Ghouta: Why knowing the detail matters

Umm Mohammed Seven years into the war in Syria, the conflict shows no sign of abating and the indiscriminate killing of civilians has become the norm. Yet despite all the atrocities the Syrian people has witnessed, the latest assault in the Syrian suburb of Eastern Ghouta have been particularly brutal and impossible to ignore. Nearly 1,000 people have been killed over the past 20 days … Continue reading Ghouta: Why knowing the detail matters

People think hijab sexualises young girls because of the Muslim community

Aisha Hasan Last week UK education watchdog Ofsted announced that it would be questioning Muslim girls in primary schools who wear the hijab, prompting outrage amongst the Muslim community. The reason for this unwarranted, invasive, intrusive questioning: the decision to wear hijab may have been forced on young girls, causing them to be sexualised at an early age. In recent days, the Muslim community in … Continue reading People think hijab sexualises young girls because of the Muslim community

The Saudi Arabia crisis explained

The last week has been baffling for anyone reading the headlines on Saudi Arabia. In an unprecedented shake up, over 50 princes, former ministers and millionaires have been placed under house arrest in the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh on charges of corruption, several officials have been sacked, and prominent political figures have also been killed, allegedly by the Saudi government. Up to 500 people have also … Continue reading The Saudi Arabia crisis explained

What causes today’s culture of sexual assault & how Islam can solve it

Aisha Hasan Since the 5th of October, almost 24 women have come forward accusing acclaimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape. With stars like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow among them, the headlines have been full of the details of what was known as Tinseltown’s “open secret”. The incidents have shed light not only on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the … Continue reading What causes today’s culture of sexual assault & how Islam can solve it

Austria’s niqab ban: Europe’s two-faced freedom

A Muslimah writes Only approximately 150 women in Austria wear the niqab, yet last week a law was passed outlawing the religious garment. Read that again. A law has been put into effect targeting 150 women in a country with a population of almost 9 million people. Technically the ban prohibits any type of face covering, including ski masks off the slopes, surgical masks outside hospitals … Continue reading Austria’s niqab ban: Europe’s two-faced freedom