Have you ever woken up one day and wondered where the last 10 years of your life has gone? Have you ever thought about how much you’ve changed and the process that resulted in the ‘new you’? This is my space to share reflections of my unique journey of self-discovery, inner conflict, and identity challenges that have shaped who I am today
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free”. – Ralph Elliston … More Reflections of a ‘Born Muslim’
A few years had passed since my spiritual transformation from Born to practicing Muslim, and I was finally ready to get married. As a popular topic in the practicing Muslim community, I had resisted the pressure to rush into marriage. Despite being Born Muslim, my perspectives on many Islamic matters were flawed due to my … More Let’s get married!
I had always perceived myself as an intellectual, strong-minded and ambitious woman. I had been through a roller coaster of experiences and reflective episodes to find the ‘woman’ in me. My African heritage, upbringing and the British society I grew up in contributed to defining the woman I was. The majority of the women in … More Finding the ‘Muslim woman’ in me
I have always considered myself African, regardless of being raised and living in the UK. Aside from being able to speak an African language, I adhere to ‘African traditions’ such as respecting elders and cherish values that involve strong family ties and the extended family network. I have numerous ‘uncles’, ‘aunties’, and ‘cousins’ who are … More Sellout!
As I progressed in my spiritual journey, an Islamic lifestyle was slowly becoming second nature, and I was beginning to find my feet. I never anticipated that my choice to practice Islam would affect so many people who claimed to be ‘concerned’ about me. In my own little world, I hadn’t realized that people were … More Stranger in the midst
Although I was certain I wanted to tread the path of spiritual discovery and start practicing Islam, deep down I was afraid my fun-filled life would come to a halt. Regardless of this fear, I was determined to live up to my title as a Muslim – test the waters to see if I could … More Rediscovering Islam
During a recent visit to a family member, the oft-repeated and dreaded comment came up: “I miss the old you.” I always take offense when I hear the disappointment in their voice. An element of sympathy mixed with a hint that the current ‘me’ is someone undesirable; someone who rebelled against being the person I’m … More ‘Born’ Muslim
Ramadan was always an exciting time for me, even before my spiritual awakening. It was the only time of year I practiced Islam and chose to refrain from eating, arguing, and enjoying myself excessively. I was a changed person; I was a Ramadan Muslim and proud! My routine was the same every day: I would … More Ramadan Muslimah ‘n’ Proud!