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My Cover Up

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My Cover Up

A few months ago, I was waiting for the dentist, wondering why they were taking so long to call my name after the appointed time. The answer came about forty-five minutes after my appointment – they hadn’t recognised me even though I was seated right in front of the receptionist.

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My Hijab, the Most Beautiful Part of Me

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My Hijab, the Most Beautiful Part of Me

As I thoughtfully gaze out of the window of my room, the beautiful and soft voice of the Adhan stirs me from my silent reverie. I hurry to perform my wudhu and pray Salah, although I feel sad to break from my moment of reflection, but I know that Allah always comes first before anything.

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That is Freedom

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That is Freedom

You say freedom doesn’t exist
Or that it means to do whatever you want
I beg to differ.
Freedom does exist.

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More than just a Headscarf

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More than just a Headscarf

Hijab – It is an idea I have grown up with. It was not the result of a life-changing event or a sudden religious epiphany. I started covering my hair (on and off at the beginning) when I was about ten years old. Before you jump to any conclusions – let me make it clear that my parents did not force me into it. But it wasn’t until much later that I actually started wearing the ‘Hijab’ – until I learnt that true Hijab was more than a piece of cloth that covered your hair.

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Once Upon an ‘Hayaa-lifting’

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Once Upon an ‘Hayaa-lifting’

As she walked with slow but steady steps down the street towards he Masjid, she looked like the ‘ideal Muslimah’: gaze lowered, well-covered, tall, strong, and confident. She had come a long way to get to this stage; hers was a story of a rise, a fall, and a rise again. How did she get to this stage? This is how it all started…

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