Ever tried Ramadan in a poem?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2019


I was very taken by Libyan-American Khaled Mattawa’s poem, which bears the simple title ‘Ramadan’. “This month the moon becomes a princess,” he writes, “The stars fan her,/ Jupiter pours cups of wine,/ Mars sings melancholy mawals./ Bearded men holding prayer beads and yellow booklets stare at her/ and point aching fingers at her waist.” … Continue reading “Ever tried Ramadan in a poem?”

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Muslims must weld themselves to wider communities in the face of Islamophobia

by Rashmee

Posted on June 25, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


The only certainty after the attack on worship­pers near London’s Finsbury Park mosque is that there will be more of the same. More attacks, whether copycat or retaliatory, by Islamist extremists or by those who hate Muslims. Sometimes, as at Finsbury Park, a visually distinct group of Muslims may be the obvious target. More often … Continue reading “Muslims must weld themselves to wider communities in the face of Islamophobia”

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In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem

by Rashmee

Posted on April 2, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Within hours of the March 22nd attack in London, politicians in parts of the Western world were calling for a ban on migration from the Middle East. It was an inflammatory and opportunistic demand and ludi­crously off the mark. The London attacker, Khalid Masood, was not from the Mid­dle East or North Africa. He was … Continue reading “In Europe, extremism is essentially a homegrown problem”

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Calling all charming Muslim men. Tiffany is the only Trump in the house to woo

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2017


Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter and a convert to Judaism for love of Jared Kushner, has called for “religious tolerance” after a new wave of threats against Jewish community centres. Which brings us to the insecurity faced by Muslims in America. Is there a Trump in the house to speak up for them? … Continue reading “Calling all charming Muslim men. Tiffany is the only Trump in the house to woo”

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Let’s cry wolf when we see one

by Rashmee

Posted on November 27, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


The list of Americans and others suspicious and fearful of US President-elect Donald Trump’s initial and intended appointments is long. Their complaints are numerous and mostly presented alongside hard facts. Retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn will be Trump’s national security adviser. He is described as Islamophobic based on his comments that Islam is a “cancer” and … Continue reading “Let’s cry wolf when we see one”

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In the American state of Utah, Mormons stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims

by Rashmee

Posted on November 4, 2016


Try inserting a cigarette paper between the Mormons and the Muslims and what do you get? A massive move against Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump in the American state of Utah. This is not to say that Utah’s Mormons plan to vote for Mr Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. They are planning to vote for Evan … Continue reading “In the American state of Utah, Mormons stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims”

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The implications of the Trump v Khan episode

by Rashmee

Posted on August 7, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


The debate on Muslims’ role in American life has returned to the centre of the US presidential election campaign because of Donald Trump’s ugly public spat with a family named Khan. This is no ordinary family in an America that has been ceaselessly at war for 15 years. Khizr and Ghazala Khan, originally from Pakistan, … Continue reading “The implications of the Trump v Khan episode”

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Trump may not have dared question Khans’ grief had their name been Kahn. Or Kuhn

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2016


This piece is for everyone wondering (and the many who may be hoping) Donald Trump has finally gone beyond the pale and that his supporters will reject him for his harsh, ethnically and religiously charged criticism of the Khans. After all, as the argument goes, the Khans are a Gold Star family, ie one whose son … Continue reading “Trump may not have dared question Khans’ grief had their name been Kahn. Or Kuhn”

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Why Trump says ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ when Khizr Khan is mentioned

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2016


What does “radical Islamic terrorism”, the buzzwords for Donald Trump, have to do with Khizr and Ghazala Khan? Let me put it another way. What does “radical Islamic terrorism”, the buzzwords for Mr Trump’s divisive, racially and religiously charged campaign for US president, have to do with the parents of a man who died while … Continue reading “Why Trump says ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ when Khizr Khan is mentioned”

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By pushing Muslims to the margins, Cruz & Trump would make US like Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on March 26, 2016


Ted Cruz and Donald Trump want to make the US more like Europe. They want to push Muslims to the margins and make it harder for them to integrate. Consider what the two Republican loonies are proposing in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks. Mr Cruz wants to “patrol and secure” Muslim neighborhoods in America … Continue reading “By pushing Muslims to the margins, Cruz & Trump would make US like Europe”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK