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At the Border

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At the Border

At around midnight, we reached the border between Canada and the U.S. While I presumed that we would pass relatively easily like we always did, for the first time in my life, the American security guards told us to pull over because they wanted to search the car as a cautionary routine check. We were told to wait inside the compound, and I remember when the officer opened the passenger door for me to exit the car, a slight pang of regret filled me as I realized I was still wearing my black abaya. I should have taken it off! I thought.

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For Beautiful Hair

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For Beautiful Hair

To most sisters, hair is a big deal. Whether it’s feeling unglamorous in the morning because your hair is mashed and tussled, or feeling elegant and ladylike on the rare occasions you get your hair all done up; whether it’s the meltdown at the site of split ends, or the happiness at a new style or haircut – whatever it is, women worry and care about their hair. That’s why when I noticed a change in the state of my hair a few months after beginning to wear the hijab, it really depressed me. My hairs weren’t as shiny, silky, or smooth as before (perhaps from being tied in a bun and covered every single day), and it was finally when I saw them getting weaker and more brittle that I complained to my mom in a state of total despair.

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Eye of the Beholder

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Eye of the Beholder

And while I am lost amidst thoughts of a relaxing afternoon ahead, that’s when I see him: a tall and handsome male stranger, the likes of whom I have never seen before, walking down the road. My heart begins beating faster as I take in his attractive features, and to my pleasure, he gives me a smirk and eyes me as well, almost as if he is hungry. I watch as he scans my figure, and I’m glad I have worn a tighter shirt today. Maybe if he likes what he sees – he will come up and talk to me? I think. As he walks closer, I fix my posture a little so that the better parts of me are more prominent, in the hopes that he will really come up and talk to me now.

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Today’s Ideal Woman

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Today’s Ideal Woman

I was having lunch with friends the other day when talk of the new facebook status trend came up. Since I don’t have FB, I didn’t know what they were talking about, but apparently there is this new thing going around where women put a single colour in their FB status to indicate what the colour of their undergarment is. It’s supposed to raise awareness for Breast Cancer research.

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Taking Humbleness to Heart

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Taking Humbleness to Heart

As the years have gone by, I have found myself strengthening my faith and character. How I practice Islam today has improved from how I practiced it a few years ago, to even a few months ago. One of the blessings that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has given us as a part of this perfect religion is that every little good deed counts. Imagine if our good deeds counted only when we fulfilled everything in its entirety? Yet even the person who does one good thing while they struggle with others will be rewarded for that one good thing, just like the prostitute was rewarded for quenching the thirst of a dying dog, in the hadith of the Prophet Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam.

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