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Hijab is Removable, Hayaa is Not

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Hijab is Removable, Hayaa is Not

How remarkable and astonishing it is that the way Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala created Islam, every detail in it has deeply rooted meanings, values, and effects. So much so, in fact, that each letter found in the Quran is a carefully placed treasure. If anything in it was even slightly altered, misplaced, or mispronounced, this completely changes the original meanings it was intended to have. The hasaanat for pronouncing each letter are also mighty because they are multiplied by ten.

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The Culture of Support

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The Culture of Support

During an MSA event I once attended, the idea of hijab and culture came up. One of the sisters mentioned how some sisters in the Middle East wore hijab to avoid any comments or stares from men. Another friend mentioned that the fact that hijab was forced upon women within certain countries made her steer away from it. In one Muslim country, those that wear it are ridiculed. Whether we choose to ignore it or not, culture and even environment can play a role in our decisions, including wearing the hijab.

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Together

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Together

On each Eid, a billion or so Muslims, in every corner, nook, and cranny of this world come together and celebrate their joy together. Together. Every year- no, every few months – my hopes are lifted: a jam-packed masjid in Ramadan, over a million pilgrims in Hajj, Eid prayer, all together. In sync. I see one Ummah, one family, one nation, one purpose, one goal. But when I open my eyes and see the fights over little things (and, yes, they are little), my heart begins to ache.

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A Young Girl’s Lament

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A Young Girl’s Lament

If you ask me face to face, I may snort and deny it. I will probably brush it off. I will definitely change the subject. But the truth of the matter is, I have kept a diary in the past. Okay, more than one. The girly types with the golden keys and locks and codes and invisible ink… And yes, sometimes I would even write the date. And no, I still have not found the heart to throw them away, so they are tucked away in decorated boxes in my closet. I confess to this girly side of me.

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One Thing Always Leads to Another

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One Thing Always Leads to Another

Each of our lives is sort of like a set of dominos. Once it starts it can never stop until it reaches the end. Time keeps flying by just as dominos continue to incessantly fall on top of one another, one after the other. Not all set of dominos, understandably, are alike. Some end short, others live long. Some are set up plain and straight, others consist of abundant twirls and swirls. Similarly, every Muslimah carries in her hands, her own unique journey in this vast world.

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