As Muslim Girl starts 2022 with new conversations, we decided to reflect on the top 10 most-read articles from 2021.
This past year was full of events; some were delightful and lighthearted, whereas others were heartbreaking and heavy.
That said, 2021 was a year when Muslim Girl witnessed more Muslim women being unapologetically themselves, opening more of the meaningful conversations that make our community thrive, and reinforcing diversity in opinions more than ever before.
And so to celebrate Muslim Girl’s biggest achievements in 2021, here’s a list of our top 10 articles that sum up the entire year.
10. WHY MUSLIMS MUST OPPOSE THE ABORTION BAN
The abortion ban stirred a lot of controversy across the United States. And our Muslim community was no exception.
That was why a coalition of Muslim American organizations wrote an open letter to our Muslim community to spread awareness on why opposing the abortion ban was imperative.
9. WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT FORCED MARRIAGES?
In 2021, we tapped into a lot of meaningful conversations where we could debunk one of the major myths about our Muslim community: that culture and Islam are not the same.
There are a lot of norms in our Muslim culture that, ironically, go against the rules prescribed for us in Islam. And as more and more of the previously taboo conversations are brought to light, it was Muslim Girl’s time to address the controversy of forced marriages in Muslim communities across the world.
And so, the question is: Does Islam really support forced marriages?
8. 4 POWERFUL DUAS FOR GRIEF
Managing grief has been a huge part of our daily lives in 2021. We’d all lost something or someone we truly care about. Some of us wanted to seek solitude to cope with the loss, while others tried to act normal and move on.
But at the end of the day, making duas for grief has helped all of us make it through until the end of the year.
7. 9 FEMALE QUR’AN RECITERS WHO UPLIFT US
Ramadan in 2021 highlighted amazing initiatives taken by Muslim women.
One of Muslim Girl’s most prominent highlights was witnessing these nine heartwarming female Qur’an reciters who uplift a lot of Muslims from all over the world.
6. CANCEL ADAM SALEH OVER RAPE ALLEGATIONS, NOT ALLEGED CONSENSUAL SEX
As we look back at this story, we remember that this is one of the conversations that we’re still carrying with us for 2022. This story reminds us of how power can give you privilege as a predator over survivor(s).
It’s not about canceling a controversial figure for the sake of it. It’s about making sure that we stand up against rape culture, and provide a safer community for every one of us, regardless of our differences.
Sexual assault is never justified, even if you disagree with the identity of the survivor. In fact, the one quality that defines justice is that it does not involve bias. If there’s bias, then this is not justice.
5. OUR NEW SNAPCHAT SHOW TELLS EVERYONE WHAT ‘MUSLIM GIRL SAYS’
Another delightful experience Muslim Girl had in 2021 was launching its then-brand-new series on Snapchat, called “Muslim Girl Says.”
Alongside Muslim women creators and influencers, Muslim Girl founder Amani answered all your questions about Ramadan, Eid, dating, and relationships — just to name a few.
4. 12 MUSLIM WOMEN WARRIORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Last year was also the year when more conversations were sparked about whether or not Islam really oppresses women. As part of the Muslim community, we know that Muslim women are truly elevated in Islam.
This is one of Muslim Girl’s most important conversations as we tapped into the stories of 12 Muslim women warriors laid out by Ali Olomi, a professor and historian of Middle Eastern and Islamic history and host of the #HeadOnHistory podcast.
3. 17 CELEBRITIES POSTING IN SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE
Living under oppression and occupation for so many years has been brutal for Palestinians, but 2021 was an especially challenging year. However, 2021 was also the year we saw more and more celebrities standing up against the injustices being done to Palestinians. Besides the Hadid family, who have always been at the forefront of supporting Palestine, we’ve witnessed much more support from people of diverse backgrounds.
We’ve witnessed iconic figures like Roger Waters of Pink Floyd calling the Israeli occupation an apartheid state.
And… let’s not forget about DJ Khaled’s bizarre behavior when he copied and pasted Mohamed Hadid’s post as a message of supporting Palestine.
2. SZA THINKS ABOUT WEARING HIJAB “ALL THE TIME”
This is a huge throwback to our #MuslimWomensDay celebrations, when SZA met with Muslim Girl’s founder, Amani, and opened up about her life as a Muslim in the post-9/11 era — from connecting with Allah and wanting to wear hijab, to smoking weed, and doing all the things!
1. IT’S 420, SO WE ASKED MUSLIMS IF THEY SMOKE WEED IN RAMADAN
This piece marks the time when Muslim Girl began to explore more and more of the previously considered censored topic, like the use of marijuana in Islam; specifically during Ramadan.
Interestingly enough, Muslims reported their use of marijuana for a variety of reasons!
It’s Time to Kiss 2021 Goodbye!
Yes, 2021 is over. But as we look back at it, we know that our achievements as a community will remain alive for so many decades to come.