Evolution of the Mipsterz


Ra-ees Moerat

“Astaghfirullah (I ask God for forgiveness)’ is what she whispered to me as she soared pass me in the mall, covered in her black abaya (dress) and niqaab (veil) – and I, garbed in classical western attire with no head covering. I felt mortified and heinous…” Indeed, this is a true tale spoken by a Mipster, as a young conformist female Muslim passed her in a mall. A Mipster is defined as a blend of the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Hipster.’

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Abbas Rattani (founder of Mipsterz) brashly articulates the official narrative on what Mipsterz are, “A Mipster is someone at the forefront of the latest music, fashion, art, critical thought, food, imagination, creativity and all forms of obscure everything. A Mipster is someone who seeks inspiration from the Islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric imams, and our fellow human beings…

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