In memorial: Benazir Bhutto

Steadfast in her beliefs, she vowed to put her nation first – even before her own family. Jack McGee takes a look back on the life of the former prime minister of Pakistan on the anniversary of her assassination. She is often lambasted as having been un-Islamic, corrupt and out of touch with the people. Such criticism … Read more

Breads from the Arab World

Get acquainted with three kinds of bread that lie at the heart of many cultures across the Arab world. The region known more popularly as the Middle East is home to many different countries and people. It houses a diverse range of cultures and religions, each of them bearing striking similarities as well as differences. … Read more

5 mistakes I made in my first Ramadan

Having converted the day before the fasting month, Theresa Corbin recalls how she had to figure it all out on her own. “Ash-hadu an la ilaha ilallah, wa ash-hadu an la Muhammad Rasulullah,” I said for the first time on the evening of November 16, 2001. It was the evening in which Ramadan began that year. “Oh, … Read more

The Six Articles of the Islamic Faith

Essential knowledge for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the six articles of faith are a cornerstone of Islam and its faithful followers. By Afia R Fitriati. Considering that roughly a quarter of the world’s population today are Muslims, it is surprising that many people still have little or no clue of what constitutes a Muslim’s beliefs. Myths … Read more

9 child-friendly iftar recipes to attempt with your kids this Ramadan

If you’re one of those people whose kitchens must remain spotless, you’d better look away now. Mariam Mokhtar shares some recipes that the little chefs in your home can help out with. The countertop is dusted in flour. Vegetable peelings, scattered like confetti, lie strewn across the floor. Amidst the kitchen mess a fasting kid continually queries: … Read more

Fatima Mernissi: Going beyond the veil to fight misogynist interpretations of Islam

Discussion and dialogue are vital to the growth of any society. Raquel Evita Saraswati sheds light on a feminist voice of reason. The struggle against the oppression of women can seem endless. It is a sad, frustrating and undeniable reality that even in the 21st century, Muslim-majority countries are still some of the worst offenders when it … Read more

Reflections on Being Bicultural

Having two distinct cultures presents both complexities and thrills, says Dina Toki-o. People constantly ask me where I’m from. I answer, ‘from England’. Sometimes I answer with, ‘from Wales’. Then I am asked the same question again. ‘No, where are you really from?’ Or, ‘Where are you from, like from?’ If you haven’t already guessed, these questions usually hint … Read more