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Not Without Her Make-up

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Not Without Her Make-up

I do not clearly remember the first time I was here. My earliest memories of Australia start when I was around six or seven, probably my first trip after I was born in the city of Sydney. My parents were not particularly happy with the idea of me growing up there. So, they took me out to Iran at the first opportunity.

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Did You Ever Doubt Me?

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Did You Ever Doubt Me?

I’ve known a certain sister for some time now. We weren’t close in the beginning, but we each knew who the other was. She came to me about four or five years (yes, YEARS) ago, and asked about the ‘awrah (the part of the body we have to cover in front of others). She wanted to know if a woman really had to cover from her navel to knee in front of her family.

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Fitting In

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Fitting In

The excuse goes something like this: “I don’t wear hijab because I’m afraid I won’t fit in. I love my religion, I just don’t want to be different from everybody.” The answer goes something like this:

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Flying While Muslim

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Flying While Muslim

As I board the plane, I look out the window, getting ready for the ride of a lifetime. I know there is something different about this time. For some reason everyone is looking at me, thinking I am different, thinking that I am “the weird one”. I have a window seat; the seat gives a full view of the wing. The wing is elegantly painted in red, with black letters. Letters that spell out the name, Terry. The name brings back memories, memories that are unique, and make me who I am today. Flying in this airplane today reminds me of when I was flying through high school. Flying, while Muslim.

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Saving Ourselves

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Saving Ourselves

When people talk about the blessing of hijab, they also mention it as a means of protection from men, harassment, and so on. I agree, those are great blessings, alhamdulillah. But, what about protection from ourselves? What do I mean by that? I mean protection from the ways of women.

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