The Patriarchy Lives in my Home

By Zainub Hussain   It is 9:53 pm. My husband is vainly trying to coax out every last bit of energy from our twenty month old baby by reading him a bedtime story in a voice that oozes both exhaustion and just the barest hint of please-shut-the-hell-up-and-go-to-SLEEP. I feel a sadistic twist of happiness. My…

Practicing a conscious Ramadan

By Nadia Cassim   Consciousness, also known by the terms enlightenment and awareness, according to Eckhart Tolle (one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers at the moment) can be achieved through Presence¹. According to Tolle, Presence is “still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions”². By practicing Presence a human being can “sense the divine…

Spending time with the dynamic Tasneem Valley

Interview with Razeena Docrat   I was fortunate enough to pin down Tasneem Valley for a much-needed spa moment.  Between rocking the fashion and beauty industry, cooking meals for her family and meeting the requirements of her day job, Tasneem was gracious enough to accommodate me. If there is anything that I came away with…

The Unpopular Opinion

By Faathima. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Irtiqa Magazine. The purpose of this article is to share an opinion and to spark debate in a respectful manner   I once liked a guy who told me that I was not allowed to go to university.…