2019 was a difficult year for most of us. Personally, it was one of my most challenging to date. Not only was I desperately trying to balance my career while still being a good mother to my daughters (who are six and nine respectively) but I suffered a personal loss while trying to keep the ball rolling with the magazine.
Without a doubt IRTIQA has made strides since the publication’s birth in 2012. Starting off with a small circulation of 500 magazines, we went online and now reach over 44000 unique reads per annum. It was never an easy road, but with the help of other strong women who didn’t mind sharing the spotlight, our team of competent writers and a great subscriber base, we have in my opinion rose from strength to strength. The magazine started off with a clear mandate- to empower, educate, challenge the norm and stimulate debate. There was a desperate need at the time for a Muslim Women’s magazine in South Africa that stepped out of the box and found affinity with the modern Muslim woman. There was also a desperate need to showcase Muslim women in a role beyond the submissive, demure and unconscious stereotype. I strongly believe that this need hasn’t changed. Our community remains deeply and unashamedly, patriarchal.
To date IRTIQA has hosted several events, amongst our most noteworthy being the art and poetry event at Constitution Hill, the Rise above Abuse workshop at Bosmont Masjid, The SA Muslim Women’s Short Story Competition and the IRTIQA Charity Cookoff. We have featured on several platforms such as SABC’s An Nur show, Let’s Talk, Finding me and iTrend on Itv, Voice of the Cape radio station, the Wits Vuvuzela publication, Lotus fm and CII to name just a few.
As founder and editor in chief of the magazine I have always endeavoured to put the interests of the public at the forefront of the agenda. There are many issues that need to be addressed and we will, as a team, continue striving to deal with them. There are empowered men and women who are emerging within our communities which we hope to showcase. They are the building-blocks and tapestry of our society.
We hope to continue raising our own standards in 2020 by investing in events, competitions and educational webinars aimed to encourage community cohesion and upliftment. If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, I encourage you to do so. You will not only be notified every time an article is published, but you will be invited personally to our events as well.
On a personal note, I wish that 2020 ushers a wave of continuous love, joy and success for you and your loved ones. For those who have suffered loss, I pray that the year ahead brings in much-needed healing. May the Almighty be a constant source of light throughout our good and bad times. Ameen.