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Editor’s Welcome

Living My Faith – Ramadan and Beyond Assalaam alaykum/Peace be with you, Welcome to our first issue of Young Muslimah Magazine (YMM), the free online magazine for aspiring Muslimah readers aged thirteen and over, and for aspiring writers – YMM is designed to provide a career ground for new writers as well as to provide…

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Your Ultimate Self-Help Book

Our Islamic Editor Nadia Leona Yunis shares insights into overcoming sad feelings when Ramadan comes towards its end – you may want to save this one for Ramadan’s last ten days or prepare in advance and read it now This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of…

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To Talk or Not to talk?

Ayesha Yahya says talk Have you ever felt like you want to talk to some one but no one will understand? You have parents but they’re too busy or they won’t see your side of things. You have friends but they have their own issues or they’re always on Facebook, or on their phones, so…

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Ramadan Detox: Thoughts of an Addict

Maria Limehouse sat outside before maghrib salah (evening ritual prayer) and remembered. With tea and chocolate in hand, she looked around at the beautiful green leaves of summer, inhaled their smell deeply, and relaxed. She used to sit outside at this time of day regularly When I was learning about Islam I was saddened by…

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A Very British Ramadan

As a young Muslimah born and bred in the West, Shabana Diouri soon came to realise that her ideals of the perfect Islamic lifestyle could sometimes be challenged by the demands of British life My experience of the basic foundations of Islam was quite different from the way experiences were portrayed in the Islamic books…

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Exercising Differences

In June 2013 Anna Reich got the best personal training job she could have wished for when three young girls from Jeddah in Saudi winged their way over to London to see the sights – and sweat buckets I was contacted by the family’s assistant asking me to pitch ideas that would keep three girls…

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Green-Up Your Summer Activities

Summer can be a really perfect time to reconnect with nature. Wardah Abbas provides tips for a fun-filled holiday during this season in the greenest ways “It’s summer! No more School assignments for now, so we’ve got enough time for our premier league on play station.” I saw the excitement on the face of my…

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Secrets of a Green Beautician: ACV

Wardah Abbas has been having fun ever since she launched her appearance into the green world. She loves beautiful things and beautiful people too ACV’S BEAUTY MAGIC WAND As much as I have always wanted to look extraordinary on my own part, it had always been trial and error with body lotions, body scrubs, cleansers,…

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Opening the Fast with Open Arms

Ayesha Yahya reflects on the loss of vital ingredients for barakah (blessings) in her local iftars (meals for opening the fast) over recent years and offers a recipe for improving the situation In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful. So the month of Ramadan is just around the corner alhamdulillah and…

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When Somebody Believes in You – Part One

For some time, Zeshan Akhter had wanted to find out more about early pioneers from other lands who had travelled to Scotland and made their homes there. So when she heard about a Black History Month talk that was taking place at Edinburgh University Chaplaincy, she dropped everything to attend because it seemed like a…

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When Somebody Believes in You – Part Two

For some time, Zeshan Akhter had wanted to find out more about early pioneers from other lands who had travelled to Scotland and made their homes there. So when she heard about a Black History Month talk that was taking place at Edinburgh University Chaplaincy, she dropped everything to attend because it seemed like a…

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Gum Knocks Out Facebook in Round One

Writing Woes and Wows: Hend Hegazi shares a peak inside her writer’s world and some valuable tips for keeping focussed within yours All great writing starts with a thought, an idea, an epiphany. Mostly these ideas come to me as I’m drifting off into sleep. (Apparently my brain doesn’t realize that sleep means ‘to rest,’…

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The Guiding Light

Saira Anwar expresses her dependence upon Allah through poetry The Guiding Light You’re the one that guided me. When I was lost in the darkness of light. When I was adrift on a sea of doubt and lost in hope. You were my strength. You were one who heard my cry for help when my…

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In His Praise

Sabeeha Parack uses poetry to reflect upon her relationship with Allah subhana wa ta’ala (glorified and exalted be He) In His Praise My closest confidant are you, A power deep within. Oh Allah, In your praise, Where shall I possibly begin? You know what thought runs in my mind, You know what I shall be. You…

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Fiction – Charity

Maria Limehouse shares an excerpt from a YA novel she is currently drafting Charity “Sister, if you want to break into the market, you should do reclaimed stuff. I’m only buying this ’cause it’s for charity.” Her bracelets chink together as she rummages around in her pink sequinned bag. I check my display of handmade…