Freedom from the Forbidden

All things gender and Islam. No bigotry is allowed in this feminist territory. #DeathToPatriarchy

Why do so many Pakistanis hate Malala?

Pakistan has to be the most creative country in the world with its conspiracy theorists. Look them up if you’re interested, but I’m most fascinated by the anti-Malala rhetoric being produced in Pakistan or by Pakistanis outside of the country. Believe it – there are humans (Pakistanis) with plenty of time on their hands to hate a teenager with passion, manipulate her story, and mislead other fellow Pakistanis. It’s not […]

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A Hadith on an “Effeminate” Man

Next time someone dares to tell you that Islam doesn’t recognize the existence of multiple genders and that it’s unnatural for people to behave in a way that everyone else in their gender group seems to behave in, at least in public. A story related in Qushayri’s Risala (trans. Knysh, pg 154): It is related on the authority of Abd al-Wahhab b. Abd al-Majid al-Thaqafi that he said: “Once I […]

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Why Malala Yousafzai Deserved the Nobel Peace Prize – and stop simplifying her story, folks.

Because today, December 10, 2014, is the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, and Malala is there along with many other Pashtuns. The post below is basically copied and pasted from my Facebook status about the matter. Since it wasn’t intended as a formal write-up and was written in a rush, there may be many typos and disjointed thoughts. Apologies in advance for those. SO INFINITELY PROUD that Malala has won the […]

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Who is the Bibi Shirina in Sardar Ali Takkar’s new song, “Ta Bibi Shirina Ye”?

I’ve just found out that Sardar Ali Takkar, one of the most beautiful, most important musicians of all time, will be performing at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony tomorrow, December 10th; Malala Yousafzai personally invited him to sing this song along with the unofficial national anthem of the Pukhtuns–Ay Zama Watana (I know, I know – it bothers me, too, that it’s basically all men in this song as though […]

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Police terrorism against blacks in America

Pre-script: In the post below, I keep using the murdered individuals’ full names because that’s their identity; their full names need to stick with us. Look them up for more information to keep yourself informed and see how you can help their causes. By now, the whole world should be aware that America’s “justice” systems allows white police officers to murder black people and get away with it (note to […]

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Pashtuns bringing up “shame” in the kidnapping of the 26+ Pashtun girls

The latest news regarding anything my people (the Pukhtuns) is that at least 26 girls from the Bajaur Agency (Pakistan side of the border) were discovered today, November 26th, in a home in Karachi, a home where they were being kept captive. The girls are between the ages of 8 and 10 and do not speak Urdu. One man and two women are currently in custody for interrogation. It looks […]

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Wise words from 5-year-old Kashmala

For the past several months, I’ve been going through some shit. That includes losing people/friends that I regret losing (no, don’t be like, “Well, they weren’t worth your friendship in the first place if they had to choose to get out of your life,” or, “Oh, well – their loss!” No, it’s their loss, maybe, but it’s my loss, too, and I’m not okay with that), and some other stuff. […]

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The difference between “Pathan” and “Pashtun”/”Pakhtun”

Pasting this from the old bloggie. (lolz @ the writing style … I’m pasting it as it was originally written for my own amusement.) P.S. There’s a vibrant discussion taking place under the original posting over at my blogger blog. Click here to read it. A Formspring question! Yay! I edited it slightly by removing a part of it just because the public doesn’t need to know that. What’s the […]

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What exactly does “be yourself, be YOU” mean?

I’m doing a whole bunch of thinking about myself lately, so expect more of this kind of blogs. I try to keep away from sharing personal reflections in my blog, but to hell with it all now; I’ll write about whatever I want and whatever needs to be said. This particular matter is about what exactly “be yourself, be you” (sometimes “Girrrl, be you, do you!” I like both, whatevz) […]

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Muslim feminists at the intersection of Islam and Feminism

I have been a feminist ever since I began to engage with patriarchy as a conscious human being. That was also the same time when I realized that I was not the only woman struggling for space to breathe in a misogynistic world that strives to suck out every spirit of being from women, from people of color, from “minorities.” This started in my late teenage years when I began […]

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