I’m as taken by sparkly shiny pretty things as the next girl out there, but personally I didn’t think that a fashion spread featuring made-up, de-hijaabed girls was quite appropriate.

Okay, I get the whole “not all Muslim girls wear hijaab” and “modesty is the key, just keep covered and you can still look gorgeous! There are many other ways to showcase pretty clothes with showcasing the pretty girls along with them.

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It may, perhaps, be a way of inviting and attracting the attention of those interested in Islam, or those with only a tentative connection to the Deen; but I do think that for the majority of Muslim families who are trying to encourage their daughters and sisters to be stronger, this isn’t the best magazine for them to turn to.

While I think that MGM is indeed a ground-breaking publication in that it’s dared to try something utterly different from the mainstream media in terms of content while relating to it in style, the mentality behind it isn’t one that I support.

As I kept going through the magazine and thinking about its readers, however, I just couldn’t let it go.

First of all, I was disappointed with the fashion spread.

The magazine begins with an editorial introducing the issue’s theme, which is Ramadhaan.

There was also some vague notion about my duty to the readers of Muslim Matters to bring attention to and analyse relevant media issues… The layout is fantastic, the photography is top-notch, the entire thing is impressive and, at a glance, it’s almost everything I dreamed that a Muslim girl’s magazine would look like. The Good Stuff Let me be fair and at least give credit where credit is due.

It kinda looked like Lou Lou or Glamour or some other teen girl magazine… My joy at finding a fancy magazine aimed towards, and featuring, Muslim girls blinded me to any concern about dents to my wallet. Before I launch into a ruthless and scathing critique, let me first say that I think the premise of the magazine is wonderful, and I commend its creators for marshaling the resources and talents to put together such a professional and high-quality publication.

And then I had to fork out sixteen dollars to take it home, but what the hey. And then I experienced the sinking feeling of disappointment that you experience after you find out that the person you dreamed of meeting, whom you’ve now finally met, isn’t really what you were expecting or hoping for after all.

” column’s thoughts and tips from readers on how to kick bad habits during Ramadhaan; medical experts’ suggestions on how to eat well, stay healthy, and benefit from fasting in every way; a reflection on the spirit of Ramadhaan; and a report on the growing phenomenon of high school and university Fast-A-Thons, sponsored by the Muslim Students’ Associations.