In conversation with Khadeejah B – On starting “The Black Muslim Girl”, self care as ibadah and creating communities

By Selina Bakkar

This week we interviewed Khadeejah, founder of the platform TBMG (The Black Muslim Girl platform) which aims to facilitate discussions filled with love, laughter, and…

What Kerbala Taught me about Healthy Masculinity

By The Rogue Muslim

Growing up, I never questioned that men cried, or needed to cry. It was something that was normal to me. Then, as I grew older…

Understanding and dealing with food cravings – 4 tips

By Ashiya Mendheria

Food cravings can empower you to tune in to your body’s needs, encouraging you to listen and be open. Cravings are often demonised as a…

This book ‘It’s not about the burqa’ featuring 18 Muslim women is combatting the narrative and we are here for it

By Amaliah Team

In Feb 2019 the book titled “It’s Not About the Burqa” will be published, and available for purchase from your local Waterstones.  The book which…

Minorities in Education Interviews: What was your experience like?

By Amaani Master

Sometimes you don’t realise how accustomed you have become to a certain lifestyle until you are plonked into a totally different one. The environment and…

Catch up this week on the Amaliah Podcasts

By Selina Bakkar

Believe it or not, the first podcast we ever recorded never made the cut, in fact about three have never seen the light of day.…

Five ways to gain new skills in your career

By Nafisah Atcha

It is true what they say, learning doesn’t end the moment you leave school. In fact, I found the opposite to be true. We are…

#JusticeForShukriAbdi Lawyer for the family, Attiq Malik updates the community on the justice the family are seeking

By Selina Bakkar

Update 10th October 2019 11.30am The lawyer representing the family of Shukri Abdi yesterday spoke of the families fight for justice, Attiq Malik the  Director…

Fitness

Exercise Saved me, My Mental Health Journey

By Maz Halima

I have suffered from mental health issues for as long as I can remember. Even in primary school, I just found life too overwhelming. What…

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Life after Death: What Healed the Loss of my Father

By Shabana Khanam

Bismillah. Writing this I feel internally conflicted. Do I really want to share what was some of the most difficult months for me? The time…

Muslim Men, Mental health, and the pressure of expected masculinity

By Tasneem Sharrem

As I was scrolling through Twitter on the weekend, I came across the tragic news of a suicide in the Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah. The…

Open the doors of healing: Healthy healing after an abusive relationship

By Sumi

Whether it is coercion, control, physical violence or verbal abuse, we can all comprehend the plight of the survivor and their need for advice; their…

5 Ways everyone can advocate for mental health awareness

By Sakinah Kaiser

All Voices Count in the Muslim Mental Health Movement “Your lived experience is needed.” https://twitter.com/sbennettforshaw/status/801217028937945088 This is part of a quote tweeted by the Depression…

There’s No Shame In Seeking Help For Your Mental Health

By Amaliah Anonymous

As someone who has always struggled with anxiety, but has only recently accepted it for what it is –  it took a long time for…

Balance – The Forgotten Sunnah needed in a fast paced world

By Uneesa Zaman

Balance – The Forgotten Sunnah  To say I had a poor Ramadan would be an understatement. A combination of sleep deprivation, dehydration, stress, stretched workloads…

To The Non-White Potential Oxbridge Applicants

By Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

note: – the term BME used in this article is based on UK terminology to refer to members of non-white British communities (who this article…

Corporate

Hijabs, Prayer and Alcohol; Islam In the Corporate World

By Raifa Rafiq

I’m a Black Muslim Woman working in a predominantly white secular corporate environment where being a practicing woman of faith has proved to not come…

How to make an all-natural herbal salve in 4 steps

By Katerina Qabaha

Make an all-natural herbal salve that can soothe minor grazes, scratches, insect bites and patches of dry skin. Please note that this article does not replace…

Taffakur: Purposeful reflection will lead us to Allah

By Sunday Circles

Allah has given human beings the capability of thinking and reasoning. It is this ability which makes humans different from animals and enables them with…

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Archiving: Why the Black Muslim Heritage Project is Necessary for our Legacy

By Tanya Muneera Williams

I have been given the gift of time travel when I close my eyes and focus hard enough, I get transported back to a time…

12 Questions with Rapper Neelam Hakeem: Misogynistic Hip-Hop, modesty, and subverting rap culture

By Hanan

Neelam Hakeem is a Seattle born, multi-talented spoken word poet, former medical claims analyst, mother, rapper, and fierce advocate of women’s rights. The rapper moved…

I believe black people need their own United Nations

By Black Muslim Forum

Black people need an international body operating on a global scale that delivers what Malcolm outlined in his basic unity program. Black people need a…

How I empowered myself after being sectioned

By Azeezat Aboderin

In 2010,  I was in my late teens and had been sectioned under the mental health act. I had spent 3 months “under observation”, and…

The Lantern Initiative was born out of a new mothers isolation…

By The Lantern Initiative

With cuts to mental heath services across the UK, community organisations have rushed to support those being failed by the system, The Lantern Initiative is…

‘Jinn’ The movie- An Ode to the Black Muslim Woman in Film

By Adama Munu

Adama Munu touches on how trailblazing Nijlah Mu’min’s directorial feature film ‘Jinn’ is an ode to the Muslim presence within the ‘Black Renaissance’ in film.…

Tributes for 27-year-old BBC journalist Hanna Yusuf who passed away suddenly

By Amaliah Team

On the 30th of September Hanna Yusuf’s family released a statement which announced the passing of the BBC journalist. Hanna’s passing was sudden and the…

Here’s why some black Muslims feel uncomfortable with Islamic Societies at University

By Suaada Abdulaahi

It wasn’t until I was in my final year of university that I noticed an increase in events and discussions being organized, mainly by Somali…

Recommended: Children’s books with diverse representation of black female characters

By Nurturing Nusaybah

We recently spoke to Maryam from the Instagram page Nurturing Nusaybah about the importance of exposing young children to books with black characters. She shared her…

Cardi B at Fashion week shows the double standards Muslim women face for covering up

By Tuscany Bernier

In the heart of Paris Fashion Week 2019, one floral ensemble worn by the famous Miss Cardi B was turning heads. She was wearing an…

Movita Johnson Harrell becomes First Black Muslim state representative to the city with the highest Muslim population in the USA

By Selina Bakkar

On Tuesday the 12th of March the seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was won by Movita Johnson-Harrel, she won 66 % of the vote.…

This organisation are collecting data on Anti-blackness in the muslim community to address it

By Black Muslim Forum

Over time many of us have heard accounts of problematic situations and words Black Muslims have been faced with coming from members of the Muslim…

The flawed mother…that is my strength

By Sarah Yataghane

In recent weeks I have been feeling an air of discomfort, as I share moments of my day to day or publically unpick my feelings…

Challenging cultural expectations: I work and my husband is a stay at home father

By Ghyda Senussi

Five years ago I got married to the most wonderful man after meeting a selection of pretty horrible men, some who had no shame in…

An introduction to vaginal steaming

By Ashiya Mendheria

Please consult your health professional if you have specific health concerns and see disclaimers below on when NOT to steam* Yoni (Sanskrit for vagina) steaming…

What if we were all one colour? The Blue Series by Lakshmi Hussain

By Amaliah Team

 “The Blue Series is a series of portraits and it’s mostly women which enables me to explore the world around me. Our world is incredibly…

Tray bakes for quick and hearty dinners

By Amaliah Team

I’m always looking for hearty and healthy meals for my family, I don’t always have the time and energy to cook after a long day,…