Marrakesh Hotspots Review

The Old City of Marrakesh The Old City of Marrakesh is a place of vibrancy, that holds the soul and identity of Morocco. With the area known for its beautiful Riads – like the rest of Marrakesh – we chose to stay here to visit and speak to some of the locals to get an idea of…

My struggle with Placenta Previa

My heart was pounding. I looked down at the pregnancy test, mentally preparing myself for what I would see. And there it was: “2-3 weeks pregnant”. I had already known from the moment I’d conceived, however this didn’t waver my shock or excitement. I was sat in a Sainsbury’s toilet cubicle in Salford, with the rest…

Finding refuge in Manchester: A Syrian family’s story

A Syrian family speak of the horrors they faced before fleeing Syria, and how they are coping with building a new life for themselves here in the Manchester. The parents, who both asked to remain anonymous for fear of their relatives lives in Syria, were separated once the father left Syria in search for a new…

Aab Live Blog

Our Flagship Store in the North is prepped and ready to open. #DestinationAab https://t.co/CuEszHC5Fg — Aab (@aabcollection) December 12, 2015 11:44am The first shoppers of @aabcollection have entered! #DestinationAab #AabBroadway pic.twitter.com/xMF2jgsi1h — Jabeen Akhter (@FatimahJaved) December 12, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.jshttp:// A time-lapse of shoppers outside! @aabcollection #DestinationAab #AabBroadway pic.twitter.com/xh83ffV6dQ — Jabeen Akhter (@FatimahJaved) December 12, 2015…

Under reporting of Islamophobia: A Salford students’ story

Marwa Ammar is a construction student at the University of Salford. She tells me she’d been a victim of five Islamophobic attacks within the space of three months. She informs me that these attacks took place while she wore the head-covering, formally known to Muslims as “the Hijab”. The most recent attack involved her being pushed…

FODIP – Womens Voices

Creating dialogue between people from the three Abrahamic faiths and those of no faith. Earlier today, I had the pleasure of attending a discussion which was organised by the organisation FODIP. Chairing this discussion was brother Pasha Shah, someone who I had met previously while working for Radio Ramadhan at the British Muslim Heritage Centre….

Oh My Hijab

My hijab Oh my hijab, you were an order An order to be fulfilled, an order from God Oh how the trouble, of what we could face Of not averting eyes, glares or disgrace But there is another layer, another feeling of contempt This hijab on my head, though it does make me content I…

My time as a ParliaMentor

It was a journey of a lifetime packed into 3 short days, we hadn’t known each other at first, but due to the networking events which were followed by many ice breakers and activities, we left as family. A family which consisted of people from diverse backgrounds; Saul, a musician who had always been accused…

Citizen Journalism – challenging the gatekeepers of information

The collective amount of knowledge shared through prevalent and current technologies has handed an unprecedented level of power to citizen journalists. A citizen journalist and a traditional journalist working together can lead to a positive effect on the news industry as the value of content pieced together may produce more accurate and relatable news stories….

That Oppressive Piece Of Cloth

That’s right, that oppressive suffocating looking piece of cloth you’re wearing around your head. What is its purpose? Why do you wear it? How long have you been forced to wear it? Very sad but unfortunately true. These are some of the unwanted comments and questions we receive from bystanders. The headscarf, more formally known as “the hijab” is worn…