November 22, 2017

My Apologies D&G, It’s Not You. It’s Me.

January 18, 2016


As written for [January 2016]   There have been two knee-jerk reactions in response to the release of Dolce and Gabbana’s hijab and abaya collection: The Allure of the Middle East; First came the yay-sayers (for want of a better term) who with true Arab-style ululation lauded the fashion house for taking such a […]

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September 1, 2015


The problem with these ‘super heroes’ is that they are a capitalistic product with economic returns. The more immortal the character, and as a result celebrated, the greater its appeal. Unaware of this other (read primary) agenda, all our children are made to understand is that if you want to save the world you must have this cosmic attribute, unrealistically large biceps and a pencil for a waist - an unfortunate deception that deters hopefuls from feeling like they can actively better society themselves.

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Motherhood’s Little Known Secret

June 9, 2015


While it may be considered normal to be overwhelmed at first with the physical, mental, and emotion baggage that comes with having a baby, it is important to be able distinguish between ‘just baby blues’ and PPD. Postpartum Depression is real, and this melancholia is often suffered silently for fear of shame or being deemed inadequate as a mother. If these women aren’t encouraged to come forward and have their struggles validated, the delay or even absence of treatment can affect not just the mother, but potentially the health of her baby as well.

The Double Standards of Western Liberalism and the True Freedom of Faith

February 1, 2015


Despite the unpopularity of religion in the intellectual sphere, a new philosophy with sacred principles has seeped its way into this primarily ideological community.

Posted in: Islam, Published, Society

Anti-Muslim Violence Escalates in Sri Lanka

June 17, 2014


As written for MuslimMatters (June 17, 2014) Riots broke out in the coastal Sri Lankan town of Aluthgama yesterday in an escalation of Muslim targeted violence that many Sri Lankans fear would intensify into a resemblance of the incidents of Black July – the anti-Tamil lawlessness of July 1983 which was said to have ignited […]

A librarian for the pages of history

June 12, 2014


Laurens Hesselink has made it his life’s work to preserve priceless ancient books and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century As written for Gulf News (June 12, 2014) Looking after what was quite possibly the most valuable stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, was renowned antiquarian Laurens Hesselink and owner of Antiquariaat […]

French explorer Gibran Hasnaoui globe-Trots to combat Anti-Islam sentiment

April 15, 2014


As written for The National (April 15, 2014) When the French national Gibran Hasnaoui first landed in the UAE in 2010, he had no idea that the next two years would send him in a direction he could never have fathomed. Although born into Islam, Hasnaoui never felt a connection with God – or his […]

Loss and Laughter in Dubai’s Labour Camps

March 1, 2014


As written for The Platform (March 01, 2014) Mahmoud Kaabour explains how his new docu-film, Champ of the Camp, delves deeply into Dubai’s notorious camps to expose feelings of pain and yearning  We just separated only yesterday But how will I live in this condition for ages Death didn’t come, but why have your memories come Oh long […]

The Trials of Ease – Reflections of a Forehead Well-Traveled

February 3, 2014


As written for MuslimMatters (February 03, 2014) In Ramaḍān, from the balcony of my flat in the United Arab Emirates, I can hear the boom of a cannon fired from a few kilometres away signalling the end of a day’s fast. Following immediately is the call to the Maghrib prayer – 3 different adhāns in […]

The Real GoodFellas

December 23, 2013


Disclaimer: By posting this, in no way do I intend to invalidate/dilute the increasing stream of incidents reflecting anti-Muslim hate.  I do believe however, that Islamophobic sentiment is also inadvertently creating a reverse bias, where Muslims (especially in the Arab World) are beginning to generically hate on the West and the people who represent it […]