This is what Muslim representation looks like

This may actually be the female empowered version of Ramy from across the waters – minus the identity crisis.

Taken from Wikipedia

Geeky biochemical engineering Ph.D. student Amina Hussein becomes the unlikely lead guitarist of Lady Parts, an all-female Muslim punk band on a mission to get a proper gig. Saira, the band’s fierce and enigmatic frontwoman, sees something in Amina the others can’t. Saira leverages Amina’s desperation to find a husband and offers to set her up with potential matches if she agrees to join. Torn between her straitlaced university friends and members of Lady Parts, Amina tries to find her voice.

I want to start off by saying how much I appreciate this show. There is a lot to be said about We Are Lady Parts – majority of it good.

 If you’re confused as to why the entire first episode is about Amina trying desperately to get married to a clear orthodox Muslim, it’s important you know that half the Muslim community is inn shambles trying to get married. The feeling of seeing all your friends engaged and married and you’re the last one can be extremely pressuring and oftentimes stress people (especially women) out. 

While I have no desire to get married in a rush, I do relate to keeping the best part of you hidden, the part of you that you love the most. Amina has a love for music and her guitar despite having a visceral reaction to playing in public, and to her suitors, she doesn’t play music, she teaches it. 

This is heavily emphasized when she runs into Saira and the rest of We Are Lady Parts when she gets a flyer to audition for the band but comes looking for a man instead. Saira, apparently once again on the search for the perfect lead guitarist, believes in the  mission behind the band; it’s more than just the music, “it’s about being heard” she says. 

Often times in the Muslim community, the arts can be seen as a “gray area” that people stay away from. Music is definitely in that gray area of uncertainty, but as Saira says, for them it’s about being heard. In this first episode, you see positive relationships bonded over music and the reputations (more like rumors) each of them hold in their community.

Momtaz is the band manager. Some say she did time inside for arson. Other said she divorced some sheikh. Noo-one really knows.

Amina, The Hopeless Romantic.
Saira, The Butcher. It gets the “creative juices” flowing.
Ayesha, venting her frustration through her drums.
Bisma, the Earth Mother who celebrates femininity through art.

I will say, I am extremely pleased with Bisma’s character. As you should know, we fully support Black Muslims, and this character’s beautiful family really adds light in the show. I hope they don’t give her any “stereotypical” issues that normally plague Black people in sitcoms. 

I’m sure once Amina finds that confidence that she has playing in her room to play in public, she will be an amazing lead guitarist in this powerful, all woman, actually diverse, Muslim women punk band.

Watch We Are Lady Parts (episode 1) free on Peacock!

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