Aly describes herself as a “spiritual Muslim” rather than a devout one (the entire family, including David, visits the mosque once a year during Ramadan). But she insists she’s not defending Islam so much as pointing out that extreme ideology of any kind is a problem.
“I am Muslim, but I have a huge commitment to secular democracy, and I don’t believe that religion has a place in politics. So the platform, the image, that I’m projecting here, and who I am, is somebody who believes in secular democracy — and secular, liberal democracy at that. So the fact that I’m Muslim is something that I prefer to keep a private thing, because I practise my religion in private.”