Re-thinking Disability in Islam

by Sya Taha __ Disability and Islam My sister, Syiqah, gets around on a wheelchair. When we used to attend Islamic classes in our younger days, the mosque we went to was not accessible. We had to gather two or three young men each week to carry her wheelchair down three big steps to where…

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RECAP: FTM Workshop 2: The Sequel?

By Kamelia Daud – On the 14th of December 2019, we had the pleasure of attending Bissu’s second FTM (female-to-male) workshop entitled “FTM Workshop 2: The Sequel?” Bissu is a non-profit community building group existing to act as a guide to channel relevant recipients to support groups, that has been established within the LGBT friendly…

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Naked Face and Bare Feet: Language and the Body

by Atifa Othman _ There I was, bare feet and naked face, drenched in salty sweat after a 1-hour workout. I was a regular at that gym and I always tried to make it a point to look approachable and friendly. I never had a problem frequenting exercise spaces on my own (apart from the…

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What Happens When Your Body Is Not Your Own

by Aria Ridzuan My body is not my own. Growing up in a Malay Muslim household, it took me a while before I realized that my body was not my own. Since young, my body has been policed by everyone around me; my self-worth reduced to my physical appearance as though I had nothing else…

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Of Boobs and Babat: A Story About My Body

by Raudah __ As a plus-size woman, body image is an inner demon that I have fought, lost and have a love-hate relationship with over the years. Heck, sometimes we have brunch on weekends.  I dislike my body. Everything is too much; my feet are too big and I am not able to buy cute…

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Editor’s Letter: Body Image

This editor’s letter is guest-written by Nurul Huda Rashid _ Pertumbuhan tubuhku / Seeds & the Soil   I was in primary school when I was made aware of the darkness of my skin. Its hairiness was identified as ‘gorilla’ and  I was told that I could never be as beautiful as a ‘Malay’ girl. The…

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The Journey of a Single, Unwed Mother

by Rahayu Natalya _ Being a single unwed mother is a challenge on its own. Being a single unwed mother in our country and in the community is a harder challenge altogether.  My journey has not been an easy one. It’s been a roller coaster ride from the moment I found out I was pregnant…

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The persistence of loneliness

by Sasnidar _ Everyone is born in this world has a story or journey of their own. This piece may have similarities to your own or maybe it is a knowledge that some of you might never know exists. * It hurts. it really does hurt her. It tires her down. Consistently being the punching…

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Behind Closed Doors

by Sutera Merah _ [Content warning for descriptions of domestic violence] _ “Alice, Can you help me cross the road, please? I don’t know how to do it with the girls.” It was a call of help to my counsellor.  I was at the crossroads of my life and literally standing at the intersection of…

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The Unfair Divorce of a Filial Wife

by Noor Redha __ Exhausted. Tired.  Tired of everything. Tired of fighting all the time with you.  Speechless is all I can say. Fear. Hopeless and heartbroken all in one.  Tears keep rolling down my cheeks whenever I think about it.  I keep asking myself, why me? Why does it have to turn out this…

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