“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 135]
The Brown Hijabi:
Suhaiymah is a 22 year old Muslim woman and third-generation Pakistani migrant to the UK. Born in Bradford, raised and state-schooled in Leeds, graduated from a history degree at Cambridge University, studying Postcolonial Studies at SOAS 2016-2017.
She writes and speaks about politics, race, gender, feminism, Islam, being visibly Muslim, Eurocentric academia, decolonising minds/bodies and more. The aim of this blog is to create space. Space for her voice and space to be able to think.
In relation to writing, featuring, speaking, performing poetry or other use the following:
– Fly Girls of Cambridge blog, https://flygirlsofcambridge.com/.
– The Independent, ‘Burkini Ban’ article, 24/08/2016.
– The Cambridge Student, ‘Taste of Ramadan’, 5 week column, 2014.
– Wandsworth Radio, ‘She Speaks with Katy Davis’, 11/12/2016.
– BBC Asian Network, ‘Soch of the Week’, from 2:15:00, 19/1/2017.
– BBC Asian Network, ‘Reports’, from 05:42, 11/5/2017.
– sister-hood, ‘Nothing ‘neutral’ about the hijab ban’, 28/03/2017.
– Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final 2017, 2nd place, 8/07/2017.
Suhaiymah is a student on full scholarship. If her writing has been enjoyable, validating or educative to you then please consider compensating her labours through this link. All contributions can be made anonymously.
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