Friday, July 13, 2012

Article in emel

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     I was recently featured in this article ghostwritten by Chelsea Toledo in the July 2012 issue of emel, a UK-based Muslim lifestyle magazine with subscribers in over 60 countries and mainstream distribution in the UK, US, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
     Thank you, Chelsea Toledo and emel!

The article is narrated from my point of view and is mostly composed of clippings from my blog, which you may recognize.

With Hardship Comes Ease | Real Lives | July 2012 | emel - the muslim lifestyle magazine

A little more about emel:

emel is a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle magazine with an ethical and progressive outlook that has a Muslim focus; there is no other magazine like it. It has captured the imagination of many people from Royalty to Downing Street.

Launched in September 2003, emel is exceptional in its presentation, message and outlook.

Combining high quality with exciting features, the magazine covers everything from current affairs to big name interviews, profiles of outstanding people to converts to Islam, health and finance, education and environment, interior design and gardening, technology and motoring, food and fashion.

The magazine has had an outstanding reception, by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and has extensive media interest with features in the Time Magazine, The Times, the Sunday Times, the Wall Street Journal, London Evening Standard, and Turkish, Malaysian, Dutch, Swiss, Iranian and Japanese newspapers. In addition, programmes have been broadcast about emel by the BBC, CNN and other international media.

Most notably emel’s interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury made global front-page headlines and created a lively debate.

The Oxford University academic Timothy Garton Ash wrote in the Guardian that emel “not only informs wider society about Muslims, but also makes a point about wider society itself.”

Emel is for the reader who wishes to combine an ethical outlook to life with evolving ideas and modern lifestyle. Emel has quickly gained credibility as a source of information, inspiration and debate.


  1. Wow, that's so cool! Congratulations! Great article, Mashallah.

    p.s. huge fan of your blog.