I was planning to write a few thoughts on Facebook about SISTERS, but realised that there’s more I want to say about the magazine.
SISTERS magazine was born just a few months before my eldest child and it has truly been with me on my journey as a mother. Back in 2007 I had just graduated from university, was in my early twenties and no longer defined by the label ‘student’. I had a new label ‘mum,’ but felt at a bit of a loss – isolated in a new town, a new mum and no friends nearby. I was having difficulty finding my sense of self. Reading SISTERS at this time brought me so much comfort. I laughed, I cried, I was inspired.
Some articles are so vivid in my memory; I still think of them.
I truly looked forward to receiving the magazine through the letter box. I remember just before Ramadhan one year running downstairs to pick up my shiny new copy and doing my usual flick through the glossy pages; I found myself on the brink of tears at the completeness of this deen and how SISTERS in its holistic approach had managed to encapsulate that.
In 2009 I started to write some articles for the magazine and was given so much encouragement and advice by lovely editors. I especially have to thank Atiyya Gardee, may Allah SWT reward her.
More recently, having turned my attention to proofreading and copy-editing, SISTERS has been an invaluable source of experience.
Let’s get this fabulous magazine for fabulous Muslim women back into print!