Thinking Cap

I Lost My Sister

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I Lost My Sister

You know, I lost my sister a couple weeks ago. I never met her. I never knew her. But I lost her. Her name was Marwa Sherbini. Funny thing is, we never spoke. I didn’t know she existed until the incident. But she was my sister. My sister in Islam. As she was yours. Thoughts went flying through my head as I read article after article about her passing. It was 18 stabs? In a courtroom? Where was security? She was pregnant? In front of her 3-year old son? Her husband was shot trying to save her? And where was the media? Does she not matter? Ya Rabb have mercy on us…

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Why Hijab?

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Why Hijab?

It’s the old and oft-repeated question of “Why?” Why, when there is so much else to talk about? Why, when there so many other crucial aspects to Islam? Why, when there are whole pillars, at the very center of religion, that go neglected? Why: why the emphasis on hijab?

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Uniformity vs. Individuality

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Uniformity vs. Individuality

I was once asked whether I felt the Hijab provided uniformity between all Muslim women, so that individuality was lost. It was the first time I’d been asked this question.

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Brits Do It Better

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Brits Do It Better

Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef once compared North Americans with the English. He mentioned how in England, when a person doesn’t like an attribute of another person, he or she often just says it out right. They’re very straightforward people. In North America, on the other hand, people smile and pretend there’s nothing wrong, when in reality, they may be fuming inside. These are generalizations, and obviously, there are exceptions.

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Family Fued

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Family Fued

When I went to Pakistan a couple years ago to visit family, my attire wasn’t exactly a hit. Why wasn’t I taking off my hijab inside the house (when non-Mahrams were present)? Why was I wearing a “gown”? Who did I think I was? If I really wanted to make so-and-so happy, I would take off my hijab and wear this or that. SubhanAllah. I’ve lived in a non-Muslim country my whole life and visiting a Muslim country, I had innocently assumed people would be more practicing and accepting. Sadly, I was wrong.

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