Thinking Cap

In Their Ranks

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In Their Ranks

When the going gets tough, here’s a little something to keep you going. In Surat Baqarah, Verse 124, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says: “And (remember) when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them…” In the ayah, the word for “to try” is “ibtilaa'” in Arabi. It means to put someone in a difficult situation, in hardship, a test. It’s hard, not easy.

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Filling in the Blanks

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Filling in the Blanks

It isn’t just wearing a hijab – it’s making the hijab an extension of herself. By wearing hijab, you have made a commitment to yourself and to God, and that commitment should reflect on your actions. Some females (and of course males) may not understand this, because sex and glamor and materialism are thrown in our faces from western society ideals through every media outlet. Because of this, so many females subconsciously, and in some cases consciously, want to take part in this rat race to be the thinnest, most glamorous, most beautiful, most desired! Some of us fail to look past the haze of materialistic western ideals, and see the true meaning of this life.

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Don’t Tell Me

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Don’t Tell Me

Sometimes, a good rant is just needed. I dislike double-standards, stereo-types, and labelling. Funny thing is, I live in a world filled with them. So, dear world, listen to me for a minute: When you treat one woman one way, and another differently, solely based on their looks, don’t act surprised when confronted about it. When you see a woman wearing hijab as a customer in your store, don’t glaze over her and move on to the next person.

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Muhajabah: To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question

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Muhajabah: To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question

At some point in our lives, we have all faced the decision of whether or not to make the life-long commitment to wearing the Islamic headscarf. For some of us, the choice is simple and seemingly natural, just another step in a lifelong progression of “growing up.” Hijab is what was always expected of us and requires little thought or hesitation on our parts. For others, it’s a struggle that is life altering and requires facing a dilemma that can unsettle our very identities. As for which category I fell in, choosing to wear the hijab was a milestone in my life, a rite of passage to a new world in which I would no longer be defined by the length, texture or beauty of my hair.

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All the Blood Came Down

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All the Blood Came Down

I underwent open heart surgery. And the next day, I woke up from the surgery, and the stitching and everything had been completed. The doctors were passing by, those supervising patients in the intensive care unit. And this was immediately after my waking up from the anesthetic, after 24 hours from the operation. The nurse in charge of me noticed a matter – something in the blood – so he informed the doctor on duty. So the doctor asked another doctor, and this other doctor asked a third doctor, until there were nearly 14 people, doctors and others in charge of patients, gathered.

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