Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.
We welcome submissions from members of the Muslim community in Singapore of all ethnicities, orientations, and hijab preferences to submit written pieces – poems, monologues, songs or even raps! Write about the issues you care about, the challenges you face spiritually or in your daily lives, and what your religion means to you. From issues on women’s rights, to generational clashes and love and relationships. Use this blog to let your personality and uniqueness shine ladies! Beyond the Hijab is a place to celebrate the trials, triumphs and even sometimes cringe-worthy awkwardness of being Muslim women. You can submit under a pseudonym if you want to maintain anonymity and submissions will not be reproduced in any way except with permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Mental Health
Life is a difficult thing to go through sometimes, and the sensitive can find it especially difficult in a world that punishes vulnerability and sensitivity. Going through difficult times in your life, or something traumatic, or simply being part of a marginalized group (whether in terms of gender, sexuality, income status, etc) can, and has been proven to, affect your mental health. Much of society still is caught in damaging, and simplistic myths when it comes to something like mental health, defining it in broad strokes as an individual being able to “persevere” and not be “weak” in the face of difficulty. The stigma faced by those who suffer from depression, anxiety or other issues that affect a person’s mental health, is something we need to consistently challenge.
What has been your experience in your struggle with mental health as a Singaporean Muslim woman? For many, religion is a comfort they turn to in times of trial, providing a great source of strength. For others, the language of religion has been used against them to insinuate that their struggle is due to a lack of faith, or that they simply need to “pray more”. What has been your experience, and what do you think are the major challenges for a Muslim woman in such a situation? What do we need to talk about, and how do we improve the discussion? What is the story that people need to know before they simply dismiss your experience as a lack of strength or faith? How can the community better support those who suffer?
As long as your story fits the theme, we would love to hear it.
You have until 8th April to submit.
Looking forward to hearing your stories
- All pieces must be original and submitted in the English language, unless you can provide a translation.
- Submissions must be between 600 – 2000 words.
- Authors must Singaporean or PR and be members of the Muslim community in Singapore.
- If selected, your piece may go through an editing process. We may request some changes or edits, but only because we want the strength of your piece to be fully realised!
- We provide an honorarium for selected pieces.
- Submit below or email your submission as a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org