Shafiqah Othman Hamzah

Shafiqah Othman Hamzah


Shafiqah is a human rights activist and Muslim feminist. She tweets her thoughts at @sfqomhz and occasionally writes extremely long articles on sfqomhz.wordpress.com.

Recent Opinion

  • 2 months ago

    #GE14: Blue redemption

  • 3 months ago

    The funny thing about humanity

  • 4 months ago

    Stephen Hawking: A voiceless thunder laid to rest

  • 1 year ago

    Rebuilding Medina

More from Shafiqah Othman Hamzah

  • 1 year ago

    Child marriage: Sanctioned child molestation?

    APRIL 25 ― As many Malaysians already know, MP Tasek Gelugor Shabudin Yahaya made the careless mistake of saying on record that it is okay for rape victims to marry their...

  • 1 year ago

    Learning to say 'no' to strangers because #SayaSayangSaya

    MARCH 30 ― Last year, I was given the honour of emceeing #ReplyForAll-MY in Kuala Lumpur, a townhall for the Malaysian chapter of Unicef’s global campaign to make the internet...

  • 1 year ago

    Why don’t they take us seriously?

    MARCH 9 — In my last column, I talked about how our cognitive biases fuel group polarisations, resulting in counter-productive approaches to social change and progress.  It...

  • 1 year ago

    Why I choose to be grey

    FEBRUARY 24 — In recent months, I have been strongly criticised for my decision to be in the grey area regarding certain things. Before I start, I think it is important for me...

  • 1 year ago

    Let’s talk about sex

    JANUARY 21 — Recently, 54 unmarried couples were nabbed in Terengganu by JHEAT for riding on motorbikes. JHEAT Commissioner Datuk Wan Mohd Wan Ibrahim advised unmarried couples...

  • 1 year ago

    Into the dark with Haikal Idris

    OCTOBER 11 — On September 19, a young man tweeted, ”Asking me to curate an account with 45k followers is like giving me access to a nuclear bomb.” And boy, was he...

  • 2 years ago

    The evils of theocracy

    JULY 12 ― What is a theocracy? A theocracy is a government in which God or a Higher Being is seen as the supreme ruler and government officials are regarded as divinely guided....

  • 2 years ago

    Secularism is not a dirty word

    JUNE 28 ― For far too long, misconceptions have surrounded the word “secularism.” Our own prime minister once said it is a threat to Islam and its followers. But what is it,...

  • 2 years ago

    The hypocrisy of Malay Muslims

    APRIL 16 ― Zakir Naik is a world-renowned Islamic scholar. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny that his name has travelled across continents and countries. He’s also...

  • 2 years ago

    Is history repeating itself?

    MARCH 18 ― Obeying our leaders is one of God’s commands, said Jakim at one of their sermons titled A Test Of Loyalty last week. “Sesiapa yang memuliakan dan...

  • 2 years ago

    Celebrating Muslim women

    MARCH 11 ― A few days ago, PAS Ulama information chief Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri released a statement stating the importance of restoring the...

  • 2 years ago

    Are we headed for a Malaysian apartheid?

    DECEMBER 4 ― A few days ago, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan issued a statement that made me uncomfortable. According to an article published on Malay Mail Online, a programme for...

  • 2 years ago

    So who is the real enemy here?

    NOVEMBER 27 ― I saw a tweet recently that said we had to stop Shiah from spreading because all Shiites are inherently violent people. So I wrote this tweet (which I then...

  • 2 years ago

    ‘Paris attacks? What about the Beirut bombings?’

    NOVEMBER 18 ― It was the night of Friday the 13th. Almost as though living up to its superstitious connotation, it was on this very same day that France was struck by a...

  • 2 years ago

    Context and relevance: Can we have one without the other?

    OCTOBER 27 ― Many people have questioned me when I told them that it is important to understand the Quran in the context of which it was revealed. They misinterpret it as me...