With a Republican President-elect set to take the White House and a Vice President-elect encouraging the diversion of funds for HIV research and treatment to spending on so-called conversion therapies. global LGBT* rights are once again in the spotlight. Rightly so, in a world where being gay is illegal in 71...

    Refugees They have no need of our help So do not tell me These haggard faces could belong to you or I Should life have dealt a different hand We need to see them for who they really are Chancers and scroungers Layabouts and loungers With bombs up their sleeves Cut-throats and thieves They are not Welcome here We...

It’s common knowledge that the most important event in the history of the earth was meant to take place in the year 2012, according to the Mayans: Doomsday. It’s now 2016 and I’m pleased to say we’re all still very much alive –  I don’t think we’ll be relying on the Mayan predictions again any time soon. Having said that, a...

Nadiya Hussain was the bubbly, hijab-wearing winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off – and whilst we feast on the new contestants in the 2016 series, the BBC has also served us up a two-part documentary dedicated to her. In The Chronicles of Nadiya, our favourite baker visits Bangladesh – the country her parents...

Cannes beach has become the first to formally ban the so-called ‘burkini’, with the mayor of the Southern French city calling it a ‘symbol of Islamic extremism’. The law came into force at the beginning of the month, with those who don’t wear clothes that are ‘respectful of good morals’ facing a fine of 38 EUR. Sorry...

Whether on film or in the flesh, Asma Elbadawi has an undeniable, almost electrical presence – it’s no wonder that she’s shot to fame over the past year as an outstanding performance poet. After leaving Aljazira in Sudan shortly after her first birthday, Asma grew up in Bradford with her parents and brother, attending...

Last Friday 17,410,742 people voted to end the UK’s membership of the European Union, and every time I open up Facebook on my phone, it’s with a pit of dread in my stomach. I keep seeing racist incident after racist incident, and as a Muslim woman of Pakistani origin, it simultaneously breaks my heart and terrifies...

Comic books have become my new thing. Once daunted by all the timelines, and a wall of the same superhero, I’ve jumped straight into blissful nerdery. As a Pakistani Muslim, I never expected to find Muslim characters in comic books, but it turns out comic books are much better for representation than TV or film (can...

Friday 13th November 2015. It’s late. I’m at a friend’s house party, celebrating her birthday. It’s a chill night and as a Muslim who doesn’t drink, I’m sat on my friend’s sofa, overwhelmed by how accepted I feel in a circle of people who’ve never made me feel like an outsider, even though I live my life by a...

Realising you are no longer a Muslim in modern Britain One of the roles of a mother in Islam is to make sure her children grow up as practicing Muslims. But what happens when her only son realises religion isn’t for him? Imagine how it would crush her. One of the goals she believes with all her heart is hers to...