Thinking Cap

Beauty or the Beast

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Beauty or the Beast

I know for a fact that I am not the only human that endures hardship in life. That being said, I am not writing this to be praised or recognized. I am writing this for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, in the hopes of bringing light to a topic that is not really discussed. I also know that I am not alone in what I faced. I hope that I am the voice for everyone that has never had the courage to say anything about it. I debated for many days whether or not I should make this story anonymous – I decided not to. I want everyone who reads this to know that this story is real. And what better way to do that than to reveal my identity?

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Hijab Hero

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Hijab Hero

Classically, a hero is the archetype of courage, and is someone who knows that battles are won with the heart. It is said that a hero is someone who is selfless. When I was a little girl I had a string of heroes and heroines. There were times when I dreamed I was part of a clan of mutants called the X-Men, that I could be like the coolest kid in second grade, and that I could be a heroic dreamer like Ronald Dahl’s protagonist in one of my favorite novels, James and the Giant Peach. As I grew, my aspirations changed and so did my heroes. My dreams and life evolved and my heroes shifted more from imagined characters to real people.

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I Loved Her, and She Turned Away

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I Loved Her, and She Turned Away

We all surely know about many ahadith relating to the love of this world and the end of it. How this world means so little, despite our long, strong attachment to it. This world has not been faithful to any of its lovers – one of its lovers dies, and the world still goes on. Then why don’t we stop loving it? Don’t we know about the eternal hereafter? Of course we do. How can we even try to make the excuse of living in ignorance when every kind of information is available to us? And yet it’s love for this world that holds us back from doing what’s right.

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The Whole Plunge

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The Whole Plunge

Alhamdulillah, a few days ago, we had our webinar with Habibi Halaqas (don’t worry if you missed it – the recording is now posted alhamdulillah). As the questions started pouring in towards the end, I felt there was a similar theme among those asking. Some of our sisters are ready to take the first step, but not necessarily the whole plunge – and I wanted to address that issue.

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A Hijab Utopia?

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A Hijab Utopia?

Sir Thomas More described utopia in his 14th century novel as a society that was the pinnacle of perfection. A society in which evil didn’t exist and the very social, idealistic and moral foundations it was built upon, were, as he put it simply, “perfect”. His mentioned fictional characters were assumed to be accepting of each other and that even door locks weren’t a necessity as the trustworthiness of the island’s inhabitants was picturesque. He never failed to mention that the island was but a figment of one’s imagination and that no such place existed.

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