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Mariya bint Rehan

Mariya bint Rehan

Mariya is a writer and illustrator from London, with a background in Policy and Research and Development in the voluntary sector. She has written and illustrated a children’s book titled The Best Dua which is available internationally.

Muslims have been so dehumanised that our death is expected and accepted for the comfort of the Western world, writes Mariya bint Rehan.

20 February, 2024

Macron’s government continues to shift further right, forcing Muslims to pay the price. But the disproportionate attacks on the minority group reinforce the contradictions of France's secularism & defence of individual liberties, writes Mariya B.R.

15 September, 2023

Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s statements about ‘grooming gangs’ are a racist dog whistle & an attempt to distract from the Tories' failures. They have been in power for years yet child sexual abuse persists in the UK, argues Mariya bint Rehan.

04 April, 2023

Charlie Hebdo’s offensive cartoon depicting the Turkey-Syria earthquake which has claimed almost 22,000 lives is a reflection of the dehumanisation and racism that is deeply ingrained in French and European society, writes Mariya bint Rehan.

10 February, 2023

The new national census results reveal a growth of multiculturalism in the UK, but behind the numbers are deeper questions about empire, belonging, and 'British-ness', writes Mariya bint Rehan.

20 December, 2022

The long racist history of silencing Muslim women can be traced back to early orientalist texts. Today, they are used by Western leaders to justify international horrors and forced to be extensions of state surveillance, writes Mariya bin Rehan.

23 November, 2022

Islamophobia Awareness Month: Mariya bint Rehan writes about the tragic impact of Prevent on Muslim families, especially children who have been disproportionately targeted by the duty. Their trauma continues to be ignored.

16 November, 2022

Mariya bint Rehan explains why the government scrapping efforts to define islamophobia only fuels a narrative that demonises Muslims. The case of far-right Dover petrol bomber who wanted to “obliterate Muslim children” should serve as a warning.

08 November, 2022

Watching familiar faces like John Cleese reveal their Islamophobia and join GB News may shake our sense of belonging as British Muslims, but despite the initial despair, can actually provide clarity and liberation, writes Mariya bint Rehan.

17 October, 2022

From Sheep-related jokes for Eid, to surreal floral daily Islamic greetings, Mariya bint Rehan explains how the Muslim meme offers a creative, amusing and heart-warming escape from a world of rising hostility towards Muslims, especially in the West.

05 September, 2022