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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…]