Hi guys, welcome to the introduction of my 4 part series exploring #YourAverageMuslim. A short series I’ve ben working on for a while now as my work as an ambassador for the Creators For Change programme run by Youtube.

I’m pretty tired of constantly being praised for ‘breaking the stereotype’ just because I’m a Muslim woman who happens to be successful. This should be the NORM! There are so many of us that are not given media attention for what we do without it being connected to our faith in some way or other. We are so much more than just breaking a stereotype. If we change the way we’re represented then the more likely we will be seen for what we truly are, successful, determined and most importantly decent people who come from a diverse multi talented background. #YouAverageMuslim is all of these brilliant characteristics. I really hope you guys LOVE this series and I hope to do more with it because I know there are brilliant Muslims doing great things just because it’s who they are! Please SHARE your story using the same hashtag #YourAverageMuslim on all social media platforms and ReClaim your narrative!

There is no one that can represent YOU better than yourself.

You can watch my Full 4 Part series #YourAverageMuslim below:

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Episode 4

  1. Lenuta

    November 3, 2017 2:44 am

    I love all the videos, really glad you open this subject and happy to see Muslim girls/woman’s doing someting different, which others might think is wrong to do because you are a Muslim.
    I don’t have anyone to discuss more about being a Muslim women and this videos help me understand that you can be who you want to be and do what you want to do. Majority see Muslim women’s as wearing hijab, waiting to get married or being married, have kids and that’s kind of the life they imagine about it, also that she have many restrictions, more or less saying that she is not free to express herself or do something different.

  2. Rana

    November 3, 2017 3:06 am

    I grew up with the all-American side with my mom and my little sisters grew up Muslim with my dad. I find it hard to give them womanly advice because I know our cultures differ greatly. I love to see the connect of Muslim woman being strong and powerful and making a name for themselves. It inspires me to push my sisters to break the strict mold they face as Muslim woman and be able to follow their hearts as well as honor their religion.

    Hijab is a huge controversy in our family as well. The reasons to wear it or remove can be personal, religious, or even social pressures. This has caused my sisters to be indecisive with the hijab, wearing it for a few months or years, then going without. It’s amazing to hear from others, there really is no “one” reason to wear the hijab! This shows hijab is a complicated issue for other families as well. I always tell them to question everything, don’t take shit from anybody, and do what feels right for you!

    thank you for making these videos.

  3. Zaina

    November 3, 2017 8:31 pm

    Binged watched all of them within the hour that they came out! Been waiting sooo long for this series but it was so worth the wait, it was perfect and I expected nothing less! I’m so proud of you Dina and I’m so happy that you are actually genuinely making a difference – I had never thought about Muslim women in prison before, and a female Muslim hip hop dancer? The very idea had never before occurred to me! Thank you for opening my eyes a little more, I really do appreciate it xxx

  4. David Ward

    November 4, 2017 7:52 am

    Dina. The fact that you are having to make this film in the first place sums up so much about your religion. ‘Successful Moslem women should be the norm’.

    The reason that it isn’t the norm is embedded within the religion itself. You are actually going against the core beliefs of th religion, which includes the subjugation of women.

    The freedom that you have and your ability to make these films and talk about women in Islam, is wholly down to the freedom that is the fore belief of Western society. The very thing that Islam is intrinsically mind-bent on destroying.

    Like most religious people (Moslems, Christians, Jews etc) you call yourself ‘moderates’, which simply means that you gloss over all the nasty little bits in your religious books and shout about about the good bits.

    Well religion doesn’t work like that.

    The ‘good bits’ are simply what society has agreed are the civilised things to do to make sure that we all get along as much as possible and can survive together. These civil codes did not come from religion. They existed long before The Bible or the Qur’an or whatever.

    So what don’t you accept that you, as a moderate, don’t actually believe in your religion and leave it? You can’t though, can you? 3 reasons:-

    1) Apostasy is forbidden. Even if you ignore the ‘punishable by death bit’, it is still forbidden. So..

    2) If you did leave and they didn’t kill you, you would be ostracised from you society, your family, your friends. A very ever little footnote in the Qur’an to make sure that people are too scared to leave.

    And finally,

    3) You are conditioned (brainwashed if you like) to believe that your religion is changing, becoming more moderate. Women in Saudis Arabia are being allowed to vote, women don’t have to wear the full veil as much, women are allowed to make films…

    But going back to my previous point. It is the free world that has put pressure on the religion to ‘allow’ these things to happen.

    The core principles of the religion are still there. By moving towards a more westernised way of life, you are effectively rejecting these core principles.

    So why remain a Moslem? Why not really stand up and say that you still believe in a god (if that’s what you do), but that you no longer believe in the principles of Islam.

    Now THAT would take courage and would be a key moment in your life.

    By point of reference, I am an atheist and anti theist. I was brought up as a Methodist but rejected it when I was in my teens and I started to question The Bible.

    My children have been brought up to simply question things. Don’t just take everything that you are told as fact. Ignore ‘tradition’. Look for proof. Just things for yourself. Make your own mind up.

    • AK

      April 1, 2018 5:38 am

      Wow!!!!! Imagine where would human kind be without all these different religions and schools of thought!
      Core principles of religions are good and were meant to unite. But as humans we cannot grasp them and so we become more divisive in our societies.
      Frankly, it is hard for everyone to realky be individual because majority of us have becone what our parents passed on to us and what we were born into and so we follow!
      At the end of the day, we will always pass judgement or have comment about everything. We just have to learn to let people be! No one knows for sure what the finally will be! We can guess and pretend that our beliefs are the right ones, well, we will find out when death arrives! Heavens, hell, or simply just return to dust just like any other living things or yet something that humans cannot comprehend or never imagine will happen. Until then, we just have to learn to live and forget or accept the differences in our people! It seems to be really hard for humanity to get along!

    • Anonymous

      August 20, 2018 1:58 pm

      Oh so you’ve studied all religious scriptures have you? How can you just assume she hasn’t questioned her religion. There is literally a discussion in the first episode how they are saying that its good to ask questions about religion. You don’t know what goes through her head on a daily basis. Also what evidence do you have that the rules and guidelines pre-existed Islam? Have you read the Qu’ran in full depth and detail? I think Dina Torkia, as the successful woman she is can think for herself. I don’t think she is brainwashed, I think you lack proper understanding.

  5. Fatima Bhikha

    November 4, 2017 2:01 pm

    Loved to watch the episode’s. Need more hijabi empowerment. We Muslim women are just normal people and must be allowed to make dreams to come true.

  6. Carina

    November 6, 2017 6:46 am

    I´m not a muslim, but You are amazing! I love what you are doing, it`s awesome tht you speak about this! Also, I love all the videos! Keep going!

    Carina xx

  7. zarif moda

    January 28, 2018 9:08 am

    hi , very beatiful