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To Burqa or not to Burqa

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Burqa Ban. It’s been a hot topic this week. On 1st July, judges at the European court of human rights upheld France’s Burqa ban, accepting Paris’s argument that it encouraged citizens to live together. For many years, in fact up until last year I was very anti burqa, and anti abaya (the long black garment worn over clothing) I knew and had been told that it had no quranic reference and that it was a cultural phenomena. I simply didn’t understand, why in this country you would want to cover up everything when you could dress modestly without looking so alien. As a feminist I despised it, to me, it symbolised a garment which restrained and...

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Stoned by Love.

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

Stoned by Love.

Today, as I read the news, I cried. Hot angry tears fell down my cheeks. And I am not ashamed to admit to it. The stories that led to my reaction were those of  Farzana Parveen and Meriam Ibrahim. These two women, although strangers to one another, have lots in common, they are both in their 20′s, one has been stoned to death and the other is condemned to be stoned to death. Their crime is the same. They both fell in love. A love which was forbidden by those around them be it family or society. Let me begin with the story of Farzana Parveen. Farzana married a widower aged 45, 3 years ago. She was arranged to be married to somebody else, somebody her family had...

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Racist Slurs Are Proving Popular

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What a week it has been! I write this post as a concerned voter. I am concerned because in Pendle (where I reside currently) we have a few UKIP candidates. Now there’s been much discussion on UKIP and their policies and the controversies surrounding them. Let me clarify why UKIP and far right parties such as theirs worry me. I am a child of migrants, my dad migrated here at a very young age and was educated here and married my mother who arrived in England post marriage. They are and always have been extremely hard working individuals. My father has now built up with his brothers a successful family business; they have all worked extremely hard to reach the stage they...

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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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