A zine featuring personal stories about the holy month.
It’s so beautiful how they talk about it! Like it’s their home and who they are… I feel the same with my country. And this zine looks ssoooooo gooooddd!!! thanks Rookie for sharing this rich piece of art ♥
Glaring issue with this piece! Muslims do NOT wear bindis. That is exclusively worn by Hindus for religious reasons and though bindis have been adopted as a fashion statement by American people, it is a non negotiable for muslims. This is basically like showing a Jewish person wearing a cross.
Hi Sheezan, thank you so much for your comment. We talked about it with Ramisha, the post’s author, and she consulted her friend who is pictured, her (Ramisha’s) parents who grew up in Pakistan, and several other Hindu and Muslim friends with different backgrounds. We learned that while bindis originated in Hindu culture, some Pakistani Muslims are descendants of the Hindus that converted to Islam when the Mughals conquered. Mariam, who is featured wearing a bindi, is not wearing it as a fashion statement, but as a symbol of her cultural identity. We hope this addresses any concerns you have with the representation and intent of the piece, and are happy to continue this conversation.
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Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!