Life in Hijab

I Cover My Head, Not My Brain

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I Cover My Head, Not My Brain

As we checked into our hotel room, the portrait on the wall grabbed my attention. There was such a phenomenal difference between myself and the girl in the portrait. With my green abaya and khimar I felt like a queen, with no one being able to judge me by my body.

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It’s a Hijab, Not a Halo

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It’s a Hijab, Not a Halo

I’m still a newbie at this; at a stage where the wardrobe malfunctions have been reduced, but not quite at the stage where I’m used to the slight loss of peripheral vision when I drive.

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The Truth About Niqab

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The Truth About Niqab

Several months back I remember watching a group of niqabis and thinking to myself, masha’Allah how beautiful and graceful they look! I felt such an awe and respect for them. I adored them and aspired to be one of them. But worldly desires held me prisoner for a while.

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Glad Tidings to the Ghuraba

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Glad Tidings to the Ghuraba

Strange how we always stick out like a sore thumb in a crowd; strange how we are always the attention grabbers on media; strange how everyone thinks we are oppressed and don’t have rights; calling us “ninjas,” illiterate, telling us to go back to where we came from. Strange how we always have to defend our identity and fight for our freedom. But isn’t it indeed strange how we sometimes get caught up in the midst of all this confusion, sometimes giving in, sometimes striving out?

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A Look in the Mirror

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A Look in the Mirror

Sitting in the salon, waiting for my cousin who was getting her hair highlighted, the woman at the counter who used to do my eyebrows asked me why I had stopped getting them done. She was a Catholic, and I didn’t know how to convey my thoughts to her. I didn’t know how to start, and I didn’t know what to say, maybe because I had never before thought about explaining that decision to a non-Muslim. How do I tell her my story? I wondered.

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