Mother wanted me to be. She always had to force me to pray, always had to police my clothes, always…

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Opinions

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

On blood and shame

Where I come from, menstruation remains a topic too awkward or embarrassing to discuss in public or even in private. A topic that like the female body itself remains shrouded in secrecy. And stigma. And shame. So much stigma surrounds…

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Experiences

Why I rejected religion

My parents were never that religious. I remember my father criticizing the Saudis, who naturally many Muslims gravitate towards, since most of Islam’s holiest sites happen to be located in that vicinity. Some Pakistanis even like the Saudi version of…

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Experiences

Niqab: Veiled under darkness

Niqab. A common enough sight on the streets. We’ve all seen the familiar sight of a woman swathed in black robes, only her eyes visible. The small, gaping slit, through which she sees the world. Judgements are made automatically. To…

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Videos

Love and Equality

This poem was trigged by difficult and enlightening conversations about gender equality and laws I’ve been having recently with Muslims young and old. And the challenges in trying to reconcile as to how some people who believe in a merciful,…

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