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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Editor’s Letter: Divorce & Single Motherhood

[This editor’s letter is guest-written by Zubee Ali, the wonderful coordinator and collaborator of our recent writing workshop 🙂 ] by Zubee Ali _ “I feel like I have no voice!” Natasha*, a young single mother with a four-year-old shared after her harrowing experience in court trying to claim regular maintenance from her ex. The…

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RECAP: Writing Workshop for Single Mothers and Divorcees

By Sarah Namazie _ On the 2nd of March 2019, Beyond the Hijab held a writing workshop for an upcoming blog series specifically written by divorcees, many of whom were also single mothers. The session started with enthusiasm and laughter from the workshop participants as they went around introducing themselves and what they would like…

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Teaching ‘feel-good’ Islam: Toxic Positivity & Silencing the Oppressed

by Mysara Aljaru _ An ‘Islamic’ Toxic Positivity “You just need faith in Allah, you are where He wants you to be.” These were words I frequently heard growing up, especially from religious teachers in weekend madrasahs I used to attend as a child. It seemed reassuring at that time. Why wouldn’t it be, right?…

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Knowing What We Know: The Education Of Young Girls

by Zubaida Ali _ Now that I am in my mid-fifties and expecting the birth of my first grand-daughter, I ponder at the thought of how she will receive her education in life. Not the academic education that will surely be given to her but the passing on of cultural knowledge such as beliefs and…

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I Wanted to Teach Islam in a Madrasah

by Amber _ Part one was about an experience Thauria went through in a full-time religious institution (Madrasah). I am immensely grateful to have shared such important experiences with Thauria in our Madrasah for the past 12 years and I am so honoured that she invited me to write about my experiences as well. What…

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I Couldn’t find God in a Madrasah

by Thauria __ Growing up, many Muslims around me strongly believe that Madrasahs are institutional representatives of the Muslim community, which is not a baseless sentiment. Madrasahs have been institutionalised as the representatives of the community through legislation such as AMLA (Administration of Muslim Law Act). However, in many ways, this representation has been internalised…

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