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Somalinimo: Black & Muslim at Cambridge University

‘Somalinimo’ in its loose translation means ‘the essence of being Somali’. In her debut documentary of the same title, Awa Farah, 26, explores what it means to be Somali at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with filmmaker Alice Aedy. Here, Farah shares her motivations behind the project, recalls the journey of embracing her identity and expresses her hopes for the future and what she … Continue reading Somalinimo: Black & Muslim at Cambridge University

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CALLING ALL FEMALE MUSLIM ARTISTS!

HALCYON IS CURATING A DIGITAL EXHIBITION OF MUSLIM WOMEN’S ART. WE WANT TO SHOWCASE MUSLIM FEMALE ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE PLACE – WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO IT THAN ONLINE! THERE ARE SO MANY TALENTED FEMALE MUSLIM ARTISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD YET WE ARE STILL SO UNDERREPRESENTED IN THE ARTS SECTOR.  THIS EXHIBITION WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF OUR TALENTS AND … Continue reading CALLING ALL FEMALE MUSLIM ARTISTS!

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Making a Modest Fashion Brand

by Sonia Azalia, Reluctant to make ‘just another hijab fashion brand’, Raissa Larasati, a 21 year-old fashion business student, decided to make a modest fashion brand for her enterprise project. Along with her group, she created a fashion brand that believes in the value of modesty, upheld by the hijab, and that can and should be promoted to everyone. Raissa’s personal relationship with the hijab … Continue reading Making a Modest Fashion Brand

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Biryani’s Love for Jollof

by Samrah Chand Akhtar I looked into Khalid’s warm, kind calm brown eyes and my heart was pounding as we exchanged our sacred vows during our Nikah, I became overwhelmed with a new found rush of respect, love and excitement, “I accept to marry you, according to the book of Allah, the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)”, our promises to one another, … Continue reading Biryani’s Love for Jollof

Steps to Self Love With Zakia

Thank you to all who attended Steps to Self-Love with Zakia! The workshop was beautiful, honest and very much needed. At the start of the event, we discussed what self-love meant to everyone. A major recurring theme was that today’s society often forces us to judge ourselves and compare our journeys to that of others, which can impact the way we view ourselves and can determine … Continue reading Steps to Self Love With Zakia

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Lessons In Art

I recently stumbled across Hawwa’s Instagram page and I instantly fell in love with her photography, illustrations and the messages behind her art. I wanted to learn more about the woman behind the work and get some insight into her techniques. She describes herself as an ‘amateur’, hard to believe when you look at her work, but her self-deprecating humour makes her all the more endearing… Continue reading Lessons In Art