Life in Hijab

Shopping for Jannah

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Shopping for Jannah

I was never really a big shopper, but it was something I did from time to time. Before my abaya days, I had to go to the mall at least once every two or three months. Clothes wear out, you need new styles, and there was always this sense that I just “had to” buy something new. After I began wearing abayas, I thought my shopping would go down. According to my mom, it hasn’t changed.

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When Hijab Gets the Job

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When Hijab Gets the Job

A few months back, I was invited to interview for the position of English teacher at a top, comprehensive school in an affluent area. The school only had a small intake of ethnic students, and therefore a small number of Muslim students and teachers. I knew I would stand out from the other applicants, dressed in a hijab and jilbab. But I derived my strength from knowing that if Allah had decreed this position for me, then it would be mine, whereas if I did not get it, then there was some good in that situation as well.

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Rainbows Do Appear

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Rainbows Do Appear

In light of all the negative media attention surrounding hijab recently, I wanted to write about a wonderful experience I was so fortunate to encounter. It was an encounter involving a “non-Muslim hijabi” and me: During MSA week at my University, I was approached by the Ameer of the MSA and a girl whom I didn’t know. I quickly recognized her as one of the student government candidates, as I’d seen her picture all around campus weeks before. The brother asked if I could teach her how to wear hijab.

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To Shake or Not to Shake?

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To Shake or Not to Shake?

Probably the hardest thing I have had to master after wearing the hijab is plucking up the courage to refuse a handshake from someone of the opposite gender. This was not because I wanted to shake their hands, but because of the underlying requirement in today’s society that one must shake back the hand of the other who offers, and the mounting pressure of going against that cultural norm.

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My Companion

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My Companion

I am blessed to have this companion with me as I go through the journey called life. He is always with me with every step I take. I do not know anyone like him: patient, enduring, and willing to face every hardship I encounter along with me.

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