I write about feminist and social justice issues, about how I was forced to ‘convert’ to Islam as a child, and about the years of religious misogyny that followed.
Eventually I rejected the religion that had been imposed on me, this resulted in disownment, isolation, disconnection and vulnerability. It was only when I started to blog that things shifted. My writing has connected me with others in a similar position and it’s taught me that the trauma caused by misogynistic ideology is real.
Despite the backlash from some Muslims and cultural relativists, and the silence from feminists with a platform, there are growing numbers of women and men, all over the world, who battle to escape enforced religion.
Initially I wrote to heal. Now I write because I want others to know they’re not alone. There should be no shame in leaving Islam, or in discussing the misogyny, isolation, coercion, oppression & disownment that is too often justified using Islamic doctrine.
To the girls and women suffering because of male interpretations of modesty, honour, and purity, know this: you deserve more.