Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Aisha Hasan Despite decades of explanations and refutations, the hijab remains the most widespread and contentious issue surrounding Muslim women. From narratives of oppression to empowerment, the entire spectrum of feeling has been expressed over this simple piece of cloth covering a Muslim woman. In the age of modest fashion, the hijab has taken on another dimension altogether, and has in most mainstream discourse been … Continue reading Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Rejecting hadith in the face of feminism

Aisha Hasan “May Allah forgive me for saying this, but I cannot believe the Prophet would have said such a thing. I don’t believe in these hadith and that’s that.” This was the conclusion of a conversation with a sister on social media over the hadith regarding the Hoor al-Ayn promised for believing men in paradise. Two months later, another young woman at an Islamic … Continue reading Rejecting hadith in the face of feminism

A rereading of the story of Maryam

Marzuqa Karima The name of Maryam (peace be upon her) is one which believers all around the world recall several times when reciting the divine revelation, the Qur’an. When Muslims take her name in such reading, they are rewarded tenfold for each letter. She is a paragon of virtue who is also remembered by other faiths, and is celebrated as one of the world’s greatest … Continue reading A rereading of the story of Maryam

Ramadan: Attaining Taqwa in a Secular Era

Aisha Hasan يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ O you who believe, fasting has been decreed upon you, as it was decreed upon those before, so you that you may attain taqwa. As we enter Ramadan, this verse is one that we will hear regularly as a motivation for us to use this blessed month to … Continue reading Ramadan: Attaining Taqwa in a Secular Era

Individualism & the destruction of community

Ilham Ibrahim An epidemic of loneliness and emptiness is sweeping across the Western world. Increasingly considered by doctors and policymakers as a public health concern, it is feared it could lead to a rise of numerous health problems, ranging from heart attacks to cancers.  Last year British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister for loneliness, while a study by the Economist found in September found … Continue reading Individualism & the destruction of community