Life in Hijab

In Their Ranks

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In Their Ranks

When the going gets tough, here’s a little something to keep you going. In Surat Baqarah, Verse 124, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says: “And (remember) when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them…” In the ayah, the word for “to try” is “ibtilaa'” in Arabi. It means to put someone in a difficult situation, in hardship, a test. It’s hard, not easy.

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Filling in the Blanks

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Filling in the Blanks

It isn’t just wearing a hijab – it’s making the hijab an extension of herself. By wearing hijab, you have made a commitment to yourself and to God, and that commitment should reflect on your actions. Some females (and of course males) may not understand this, because sex and glamor and materialism are thrown in our faces from western society ideals through every media outlet. Because of this, so many females subconsciously, and in some cases consciously, want to take part in this rat race to be the thinnest, most glamorous, most beautiful, most desired! Some of us fail to look past the haze of materialistic western ideals, and see the true meaning of this life.

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For You My Abaya, a Thousand Times Over…

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For You My Abaya, a Thousand Times Over…

Not too long ago, a few family members and I went on an exhilarating hiking trip—in water. It was the kind of trip where you hike between enormous boulders and walk across water that begins as a creek at your ankles, then slowly gains height with every foot forward, until you are underwater completely, only moving forward by hanging on to ropes hooked from boulder to boulder. The rocks and boulders scattered within the water are also slippery and jagged. Oh, and did I mention that you hike this entire route against the strong current of the water? It’s a great treat for anyone craving a physical, nature-based challenge.

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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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The Treasure Within

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The Treasure Within

When I was growing up, I had a few things I had collected over the years and treasured greatly. They ranged from stickers, to awards, to letters exchanged between friends in elementary school, to various pictures. I held them dear to my heart and wanted to preserve them for as long as possible; and because I treasured those things so much, one day I decided to make a beautiful treasure box for them. I decorated my treasure box with pieces of silk, ribbon, and colourful construction paper to make it as creative and beautiful as I could, and putting in the effort to make a treasure box made the treasures inside even more valuable to me.

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