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We Need to End the Stigma Surrounding Divorced Muslim Women

In 2019, the overall divorce rate of Muslims in the United States reached around 45 percent — which is not just grave, but sad as well. If anything, it’s the consequences projected by our culture that makes divorced women suffer and adds stigma to their lives. How the Stigma Manifests Muslim women oftentimes feel distant…

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POEM: Wear Me Down

When I left him, when I finally left that life,  That was when I stopped wearing my watch,  My rings,  My diamonds. I’d taken nothing, I’d left it all behind. I felt bare without it all Until I realised they’d been shackles. Someday, I might still wear a watch.  Rings.  Diamonds. But I’ll never let…

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Is This Actually Saudi’s Latest Attempt at Showing “Mercy”?

Imagine waking up to something which is meant to hold your love together. Something which is stereotyped as one of the most permanent things in a temporary world, completely gone. This isn’t a rare occurrence in Saudi Arabia. “Secret divorces” are when men choose to end their marriages without informing their wives when, why, or…

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I Can’t Fix My Marriage and It’s Not My Fault

Trigger warning:  This article contains descriptors of domestic violence. Divorce sucks. No one gets married thinking they are going to get divorced. When you are picking out your wedding outfits, and getting frustrated by the annoying WhatsApp back and forth for color swatches, you are thinking about how each part of your wedding is laying down…

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A Letter to Those Struggling After an Ended Marriage

Dear Warrior, Dear Survivor, Dear Jane-of-all-trades, Dear time management guru, (or aspiring one anyway!) Dear epitome of strength, of courage, of determination, I see you. I am you. And I get it. About two years ago, I ended an eight-year marriage. An eight-year cycle of gritting my teeth, faking a smile and bearing all kinds…

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Here Are the 3 Things You Should Do After a Divorce

Written by Nasema Begum, “The Dating Coach” It’s starting to dawn on you how great your ex-husband really was…You just can’t believe you had that thought! You’re out on the dating scene trying to meet someone new, someone better, someone who sees you for the potential you are, even beyond what you believe it to…

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Mistaking a Woman’s Trauma as Bitterness

It’s been nineteen years since I witnessed the first physical altercation between a man and a woman. Mom and my brother’s dad. Fifteen years since I saw my brother choke one of Mom’s temporary husbands because of yet another domestic dispute. Five years since I, myself, was incarcerated for domestic violence because that boy I…