Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.
We welcome all submissions from members of the Muslim community of all nationalities, 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 reproduced in any way except with permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Marriage 💍
Marriage is a personal affair between two people, but it also involves multiple institutions, including that of the state, the family, and religion. One thing that is consistent is the burden of expectation placed on women to marry, and afterwards, to behave appropriately after marriage. The way these institutions intersect thus leave women with expectations on multiple fronts to manage.
These days, marriage is no longer the crass economic, political, or social exchange it used to be. Nevertheless, many of the expectations and roles tied up with marriage still persist. In Islam, some hadiths profess marriage to be half of one’s faith, leaving the impression that the unmarried are thus incomplete in their practice of faith. Girls still grow up conditioned to view marriage as a goal, and failure to fulfil this goal is often seen as a personal flaw or a failure to be loved, regardless of her personal achievements.
What are the roles and expectations that you may struggle with, or have managed to reconciled, when it comes to marriage?
As long as your story fits the theme, we would love to hear it.
You have until 31st January 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 be members of the Muslim community living 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