The Unbreakable Bond

the following short story is by Azima Mohamed Patel, the winner of the 2019 SA Muslim Women’s Short Story Competition.   I looked on intently. Would this be the time? I had been hoping, praying, waiting… Hell, I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t want this so badly. My soul ached for it…

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…