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Pick a Day – And Do It!

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Pick a Day – And Do It!

Some people might be curious as to why I chose to wear hijab all of a sudden in my 21 year-old life. I give them one simple answer: I found truth. In the beginning of the summer, I decided to look into what hijab really was and why people wear it. For two months, I did lots of research. I found why some women do not wear hijab, and I even found why some wear niqab (cover their face). It’s interesting how much information you can gather within such a small period of time.

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Muhajabah: To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question

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Muhajabah: To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question

At some point in our lives, we have all faced the decision of whether or not to make the life-long commitment to wearing the Islamic headscarf. For some of us, the choice is simple and seemingly natural, just another step in a lifelong progression of “growing up.” Hijab is what was always expected of us and requires little thought or hesitation on our parts. For others, it’s a struggle that is life altering and requires facing a dilemma that can unsettle our very identities. As for which category I fell in, choosing to wear the hijab was a milestone in my life, a rite of passage to a new world in which I would no longer be defined by the length, texture or beauty of my hair.

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The End

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The End

Maybe this is how we’ll feel when death comes to us… overwhelmed with regret, powerless to stop the moments slipping by, dismayed at how little we really did with the time we had, and so scared that the little we did wasn’t accepted by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for some reason. The end of Ramadan is here and I feel all these things.

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Moments of Time

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Moments of Time

I’ve decided, I’m going to do it. Not that it’s a decision I really need to weigh the pros and cons of, because really there are only pros. And I know that — I always knew it — just something within held me back, and I regret that I haven’t made this decision earlier. But, the important part is, I’ve decided and I’m going to do it. It’s been so long overdue, it really has. But I can finally breathe now, almost like a very, very large weight has been lifted from my chest. Alhamdullilah! I can’t help but smile, and it’s one of those full large smiles that literally takes up my whole face.

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Reflections

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Reflections

This time, last summer, I remember myself being “hijabless” (my addition to the Oxford dictionary). I remember anytime I saw sisters covering up, I was always drawn to them and really wished I could convince myself to be like them. I remember the feeling of guilt and unrest I always had in my heart knowing that I was disobeying Allah.

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