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Hear Me Out

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Hear Me Out

*First up on stage, the infamous duo: desires of the heart, and whispers of shaytaan.* – You try to lower your gaze and keep your distance, but the chattering starts, “There’s no need to make a big deal of things. So he’s a boy, so what! All the girls here talk to boys. Don’t be so shy. You’re suffering from low self-esteem, and this is a great way to build it. Plus, look at him!” You glance up – just one glance, you tell yourself, it’s ok. “He’s really cute, isn’t he? It won’t hurt if you just smile at him, go on. It’s just a smile now – maybe he’s having a hard day and your smile will make him feel better.” Almost without being aware, you smile.

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BUG Off!

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BUG Off!

She sat glued to her seat, while the other students milled around the room, enjoying the brief permission to move around, talking, giggling, and slowly settling into groups. It was English class, and even though she was an amazing writer, she knew she’d end up in the group of “social outcasts,” the loose ends who didn’t have any friends and didn’t really fit in anywhere.

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You’ve Got Mail: In the Month of the Qur’an

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You’ve Got Mail: In the Month of the Qur’an

Looking through my old mail the other day, I found an unread letter someone had sent me months before. I felt like it was the first time I was seeing the letter. Now what could be so interesting about this piece of mail that I just had to share it? What does a long-forgotten about letter have to do with Muslim sisters who don the hijab, other than the fact that they receive mail too? Read on, dear Sherlock. The message went like this:

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Tourist Attractions

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Tourist Attractions

A peaceful breakfast in a small town in Germany. There we were, minding our own business. “Are you sure you don’t want any champagne? Whiskey?” Asked the passing waiter jokingly. We’d already told him we didn’t drink. “No, thank you.” We smiled.

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The Case of the Mysterious Mummy

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The Case of the Mysterious Mummy

No, I do not mean “mummy” as in mother. I mean the real thing – you know, the one all wrapped up in gauze or canvas or whatever it is. The reason why I bring this up is not because I’ve been watching too many horror movies, but because in a strange, mystifying way, mummies and the average Muslim girl wearing hijab have some things in common. Keep your laughter to the end, please.

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