The Sisters Project combats negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the diverse stories of inspirational women across Canada, while also creating a space of inclusion and belonging for all self-identifying Muslim women to embrace and celebrate their unique identities

Created by Alia Youssef



“My heart has grown capable
of taking on all forms.
It is a pasture for gazelles,
An abbey for monks.
A table for the Torah.
Kaaba for the pilgrim.
My religion is love.
Whichever the route love’s caravan shall take,
That shall be the path of my faith.”

Sheniz sent me this poem when I asked her what sect of Islam she follows. Sheniz is an arts educator, mentor-artist, spoken word artist and author. She creates the most beautiful land art in nature, as well as art and collage and she told me one of her favourite hobbies is listening to music while dancing in her chair. To Sheniz the most important thing is creating safe spaces for people to create, share and be inspired.  When I asked her where she goes to find herself she responded, “nature, but I can find myself anywhere if I'm paying attention.” Sheniz has seen the Dalai Lama in Jaipur, India, and told me she would just like to be perceived “as human.”

Q&A Feature:

What makes you laugh so much it hurts?

I love animals and the silly antics they get up to. Whenever I feel down, I just watch a whole bunch of ridiculous videos of guilty dogs doing ridiculous things. 

What is your favourite quality about yourself?

I try to be compassionate.  

How do you want to be perceived?

As human. 

What is one thing you know for sure? 

Impermanence is the only certainty.