Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

No, My Hijab Isn’t Glued On

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No, My Hijab Isn’t Glued On

I’ve been a Hijabi for a couple of years now, Alhamdulillah. When I think back to my first attempts to take the head-c0ver in an environment where it was something just not done anymore, it was a time of great excitement for me. I was passionate about covering up and, looking at myself in the mirror, I’d feel an Iman-rush that I was doing it exclusively for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, even if people didn’t approve. Fastforward to the present where the hjab has now become something so inherently part of me that I’ve almost begun to take it for granted.

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Airbrushed (poem)

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Airbrushed (poem)

There she stands in front of the mirror, her worst enemy because it shows her true reflection, / she tells herself she’s beautiful, but she only sees imperfection, / Airbrushed, / and, / hair brushed, / intoxicated with perfection, / they call it high fashion, but I call it oppression.

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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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Why Do I Wear Hijab?

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Why Do I Wear Hijab?

10. Because I’m free! No one has the right to see anything of me that I don’t give them permission to see. It’s my right to choose who gets to see the best of me – and that will be the one who Allah gave the right to see me, the one who is halal for me, not some stranger. This is a man who will, insha’Allah, have the same feelings of love towards me, and will be willing to sacrifice for me like I sacrifice for him.

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My Beauty

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My Beauty

Beauty is subjective. To me, my hijab is my beauty. It instills the confidence in me that I need to represent my religion. It allows others to recognize me as a respectable woman. It implants humility and modesty in me. It brings contentment to my heart, because I know I am following the command of my Lord. I feel precious, honoured, unique, and BEAUTIFUL in my hijab. How do you feel in yours?

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