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.…

Exploring Paradise from a child’s imagination- A Review of Children’s Book Paradise is Oh so Nice

Review by Nadia Cassim   Book publisher, Prolance, has just released a book for children titled, Paradise is Oh so Nice by authoress Halimah Bashir. I love reviewing children’s books by Prolance simply because of the outstanding quality of books produced by talented and empowered Muslim women. The storytelling is always animated, bold and appealing…

Getting to know the talented Siddiqa Soofie

Interview with Neymat Raboobee   Siddiqa Soofie, a name that is quickly becoming a household favorite. She began posting comedy videos to the microblogging platform Instagram in August of 2018.  In the short time since then she has not only posted over a hundred skits, but also performed at several events. I sat down to…