This year, Edinburgh ran its first ever Ramadan Radio. During weekends, time was earmarked for 'Women's programmes' which included the usual menu of discussions on education, child-rearing and women's health. Hardly original, but at least it's a start!
|'This continues to be a gem of a publication, which captures the lives of ordinary Muslims, warts and all, and through so doing lives up to its title of the Muslim lifestyle magazine.'
Far more surprising was an email I received a few weeks ago soliciting suggestions for next Ramadan's 'Women's programmes'. Whilst certainly pleased to see such advanced planning (I am as you will no doubt have guessed more accustomed to an approach to participate at the 11th hour), I was somewhat taken aback by its content, which enquired whether it would be 'Islamic' to discuss issues such as cooking, entertainment and sport etc. Needless to say I still haven't responded, but it has been playing on my mind ever since.
On receiving the November / December issue of emel, the penny finally dropped. The beaming face of Ahmed Ahmed one of only a handful of genuinely funny Western Muslim comedians adorns the front cover enticing readers in. And what does one find on flicking through the pages of this carefully crafted and highly engaging magazine? Yes, serious issues such as the disproportionate numbers of Muslims in UK prisons, marriage, Médecins Sans Frontières are certainly covered to a very high standard. But issues such as interior design, cuisine, sport, gardening and fashion are also featured, as they should, for these too are all integral to living life as a Muslim in Britain.
This continues to be a gem of a publication, which captures the lives of ordinary Muslims, warts and all, and through so doing lives up to its title of the Muslim lifestyle magazine. Now back to responding to that email