Equal Entrance Blog

  • Those who Inspire Us — Even After They're Gone

    Nadia Saba Qazi (Oct 30, 1984 - June 17, 2021) was a loving daughter, sister, friend, aunt, teacher, educator, bridge builder, community leader, fierce feminist, humble humanitarian and a well rounded human being. Our hearts are aching at her untimely death and we miss her dearly.
  • The Double Standard Muslims Won’t Talk About

    In Canada, Madiha, a Pakistani Muslim environmental engineer, along with her family had her life cut short. A white supremacist attacked and killed her and her family with his truck. On June 12, they were laid to rest in London, Ontario. In Pakistan, a large mob opposed the burial of an Ahmadi Muslim grandma in her ancestral village. As a Pakistani, Ahmadi Muslim, immigrant to north America, both of these incidents painfully hit home. 
  • When Art is your Refuge—the View from Palestine

    By Fatina Odeh As a Palestinian Muslim woman with a head covering who was born and raised in Israel, I had many questions about my identity. My art...
  • Maintaining Prayers in the Pandemic

    For a Muslim, a mosque is the principal place to worship, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures and God does not only live inside a mosque. He is all around us. We adapted the way we prayed according to the situation throughout the pandemic, and this kept us close to God in the same way as going to a mosque would have done, and will do, once the situation is safe enough to fully open mosques again.
  • Heaven Found under the Feet of Mothers

    May this pandemic be a wake up call for us to take care of our parents, especially mothers. They deserve much more than a single Mothers Day celebration. Let's give them the pleasure of being close to us, even if it is a meaningful FaceTime call. Let's listen to the tales of their childhood and youth without being annoyed. Lets make each day of the year, Mothers day, for heaven is under their feet.
  • A Head-On Encounter With Anti Ahmadi Hate in London

    On Thursday September 24th, 2020, at the age of twenty-one, I had my first major face-to-face encounter with sectarian intolerance. By September 27th, I had filed a police report against the man who had intimidated me.
  • Selling Data or Selling Access? Privacy in the modern world

    During the month of Ramadan we are encouraged to keep a self check of our behavior, and make improvements.  We also serve humanity more.  Some of these improvements we make privately to gain nearness to our Creator.  In this respect, a bit of privacy goes a long way to increase our self respect and ego-less reflection.  After all, if you can't be real to yourself how can you be truly honest on social media?
  • 8 Muslim Women-Owned Brands You Shouldn’t Miss this Ramadan

    Ramadan is here and soon we'll be counting down days for Eid. While major brands make big bucks at this time of the year, small businesses end up feeling empty handed. Leading small businesses ourselves, we understand the struggle. We at Equal Entrance are happy to introduce you to these newly launched small-business owners and hope you give them a look!
  • Test of Human Character: A Year of COVID-19

    Fazeela talks about how the one year of Covid-19 has highlighted some hidden aspects of human nature that would not have been known to us other wise. It was certainly a year of greed and sacrifice, extra care and carelessness, frustration over being unproductive and recognizing the need for routine, being lonely and the reliance on community despite being socially distant.
  • French Hijab Ban: A Personal Narrative

    A personal narrative of a Hijab wearing mom who accompanied her child to a school trip, something French parliament voted to ban.
  • The African Dream

    Comparing the rights and status of women in Tanzania to the veiled xenophobia and Islamophobia in the USA, I can’t help but feel that all too often, our American values of equality are too much in name and not enough in action.

  • The Rise of Domestic Violence During Covid-19 Lockdown

    In Virginia, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Similarly, 1 in every 3 women faces some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. 

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