Marriage Is Beautiful, but Only If It Is Done Right

Marriage Is Beautiful, but Only If It Is Done Rightby Qis Hakim _ It’s mystifying how Muslim men have succeeded in governing one-sided marital laws for so many generations. Women have conformed to this norm as a way life they have been brought up in. I respect their choices, and I’m in no way complying.…

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My Marriage Healed Me From Toxic Parenting

by Sya Taha __ When people ask me how I got married, I say, half-laughing, that my father proposed to the man that is now my husband. I hide behind humour because it is sinister and painful to know that my father is not equal parts benevolently patriarchal and protective (as people would interpret his…

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Familial Priorities

by Zarifah Anuar I fight a lot with my parents. I think that’s inevitable when you’re an opinionated young adult whose views are a direct contrast to those of your conservative parents, but the most recent argument topic was quite strange to me. It was about time and planning. I’m a planner. I have a…

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When Being Filial to One Means Neglecting Another

by Alia _ I have been thinking about this for a long time. If he died, would I know? If I died, would he forgive me? Where would God place me as I walk the crowded fields of judgement day? Would I be seen as a filial daughter? Or the opposite; someone who has abandoned…

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Editor’s Letter: Filial Piety

by Diana Rahim Thinking about the topic of filial piety and all that it connotes, my mind had gone immediately to a poem by Kahlil Gibran called “On Children.” It was one of those unforgettable poems that struck an essential point of contention in parent-children relationships, the rawest nerve. The one that told parents that…

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Love Confessions of A Villain

by Ham – I’m not sure from whom I heard it. Or perhaps it’s an amalgamation of different sayings and lessons throughout my growing years. The idea was that if you’re a good and pious Muslim girl, God will provide for you, even reserve the best future for you. Specifically, if you remain chaste, feminine…

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Our Traditional Non-Traditional Marriage

by N My husband S and I would like to pride ourselves on preserving tradition… somewhat. We always ensure our home is all decked out and ready for major festivals. During the Chinese New Year season, red adorns the outside of our home, with chun lian to bring in great luck for the year. During…

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Editor’s Letter: Love & Relationships

by Diana Rahim How does one even begin to talk about love? It’s almost unthinkable. It’s like asking one to talk about a topic as fraught and as nebulous as “consciousness.” I am not sure I am exaggerating. I struggled for a while about how to introduce this topic, how to write this letter. But…

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