It wasn’t easy, but I did it

It wasn’t easy, but I did it

I was frequently told that I have a lovely smile! I was, obviously, happy and flattered to hear these compliments because they reminded me that no one knew that I actually felt miserable, or that I cried myself to sleep or that I contemplated suicide. No one knew what it took to force this smile on my face. I needed to convince everyone around that I was perfectly happy and my marriage was great.

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A Safe Space for Muslim Women

A Safe Space for Muslim Women

Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid, first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a renowned business woman in a male-dominated trade. Aisha Bint Abu Bakr, another wife of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), is one of the greatest scholars and teachers of all time, Nusayba Bint Kaab was an exceptionally fierce and brave warrior, and Fatima Al Fihri established the first university in the world in 859 CE in Morocco. We need to realize the legacy our foremothers have built for us and continue to uphold their strength, knowledge, wisdom and courage.

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Surat Al-Nisa [4:35]

Surat Al-Nisa [4:35]

Making statements like the one above are often what put the most pressure on women in abusive relationships. Before we jump to quote our favourite hadith or ayah, let's stop to consider how and why we are quoting it and whether or not we are giving a naseeha or passing a judgment. Ultimately, we really don't know what goes on behind closed doors.

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