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Life is Life

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Today I read the story of Aitizaz Hasan, the hero who sacrificed himself by attempting to stop a suicide bomber outside his school. You can read the story here http://tribune.com.pk/story/656766/saving-lives-a-teenagers-sacrifice-for-hundreds-of-mothers/  It was undeniably an act of courage, bravery and sheer compassion. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but recall the attempted suicide  I witnessed early this week, allow me to narrate it to you so I can articulate my thoughts. On Wednesday afternoon, I was walking home from nursery with my daughter and nephew. We hadn’t walked for long before I noticed a woman across the road behaving strangely,...

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Ms Marvel- The Muslim Woman

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Ms Marvel- The Muslim Woman

A Muslim superhero! A female Muslim superhero, fancy that! That was my response when I read news that Marvel was introducing a teenage Muslim girl into their world. I was positively delighted for many reasons. Firstly a growing number of Muslim women, including myself, are frustrated by the popular misconception that all Muslim women are oppressed or lack autonomy and independence. Whilst it is granted that there are a percentage of Muslim women who unfortunately fall within that category it is not true for the majority. We are women just like any other woman. It is for this reason that I welcome and applaud Ms Marvel.   Since the tragic events of September 2001 and...

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Forced Marriage: Slavery, Abuse and Neglect.

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Forced Marriage: Slavery, Abuse and Neglect.

When I caught up on the tweets relating to ITV’s exposure documentary on forced marriage I wasn’t shocked. The news that eighteen out of fifty six Imams were willing to facilitate marriage ceremonies involving 14 year old girls was expected, in fact it is probably widely known. I can honestly write that up until I watched the documentary I felt nothing, this news was something I already suspected and have been blogging about for a while, I will continue to blog about this until I feel that the problem has been eradicated.   In this documentary we are told that 400 girls are forced into marriage every year, but the actual figure is expected to be a lot higher....

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Cousin Marriage- Defect & Defence

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Blog | 6 comments

Cousin Marriage- Defect & Defence

The issue regarding consanguinity (cousin marriage) is one that is sensitive and personal to many British Pakistani Muslims. Thus the results reported by the Born in Bradford project must be dealt with sensatively to avoid community tensions. For those of you who are unaware of what the BIB team did; ”We collected information from medical records about children with one or more congenital anomalies who had been born between 2007 and 2011 to mothers recruited to the Born in Bradford (BiB) study.” (The Lanclet) From these results two patterns emerged; ”We found overall rates for congenital anomalies in the BiB babies are nearly double national rates...

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The Elephant in The Room-Qasim Rashid & The Ahmedi Community

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Blog | 6 comments

The Ahmedi community has always been a topic of fascination to me. Growing up I was taught that Ahmedi’s were not Muslims, they were traitors and hypocrites and should not be associated with. I remember, in particular, my friend’s dad once telling me that if he could, he would sanction a boycott against all Ahemdis. His exact words were ‘they are an evil group of people.’ What didn’t help him was that I was naturally very inquisitive, so when I questioned his beliefs he could only reply that they, the Ahmedis, did not accept Muhammad PBUH to be the final messenger. I have long wondered what the cause of concern is against the Ahmediya community....

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My Open Letter to Allison Pearson

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Allison, I am writing this letter to you in response to your article in the Telegraph titled “Oxford Grooming Gang: We Will Regret ignoring Asian Thugs who Target White Girls.” You make many errors of judgement within your article, the first being your claim that ‘…leaders of the Pakistani Muslim community – essentially a Victorian society that has landed like Doctor Who’s Tardis on a liberal, permissive planet it despises – are at pains to deny that the grooming gang’s behaviour has anything to do with ethnic origin or contemptible attitudes towards women.’ Firstly, many leaders within the Muslim community have spoken out...

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