Mercy To All Creations: The Muslim LGBT’s dilemma in Religious Spaces

by Zuby Eusofe _ As Muslims, when it comes to religious spaces, the best place is the mosque. A sacred place where every Muslim goes to be one with Allah. A place of seeking peace and calm in a serene environment where you can go into the holistic vortex of communication with Allah. But not…

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Not Muslim Enough

by Marina Rosli _ For most of my life, Islam felt like conditional love: I had no right to call myself a Muslim (nor would others call me one) because I hardly prayed, am not too concerned about halal food, constantly challenged longstanding interpretations of the religion and questioned the existence and validity of certain…

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If Every Nook and Cranny Could Speak

by Shaf Ghani The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The whole earth is a masjid (mosque). Except for the graveyards and the washrooms.” Never have I thought that this would spur real-life creativity and innovation. To be able to pray anywhere except graveyards and washrooms. The possibilities seem to be endless. Is it really…

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Editor’s Letter: Religious Spaces

by Diana Rahim _ When I was an undergraduate, I don’t think I missed a prayer if I could help it. My university had a prayer room for its students. All you had to do was to bring your card to an office tucked obscurely in the basement of a building and requested them to…

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My Mother was Abused by my Father, but Everyone Around Allowed it to Happen

By Ayla Suraya __ (Content Warning for Partner Violence and descriptions of abuse) My mother’s experience of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or domestic violence has definitely had an impact on me. Growing up, my mother would share problems that she should have confided in her spouse or a therapist and my parents’ marriage was the…

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Domestic Abuse for People of Faith

by Aliyyah Zubair __ (Content Warning for Partner Violence and descriptions of abuse) An abusive marriage/situation sucks, no matter with who and how it happens. But as believers, there’s that added dimension of our faith and spirituality that can make things that little bit more tricky. I cannot count the number of times warning bells set…

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Fear of the Afterlife & Panic Attacks

By Naj __ I always feared the afterlife. So when I experienced my first onset of hard-hitting panic attacks, I thought that I was going to die and be thrown into that world I feared the most. My first panic attack struck when I was 16. I was spacing out in Malay class when I…

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When the Lost get Found

by A When I was 11, I remember coming up to my mother one day and telling her that something was wrong with me. To this day, I can still recall the exact words I said: “I think I’m missing a few wires in my brain.” Growing up, I was a very eccentric child. I…

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What NOT to Say to a Muslim Struggling with Their Mental Health

by Nurul Afiqah __ It’s ironic how difficult it can be to find comfort among religious people when religion itself is supposed to be a source of comfort. Mentally ill people seeking support from among their friends and family in the Muslim community are often met with ignorance wrapped in well-meaning, faith-inspired advice. I reached…

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Editor’s Letter: Mental Health

by Diana Rahim It’s hard being a person. Nobody truly tells you this, nor are we really encouraged to look into this fact deeply. As a society, we are uncomfortable with confronting sadness and despair, and would rather concentrate on a superficial, easy-to-understand pursuit of happiness. We are taught to meet our basic material needs,…

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