Sufiya Ahmed

Award winning author of Secrets of the Henna Girl.

Sufiya Ahmed is the award winning author of the Young Adult novel Secrets of the Henna Girl, published by Puffin Books.
She is also a public speaker on girls rights.

Don't Lump Muslims With Jacob Rees-Mogg On Abortion After Rape - We're Not That Extreme

The 'What if a Muslim had said this' argument implies that Muslims secretly agree with Mr Rees-Mogg, but are just too frightened to voice their real views. This is simply not true. Muslims have not stood up to claim that they disagree with a raped woman's abortion simply because they do not believe that. The vast majority of the 1.6billion Muslims in the world do not believe that ALL abortion is forbidden. Yes, you read that correctly.
12/09/2017 17:32 BST

A Faith Message Devoid Of Grace

To the millions of people (mostly Americans in the rust belt, I'd say) who know little to nothing about Islam, it would be forgivable for them to assume that Ramadan, the Muslim month of charity, piety and fasting, is actually all about weeding out terrorists who would kill Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
02/06/2017 16:33 BST

A Rebel Against The Chastity Belt

In Somalia it is called 'Pharaohs' because it was introduced three thousand years ago by the Pharaohs. I have type 3. It was done to me so I could be presented with proof as a virgin to my husband on my wedding night. It is the husband's prize and it is his job to force himself inside
18/10/2016 16:46 BST

A Letter To Noor Tagouri

The storm will eventually die down, InshaAllah, and by the time it does you will have gained new ideas that otherwise might not have crossed your path. It is within this perspective that I hope you will consider my reasons for entering this debate. I am writing to you not because I share your faith, but because I share your gender.
28/09/2016 12:47 BST

Sharia Councils - A Parallel Legal System For Women Or A Requirement Of Faith?

I am sure my friend's friend will be granted her decree by the Sharia council one day. The procedure has dragged and cost her money and non-stop stress. Yet it is a path she has insisted on because of her faith. She wants to break the religious contract with the father of her children. Only then will she believe herself to be free to marry again if she wishes.
22/09/2016 11:59 BST

What Is The Difference Between A Burkini And A Scuba Diving Suit?

All these men suffer from the Entitlement disease which comes with the male belief that the Y chromosome gives them the right to dictate their preferences on us women. I have always dismissed such Muslim men as insignificant nobodies who cannot affect me or my choices. Sadly, the power that the mayoralty affords David Lisnard does affect my choice.
21/08/2016 20:17 BST