MANufactured Islam



Out of pure love, I’ve been contacted by an abundance of people that have left me with emails, books and writings that all prove that the niqaab is in fact a heavily influenced interpretation of man’s contribution to how women look. Now I’m in no position at present to conclude whether this evidence is correct immediately due to my own time restrictions. However it does highlight to me something of great importance.

If like myself, women have taken some serious time out to go through what they consider to be a thorough journey towards achieving a firm understanding about the position of ‘hijaab’ in Islam. Then there is clearly a very strong influence that has been placed in shaping this understanding.

My inability to understand Arabic at present puts me at an immediate disadvantage as I’m faced with two options. One is to learn Arabic, cutting out the middle men. Two is to investigate to the best of my ability, the reliability of the sources I take my information from. And after much contemplation I decided to do a bit of both! In my spare time I slowly work towards learning Arabic, whilst shifting through a load of biographies helping me determine who Allah has blessed with wisdom.

It seems very apparent that Allah has aided mankind to achieve any answers to burning questions by various means. The means are the practice of praying Istikarah (Prayer or counsel or guidance) and also observing signs (eg:Imam Ahmed RA upon reading his biography I could see he demonstrated manners and character that exceed most in their goodness Masha Allah).

Both helped me decide on who from an array of inheritors of knowledge I should take a firm stance from.

‘Knowledge precedes action’, and although I would love to rush towards letting my hair blow in the wind, when I leave my house, at present my certainty that this would not benefit me in the this dunya (material world) akhirah (afterlife) has not yet been achieved.

Furthermore it is another reminder that until I reach a natural inclination to stop practising what many consider to be a cultural practice, it would be a clear in justice of oppression to rush me or remove my right to arrive at this decision myself.

I’d like to take the opportunity at this point to thank all of those that have shown me nothing but love at this point in my life and have continued to support me through the good and the bad 🙂


About iamshalina Shalina Litt was in the music business from the age of 15 years old and it wasn't until around 2006 that life took a big turn for her. She graduated with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies eager to do right by my son. Around 2006 she embraced Islam and took on a calmer lifestyle getting married and focusing on being a mother alongside a business woman. Her marriage dissolved due to domestic Violence in 2009 and she retook a different path learning how to rebuild my self esteem and confidence. This journey allowed Shalina to share her growth via blogs and vlogs building a large following around the topic of abuse. Around 2011 her career as a Radio Presenter at Unity FM began. As her confidence grew, she decided to speak out in international media defending the rights of Women and Hijab. This lead her to successfully be present in Media covering newspaper, TV, Radio and Magazines in addition to have been in a successful documentary done about 6 Muslim women from around the world by a TV Production Team (NRL) from the Netherlands. This public platform allowed her to be vocal about various heart felt topics through Social media and other broadcasting opportunities. As a result Shalina now coaches women around the topic of Abuse Resolution. She continues to appear in mainstream media discussing various topics around Islam and women. She also runs her own business providing Inclusive Islamic Education for SEND Children. She is currently recording an album and writing a book, both due to be released in 2017 God Willing. For more details or to contact Shalina Litt email

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