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When We First Met

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When We First Met

I Got It Covered (IGIC for short) is a blog about hijab, but for those of us involved in the project, it’s so much more. IGIC is a perfect example of how we should never belittle the smallest of ideas, never underestimate the power of a simple suggestion. It’s a lesson in taking time out to plan and work behind the scenes, like a seedling which grows underground before poking its head out of the soil. It’s an illustration of the beauty of teamwork and sisterhood, and working together for the sake of Allah. But let’s back up for a minute. What is IGIC, again, and how did it all start?

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3 Minutes and 56 Seconds.

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3 Minutes and 56 Seconds.

3 minutes and 56 seconds, that’s all it took. That is all it took for me, in my public speaking class, to stand up in front of a crowd of Non-Muslims, a crowd of people that have been brainwashed for years by the media to believe that Islam oppressive to women, to clarify its beauty to women. To explain that the hijab found in Islam, frees women. I stood there, my voice loud and clear, confidence and passion up, eye contact maintained with my audience, hand gestures utilized at all the right times, and revealed to them, the truth of hijab.

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Ya Ummi: Is it Too Late?

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Ya Ummi: Is it Too Late?

As I was looking across the list of terms for that particular day, it was this string of words that caught my eye: “Too late to put the hijab back on?” Like I said, there’s no way for us to know who made that search, and the anonymity provided by the internet can be a blessing. But somewhere out there, it seemed, is a person – a sister, perhaps – wondering if it’s too late for her to put her hijab back on. Maybe she’s young, and maybe she’s old. Maybe she wore the hijab for years before taking it off, and maybe just one day. Whatever her circumstances, she’s wondering now if there’s any way back.

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Love

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Love

The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said, “None of you will truly believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself” [Bukhari and Muslim]. Our love for others is not only to love for them the aspects of this dunya (good health, security, prosperity, etc.), but to also love for them the most dear aspects to our hearts regarding the deen: to have firm belief, to stay away from sin, to earn reward, to enter jannah. Our love for others encourages us to give them advice, to advise them to wear hijab, to call them to all aspects of Islam. What ways can you think of to show your love for your brother, for your sister? And when was the last time you manifested this love?

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Airbrushed

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Airbrushed

I read a quote in an article the other day that said something along the lines of: “Humans have become an epidermis with no soul.” How true do you find this statement? The idea of beauty has been awfully distorted by the media – images everywhere of women flawless from every aspect. Sure, lowering the gaze may protect us greatly, but unless Muslims consciously ponder this matter, nobody is immune to the pressure of being “drop-dead-gorgeous.” So I thought it would be a good idea to bring up this discussion from a couple of different aspects.

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