Asalamu Alaykum!

It is with immense pride that we present the 26th issue of Fifteen21, examining female genital mutilation. honour based violence, domestic violence and forced marriage, and we question why these destructive practices still continue. We have included interviews here with real victims and include interviews with the formidable Hibo Wardere and Osma Irshad. If you are a victim, or know someone who is at risk, you MUST seek help. The Muslim Women’s Network, the NSPCC, Karma Nirvana and the Forced Marriage Unit are all featured in this issue and can help and support you. Besides examining social issues, we have also featured FOUR exhibitions in this issue from learning about the sacrifices of Muslim soldiers in the Great War to enjoying today’s talent in contemporary Muslim artists. Onjali Rauf talks about her work in Calais with refugees, Hassan Majeed discusses Islam’s conquest of the Byzantine and Sassanid empires, whilst I explore the concept of space within the Goharshad Mosque-tomb complex in Mashhad. Something for everyone we hope!

This is a NEW youth magazine, for young Muslims, to educate, engage and empower the future generation of British Muslim Society. Fifteen21 is a dynamic magazine, with a diverse range of articles, from features on inspiring youth, to book reviews, poetry, competitions, health, topical issues concerning young Muslims today, spirituality, fashion, opportunities to lead, and excel, and national event highlights.

Fifteen21 inspires young Muslims to be proud of their British Muslim identity. The name Fifteen21 is derived from both the 15th century of the Islamic Hijri year and the 21st century of the Common era. Fifteen21 aims to reconcile both Muslim and British identity.

We are grateful to all our supporters around the UK, and with their contributions and prayers, have made Fifteen21 possible. We aim to equip the future generation with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to face the many challenges ahead.

Fozia Parveen

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