“If you say the word ‘pig’, Allah will not accept your prayers for 40 days.” Sounds strange, right? In the slums of Karachi Pakistan, I grew up listening to phrases like these, presented to me as commandments of God. The Allah of Islam, portrayed through the Muslim scholars (imams) of my time, had a myriad […]
I experienced love, compassion and forgiveness from Muslims in a way that I had never experienced before. The word ‘Islam’ means peace, and this is what I saw in the wake of what could have created decades of inter-religious animosity.
I wonder where ‘Home’ is…
A lot of the time I feel like a fish out of water. I haven’t grown up with Western music, I still don’t understand Western humour, I don’t have much background knowledge of Western history or culture.
In the wedding papers, there is a section that says: Does the woman have the right to divorce? and the Muslim Imams & Moulvis conveniently cross that section and mark it “Not Applicable”
#divorceisislam #humanrights #violenceagainstwomen #repressionisislam #divorce
What would you say if all of us survivors got together and wrote our stories and showed the world our deepest wounds and scars? #powerofwriting #creativewriting #intimatesharing #writingtoheal #eradicateviolence #eradicateabuse
We talk about freedom of speech; we say that humans are free to say anything but then we abuse children so that they become silent; we shame women so their voices are never heard and then, we expect women to speak up for their rights.
Why is Islam so afraid of questioning? True God wouldn’t be afraid. True God is above fear so why can’t we find the true “Islam” by questioning, by reflecting and by challenging the “inhumane” ways of some Muslims.