Advice

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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The Full Time Decision

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The Full Time Decision

My dear sisters in Islam, I have chosen this topic for discussion because I can relate very well to it. Most of us, in general most Muslim sisters in the Indian-subcontinent – we do hijab when we go out. We wear abaya when we go out. But, when it comes to any special occasions like weddings and such events, why don’t we wear our abaya? And if we do, then why don’t we wear our hijab?

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Hijab Has No Basis in Islam – Or Does It?

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Hijab Has No Basis in Islam – Or Does It?

I was discussing with a colleague of mine, she’s non-Muslim and we were talking about the hijab. She does respect my beliefs and values and the fact that I wear the hijab, etc. But what she is having trouble understanding is: Why do Muslim women have to cover the hair? Why the hair especially? She is asking if there is a specific verse in the Quran that says that we need to cover the hair? She said: “Who decided that hair was sexy? Why can’t you just dress modestly without covering the hair?”

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A Dose of Regret

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A Dose of Regret

We had been home for a little over a month when we got the call. I remember sitting in my room when my Dad came to the door. SubhanAllah, how time seems to slow down at that moment. I saw my brother crying – and thinking he doesn’t cry like that, what’s wrong – and my Dad’s voice breaking as he attempted to relay the news. And the shock. The incomprehensible-ness. Dead? He’s dead? But we just spent a summer with him while he was alive?

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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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