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Beauty or the Beast

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Beauty or the Beast

I know for a fact that I am not the only human that endures hardship in life. That being said, I am not writing this to be praised or recognized. I am writing this for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, in the hopes of bringing light to a topic that is not really discussed. I also know that I am not alone in what I faced. I hope that I am the voice for everyone that has never had the courage to say anything about it. I debated for many days whether or not I should make this story anonymous – I decided not to. I want everyone who reads this to know that this story is real. And what better way to do that than to reveal my identity?

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Feelings, Like the Wind

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Feelings, Like the Wind

Close to six years ago. The day still streams through my head like it was yesterday. It was my first day in public school. I had been going to Islamic school for practically all of my life, and I was finally taking the big step into the scary “unknown.” Until this day, the reason why I left Islamic school is still unclear to me. My parents told me it was because we could not afford it anymore, but I felt there was also something more to it. I didn’t ask my parents what it was because, quite honestly, I did not like Islamic school. When I say I didn’t like Islamic school, please don’t take this the wrong way. I am in no way bashing the place, and I do have many good memories with great people from there. It’s just that I never felt accepted.

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Ya Ummi: Shy Girl

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Ya Ummi: Shy Girl

I’m a really shy girl, but I want to make more Muslim friends! You know how there’s that group of people that are always active when it comes to religious things like events and seminars? Well I’d like to spend time with them, but I’m too shy to go up to them and say salam. Plus, they are a few years older than me. How do I overcome my fears and talk to them? I know they’re nice, but it’d be really random if I randomly went up and said salam, then sort of just stood there. The Prophet Mohammed salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said: “Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be careful of whom you associate with.” I’m trying to find Muslim friends. Please help!

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Against the Pressure

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Against the Pressure

Growing up, I was never really convinced about hijab even though everyone in my family wore it. I just didn’t understand how someone could do it all day. My parents never really forced me into the idea. They always just said just wait until you get married, and that’s exactly what I planned on doing until a week before this past Ramadan… I entered my first year of high school this September; and as I was sitting in my room thinking about high school and dreaming about all the adventures that I would experience, it hit me out of no where.

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Image of Faith

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Image of Faith

Recently, my husband asked me to take all my pictures off of Facebook – even though I observe purdah and wear a head scarf and abaya, and none of my pictures were obscene. “Why?” I asked him, before doing it.
“Because you wear hijab,” he said. “Exactly!” was my reply. I was covered in my pictures, so what was wrong with having them up? So he asked me, “Why do you cover yourself?”

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