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By Shabana Mahmood
To quote Shirley Bassey, I am what I am.
And what I am is a Muslim.
And in answer to the most common questions I get asked when people discover I’m a practicing Muslim:
Yes. Yes. Yes. No.
(Do I pray? Do I eat only halal? Do I observe Ramadan? Do I wear a head scarf?)
Oh and before I get in a car I say a du’a for a safe journey; which causes my non-Muslim friends much amusement (although I think they are secretly pleased for the additional protection, especially if I’m driving).
I live my life according to my spiritual beliefs and in accordance with my relationship with my God.
And just for clarity, I’m British. [Read more…]