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1: Myself to the Qur’an

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1: Myself to the Qur’an

Dear Book of Allah, sent down specifically for my guidance and for the guidance of humanity; dear Words of my Lord: I weep for my negligence towards you, for my long absence from reciting your ayahs and flipping through your pages, for my distance from poring over your meanings, powerful and moving, soothing and comforting, full of knowledge and wisdom.

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Sisterhood?

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Sisterhood?

Sometimes it occurs at a high school or college campus; other times it happens at the Masjid or some MSA event. The segregation between sisters and brothers may or may not be enforced, but you are bound to see similar heads grouped together like small islands separated at a distance…

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Judge Me, Judge Me Not

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Judge Me, Judge Me Not

I’m standing inside the train, trying to stay steady as the vehicle swerves swiftly across the tracks. From the periphery, I notice the glances and stares from the mostly Caucasian passengers. No matter how many times I’ve been through this, I guess I’m still not used to it.

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Modesty of the Tongue

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Modesty of the Tongue

When non-Muslims swear while I am around, they’ll sometimes notice me and apologize while I smile on and say, “It’s okay.” It touches me when they apologize and adjust their language while conversing with me or around me. It is funny, though. They think that a hijabi will be offended if she hears swear words. If only they knew that I have witnessed people from my own Ummah doing the same, from three-year olds to other hijabi friends.

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Makeover

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Makeover

But it’s also this narrowing definition of hijab as a piece of cloth that covers our hair. We don’t think of it as a transformation, as a behavior, as a personality. As long as the strands of hair are covered, we’re okay, right?

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