Is it coz I’m Muslim?

Hello and Salaams!

This page is now being revised and edited for inclusion in my upcoming book, published by Beacon Books!

Do look out for a link to pre-order, coming soon.

Peace and Love,

Sidra Ansari

PS To help me on my journey to enoughism I will write down 3 things I am grateful for at the end of each post.  These are:

  1.  All the beautiful loving people in our lives who love and accept us all, just the way we are.
  2.  Coming back to this small town in the Black Country this summer and despite having lived in 7 different areas of the UK in my life, feeling like I’ve come home.
  3. Amazing inspiring muslim women, including Dalia and Yasmin Mogahed, Nadiya Hussain and Ayisha Malik, Mariah Idrissi, Bushra Shaikh, Farhana Shaikh and all the other fantastic muslim women out there who refuse to bend to the stereotype. Thank you for being such a huge inspiration and for being yourselves.

Since you’re here I have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the than ever but advertising revenues are non-existent. And unlike many lifestyle magazines, I haven’t put up a paywall – I want to keep my writing as open as I can. So you can see why I need to ask for your help. These posts take a lot of time and hard work to produce. It would be amazing if you could help fund me by donating a coffee a two to keep me going! Please press here to give.

Published by Sidra Ansari

Sidra Ansari is a freelance writer for hire and a teacher. Although she was born in Manchester, she has lived in many places in the U.K including London, North Wales, Birmingham and Leicester. She now lives in the Black Country and dreams of living by the sea once again- a seagull being her preferred muse. She has been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize and was selected for WriteNow Live, the Penguin Mentoring Program for underrepresented writers. She works for the Mud Season Review as a Creative Non Fiction Reader and has work published in the inaugural Desert Rose Lit Magazine. Her self development book ‘Finding Peace Through Prayer and Love’ published by Beacon Books is out in 2020. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband of over fifteen years and five children. You can reach her at @sidra_writes on Twitter, sidra.7.ansari on Instagram and follow her blog at

6 thoughts on “Is it coz I’m Muslim?

    1. Fantastic Jonathan! It’s lovely to hear from you and great that you too are able to gain some benefit from listening to Sheikh Hamza. It’s amazing how many similarities there are in our religions, the main difference being the belief in the trinity. Thank you for your comment!


      1. Yup–the trinity ans whether or not the Christ Jesus is God in the flesh. THAT’S what distinguishes Christianity from every other religion on earth—that, and that we believe God did it for us through Christ’s death and resurrection.


  1. Your comment about the supermarket reminded me of my neighbour in a suburb of London. She would always talk to my husband over the fence or on the road but when I would appear she’d smile and disappear inside, I’d say good morning and get a half-smile back…I was so busy anyway I didn’t really mind too much; it was only when we were moving out of that house, I decided to say goodbye with some chocolates to our neighbors on the other side and in the spirit of fairness got her a box too. Believe me when I say she was shocked (read flabbergasted!) that I could speak perfect English and worked as a teacher, all this time she’d avoided me because she thought she’d “save us the trouble” of a miming conversation 😃

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    1. Wow that’s crazy! Yes, I can totally relate to that type of assumption. I love the idea of you going over to give her a gift ‘in the spirit of fairness’. Hopefully your actions will mean she’ll think twice before judging someone just because she’s dressed a certain way in the future. Thank you for sharing!


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