HER Stories: Muslim Women & Education

In the western world, the majority of people don’t associate Muslim women with being educated and knowledge seeking. Muslim women are seen as shadows of people beneath veils. Subordinate creatures who are restricted and consigned to the kitchen. The western world has this perception because it compares Muslim women to its own standards.

Unfortunately, there are Muslim women, both living in the western world and in Muslim countries, who are oppressed by their male counterparts in many ways. These men either have little knowledge of their religion or they have no regard for it. They forbid women from going to school or work. They force their daughters to marry against their will. All of these things are completely against Islam.

Education is an important principle in Islam. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” This applies to all Muslims – men and women! Therefore…

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Life Update

I don’t normally do posts like this but I thought; why not start and there was a few things I just felt like sharing here on my blog. First of all, I was really pleased to pass the milestone of 50,000 words on my current work in progress - my novel! I was stuck in … Continue reading Life Update

Book Review – ‘All the Light we Cannot See’

All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six and lived with her father in Paris until some years later and the outbreak of WWII when their worlds are turned upside down and they flee Paris to Saint Malo. Saint Malo, a walled city by the … Continue reading Book Review – ‘All the Light we Cannot See’

Character Profile: Ryan

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A World beyond Repair

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My Favourite Books Growing Up

I felt like being nostalgic and taking a trip down memory lane to revisit my favourite books when I was growing up. I'm one of those bookworms who has been one since I can remember. There wasn't really a book that made me fall in love with reading, I just always have. As a child, … Continue reading My Favourite Books Growing Up

It’s Okay to Not be Okay

Sometimes, in fact rather often, people need to be reminded of the fact that it is okay to not be okay.  Today's super fast paced and social media centred society does not like to let us remember it - but it is normal, it is good and it is fine to not be fine. It … Continue reading It’s Okay to Not be Okay

Hijab: Oppression or Freedom?

They see the scarf on my head and they see oppression. They see me covering my hair and wearing loose clothing to hide the shape and figure of my body and they wonder how can I possibly be happy clothing myself this way. They see misogyny. ‘Her husband must have forced her’, they think to … Continue reading Hijab: Oppression or Freedom?