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To Shaytan

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To Shaytan

And tomorrow, I will feel empowered, and grateful. Because I see my strength in standing up against you.

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The Feeling of Guilt

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The Feeling of Guilt

I woke up early this morning and got dressed to go out shopping. As I began to put on my hijab, I felt something in the pit of my stomach. I ignored it and walked out into the living room to ask my sister how I looked. I was dressed in a pink hijab over a grey shirt to complement my favourite jeans skirt. She gave me a quick glance and said I looked fine. But I knew something was wrong, I just couldn’t point it out. Although I’ve worn this outfit a thousand times, today I felt that it just wasn’t me.

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Why Do I Wear Hijab?

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Why Do I Wear Hijab?

10. Because I’m free! No one has the right to see anything of me that I don’t give them permission to see. It’s my right to choose who gets to see the best of me – and that will be the one who Allah gave the right to see me, the one who is halal for me, not some stranger. This is a man who will, insha’Allah, have the same feelings of love towards me, and will be willing to sacrifice for me like I sacrifice for him.

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The Culture of Support

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The Culture of Support

During an MSA event I once attended, the idea of hijab and culture came up. One of the sisters mentioned how some sisters in the Middle East wore hijab to avoid any comments or stares from men. Another friend mentioned that the fact that hijab was forced upon women within certain countries made her steer away from it. In one Muslim country, those that wear it are ridiculed. Whether we choose to ignore it or not, culture and even environment can play a role in our decisions, including wearing the hijab.

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On the Road

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On the Road

Today I got onto a Greyhound bus to take a four hour trip to Toronto. It was time for Asr and I had no option other than to pray at the back of the bus. I had no idea what to do and seeing as there was barely any room on the bus, I started my struggle with the Shaytan. Excuses and reasons for my not being able to pray just kept coming to mind.

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