We Are Closed Alhamdulillah

​Assalaam alaykum,

Bismillah,

book shelf bintyounusIt has been months since we published anything, hasn’t it? Why is that? Well, we are officially closing the magazine alhamdulillah.

When I stopped publishing articles mid way through the ‘Difficult Discussions’ issue in the spring, I didn’t realise it was the end. So I didn’t say anything about it to you. But it was.

Alhamdulillah, since we started Young Muslimah Magazine (YMM) in 2014, other teams of people have done a fantastic job of making online, accessible reading and writing opportunities available to teens and twenties Muslimahs.

My goal with this magazine was to do what I can to help young Muslimahs have your identity represented, a safe space to reflect and ‘mature’ (which none of us need outgrow doing!), and a means to take ownership of some media.

Alhamdulillah, in partnership with Nadia Leona Yunis, our Islamic Editor, I have been able to facilitate a few writers to reach young readers in this way, and we have published some new writers. It has been an honour, alhamdulillah.

But my resources and expertise in this field are limited. Others are doing a bigger job of meeting your needs now. My energy is better spent supporting their work than struggling to continue with this project.

Alhamdulillah, I have asked a few editors to write to you. Below, Brooke Benoit of SISTERS Magazine (now freely online, not in print) reflects on our closure and speaks my feelings better than I can, and both Rahma K of Muslimaat Magazine and Saadia Faruqi of Blue Minaret invite you to read and submit work to their publications. I hope you will check out their websites and find benefit insha’Allah.

Book stack buntyounusAnd, of course, I hope you keep reading books too. Here’s a beautiful stack photographed by writer Zainab Bint Younus to get you started :) Also, above is one of her shelfies.

A huge thank you to all of the contributors to this magazine – writers, poets, interviewees, and reviewers. You have been a pleasure to work with. Please forgive me for my
shortcomings.

Thanks so much to you, our readers, for all of your support of this magazine, masha’Allah.

JazakAllahkhayr.

Insha’Allah the website will remain as an archive for a few months. The Twitter account has closed. But the Facebook page will merge with the page ‘Nadia Leona Yunis‘ so you can stay connected with her positivity insha’Allah :)

Alhamdulillah for all of the barakah in this project and for all the barakah in its closing.

Ma salaama,
Elizabeth Lymer, former Editor of Young Muslimah Magazine

So, where online shall you read now?..

SISTERS Magazine

Asalam alaikum,

Dear Editors (and Readers) of Young Muslimah Magazine,

I am truly sorry to hear about your venture discontinuing. While we see magazines and websites by and for Muslims frequently pop up and then disappear, I really thought you guys were in it for the long haul. We all –readers and writers – know that you are wanted and needed. Very wanted and needed. There are tons of well educated, young and media-loving Muslims eager for quality content made just for them. And since women statistically read a little more than men, well that makes a site like YMM all the more needed. Because you knew all of this before you started, and obviously care about your readers and the quality of your content, I really thought YMM was going to make it. Your site is great, masha Allah! So I just want you to know that this closure is not your fault. Really it isn’t.

Muslim-made media is at an interesting, though still unstable, point in history. Many of the older generations still do not value ‘casual’ reading. They also don’t understand the need for making connections and community online. They certainly don’t appreciate The Arts, unless we are talking about designing a minaret at its utmost height while meeting zoning limits. And unfortunately the elders are the ones with the most advertising dollars, which they don’t want to spend in general and especially not on frivolous media or websites (even though this is a proven viable business practice!). The younger generations know this about the elders and so they continue to subvert the problem, creating their own media and communities via Tumblr, YouTube, Snapshot and so on.

YMM Editors, thank you so much for brief but commendable contribution. Masha Allah it is really appreciated. I’m sorry that we failed you.

YMM Readers, keep writing your blogs, opening your own websites and doing your own thing! Every little bit you do is appreciated and even if you aren’t into it for the long haul, every little bit you create is another brick in that lush library made by and for us.

With much love and respect,

Brooke Benoit,
Web Editor, SISTERS Magazine

Muslimaat Magazine

Asalaam o alaikum Sisters,We, at Muslimaat Magazine would like to invite you to write for us. Muslimaat Magazine is a quarterly international publication, i.e print and online, dedicated to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of Muslimaat across the globe. We are always on a lookout for writers who can tackle topics that are relevant to our readers (Muslim women) in ways that are interesting, unique and thought provoking. Please visit us at www.muslimaat.net to know more about us.
Maria Karim,

Managing Editor, Muslimaat Magazine

Blue Minaret

Assalamo alaikum,
At Blue Minaret we aim to promote a sense of identity among Muslims writers and artists by providing a space for showcasing their talent and networking with each other. We also try to do our part in challenging the typical Islamophobic/colonial/minority narrative around Muslims by offering an alternative portrait through fiction, poetry and art. We would like the rest of the world to see Muslims as normal, ordinary, flawed individuals with the same successes and struggles, the same disappointments and joys, as everybody else.

Please visit our website at http://www.blueminaret.com/ or send us your submissions at submissions@blueminaret.com.

Regards,
Saadia Faruqi,
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Minaret

​You may also want to know about these Muslimah online publications…

Muslim Girl

Muslimah Writers Alliance blog

​Moments of Perfect Clarity

Again, from Nadia Leona Yunis and I, thank you for all your support. May Allah SWT put barakah into your reading and writing for His pleasure, ameen.

​{Recite in the name of your Lord who created}​
The Qur’an, Surah Al-’Alaq, Chapter of the clot, 96:1


Young Muslimah Magazine http://www.youngmuslimahmagazine.com

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