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Just By Accident

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Just By Accident

I am a 45-year-old mother of three girls aged 23, 21 and 13. Masha’Allah, we have all been observing the beautiful Islamic requirement of Hijab for the last ten years or so. I thought you might be interested to find out what made me don one, since only a couple of weeks before this life-changing event, I had vowed vehemently to my friends that I would never do anything so drastic.

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When He Said My Friend Was Ugly

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When He Said My Friend Was Ugly

Before I begin the story I want to ask, which women do we think are most valuable? Which women should we try to be like? There is a beautiful hadith: “Many men attained perfection, but only three women attained it: Maryam, the daughter of ‘Imraan [Jesus’s mother], Aasiyah, Pharaoh’s wife, and Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid.” (Ibn Mardooyah) Do we seriously take them as our true role models? When I remember the story I am about to narrate, I usually feel a sting in my heart. In fact, I think it would be more befitting if I should cry.

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The Real Cover Girl

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The Real Cover Girl

They look at my scarf and try to diagnose me with a cure
but what they don’t realize is that I am beautiful, strong and secure.
But you see my security does not come from mini skirts and see through tops
and high heels that make my hips go tick-tock.

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Illustrating a Diamond

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Illustrating a Diamond

When I was about 7 or 8 I asked my mother this question of why we cover, and to my surprise she responded with, “Let’s go shopping.” So we headed out to the mall and passed by a few stores; we went into Claire’s and saw all the beaded jewelry and the fake crystals all lying around in piles in the store. Some people touched them, some people picked them up then put them back down, some people tried them on, and most of them were not even noticed. Then we went to a diamond store.

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Filling in the Blanks

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Filling in the Blanks

It isn’t just wearing a hijab – it’s making the hijab an extension of herself. By wearing hijab, you have made a commitment to yourself and to God, and that commitment should reflect on your actions. Some females (and of course males) may not understand this, because sex and glamor and materialism are thrown in our faces from western society ideals through every media outlet. Because of this, so many females subconsciously, and in some cases consciously, want to take part in this rat race to be the thinnest, most glamorous, most beautiful, most desired! Some of us fail to look past the haze of materialistic western ideals, and see the true meaning of this life.

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