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Scottish Mosques For All: Group Calls for Women-Friendly Mosques

EDINBURGH – Muslim women across the UK are campaigning for more prayer spaces for women in mosques, saying that more than a quarter of mosques in the UK either have no facilities for women or access is restricted. “It is unfortunate that many mosques fail to provide basic access for Muslim women to use the …

Australia Appoints First Female Muslim Senator

NEW SOUTH WALES – Mehreen Faruqi has become Australia’s first Muslim woman senator after being appointed to fill a vacant seat on Wednesday, August 15. The Greens Party politician, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future would be “stronger for our diversity.” She added that she would use her new role …

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Hijab And Inferiority Complex: Setting Myself Free

When I first ditched the headscarf, the simplest way to describe hijab, I had a sense of temporary satisfaction for I believed I was entitled to freedom of choice. Nevertheless, it was a choice against my conscience, which at the same time was fighting, for its right.

Ilhan Omar Wins Primary, Gets Closer to Congress

MINNESOTA – America’s first Somali-American legislator, Ilhan Omar (D), won the Minnesota Democratic primary on Tuesday night, becoming more likely to make history as one of the first Muslim women in Congress. “We started this campaign to prove people are ready and willing to fight for an America that works for all of us. To …

US Teen Creates First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team

SAN BERNARDINO — Proving that Islamophobic bullying can’t break her spirit, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Chino Hills, California created a free science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program for Muslim girls aged between 10 and 14. “My goal is loftier than just winning robotics awards,” Zaina Siyed, creator of FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program, explained to …

G. Willow Wilson: Muslim Superhero Highlighter

WASHINGTON – Her first graphic novel, Cairo (Vertigo, 2007) has been listed as a top graphic novel for teens by the American Library Association and the School Library Journal. Her comic series Air was also nominated for the Eisner Award, and her first novel, Alif the Unseen, won the 2013 World Fantasy Award. However, the …

Hajj Made Easier for Women, Thanks to This Los Angeles Group

LOS ANGELES – Maryum Ali, a Los Angeles social worker and the eldest child of the late Muhammad Ali, is going to hajj this year, thanks to help from a group of Muslim women. “‘It’s not going to be perfect; there (are) 2 million, 3 million people there,’” Ali, who received $500 financial support from …

Chinese Man Converts to Islam to Marry Nigerian Woman

LAGOS – Photos showing a Chinese man celebrating his wedding to a Nigerian woman came online, telling a story of love overcoming distances and differences. According to Naija.com, the man, whose name was not identified by the paper, traveled thousands of miles to marry the Muslim girl. As he was not a Muslim, the man …

Muslim Group Blasts Boris Johnson Over Niqab Comments

LONDON – UK’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has sparked criticism with his comment on Muslim  women in burkas,  saying they “look like letter boxes.”; he has been asked to apologize. “Boris Johnson rightly opposes the Danish ban on the niqab but denigrates the minority of women who choose to wear it. He described them …

African American Muslims Host Hijab Fashion Show

BROOKLYN – In an effort to educate people on hijab, a group of African American Muslim women in Brooklyn, New York hosted a hijab fashion show at Brooklyn Ballroom in Bed-Stuy on August 5, BrooklynNews12 reported. “We hope to send a different message about our Islamic cultural fashion choice,” Nissa Greenley, one of the show …



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