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Eye of the Beholder

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Eye of the Beholder

And while I am lost amidst thoughts of a relaxing afternoon ahead, that’s when I see him: a tall and handsome male stranger, the likes of whom I have never seen before, walking down the road. My heart begins beating faster as I take in his attractive features, and to my pleasure, he gives me a smirk and eyes me as well, almost as if he is hungry. I watch as he scans my figure, and I’m glad I have worn a tighter shirt today. Maybe if he likes what he sees – he will come up and talk to me? I think. As he walks closer, I fix my posture a little so that the better parts of me are more prominent, in the hopes that he will really come up and talk to me now.

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I am that Hijab

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I am that Hijab

I am that Hijab
That cloth, that fabric
That symbol, that fear
In people’s eyes

Why does she wear it?

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Changing Room Hijabis

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Changing Room Hijabis

Changing rooms have a bit of a “reputation” between us Muslims as places to slip in and pray while out and about at the mall. The other day, I was with a sister – and in some stores, they have small white boards on the doors of the changing rooms they write your name on. We decided to put them to a different “use.” Usually, whenever we have a chance, we write something like “Islam is the TRUTH!” or “WHYISLAM.org” anywhere, like in guest books at museums. So we tried it out on the changing room doors:

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With Hardship Comes Relief

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With Hardship Comes Relief

My “hijab story” is a time-line of hardship, pain and prayer. Alhamdulillah, all praise to Allah at all times. I’ve been blessed enough to go to Umrah three times. Alhamdulillah. There is no question that going to Mecca and seeing the Ka’ba is an emotional and breathtaking experience. Every time I returned from the Holy Land, I thought to myself, “That’s it! I’ll give the hijab a go now!” With the iman rush, I thought I’d keep the hijab on. Unfortunately, two different times the hijab didn’t last for more than two days after my return from Umrah…

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For Every Pin

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For Every Pin

Recently, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala blessed me with one of those truly “Subhan Allah” moments! I was participating with my co-workers as a judge for an elementary school competition. My company had also helped mentor one school throughout the year. As we were saying our hellos to the school kids, I met little Ammar (the cutest kid ever, mashaAllah). When I met him, my reaction was “Aww, look at this young Muslim kid,” but he was so shy, he never said salam to me. He would just give me this weird smile, but he was so cute, mashaAllah, I really didn’t mind it.

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