Assalamu alaykum, peace be upon you.
My name is Safiyah, I am a revert Muslim and let me tell you about why I want to write a blog.
We are now living in an age where many headlines and news stories somehow relate to Muslims or Islam in some way. There’s no denying that the majority, if not all, of these ‘stories’ portray Islam in a negative light. Furthermore, Muslims are often the perpetrators in the media – the big bad unknown. We all know the impact media can have on public knowledge and therefore influencing public opinion. However insignificant one Muslimah’s view may be in the grand scheme of the British patriarchy, I still want to voice my opinions and my views on whatever topics may be relevant day to day and whatever else I want to share my views on – because I can.
Everybody has a different experience in this world and I just want to share mine. Maybe I will change somebody’s views about Islam, or maybe someone won’t be as scared when they see a Muslimah wearing a headscarf or a niqab sitting on the train. All I can do is try.
The internet allows us to delve into minds and experiences of others as we never could before. This gives us a chance to learn and understand more about people we would never normally interact with. It’s far too scary and most definitely unacceptable in Britain to simply strike up a conversation with a complete stranger. This is even more so the case when said stranger is of a different background, ethnicity, culture, religion, make, model, size, etc. One simply does not know what they may be conversing with. However the internet in all its marvel means we can read and watch and delve into the depths without ever being seen, no chance for awkwardness or disaster!
This is why I want to write a blog and share my opinions and experiences, simply to do that, share! I love hearing about the experience of other people, particularly those who have a vastly different experience of the world from me. The unknown has always and will always invoke fear into people who do not want to open their minds. Islam is a religion of peace so assalamu alaykum to you all and I hope you will enjoy my writing and find it interesting at least sometimes!