Posts Tagged ‘bullying’

Respect Required

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Respect Required

I was shocked at her words and looked around me but didn’t find anyone even looking my way. Everyone seemed to be totally fine with it, but then suddenly my friends jumped to my defense: “Don’t be mean!” they cried to the senior girl. The girl shook her head, “You don’t understand. Look I am older and I know more. You look ridiculous so take it off NOW!”

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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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Welcome to My Life

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Welcome to My Life

It’s 8am. Snap. I’ve overslept. Again. Not surprising, as I’d switched my laptop off at 3 am. I rush to get ready but sigh as I see my reflection in the mirror. I cake on some makeup and spray on a cloud of perfume. Still dissatisfied with my image, I place a green headband in my long flowing hair and rush out the door, stomach rumbling. As I power-walk to school, I dread what the day may bring…

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The Hardest Year

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The Hardest Year

I used to say that the eleventh year of my life was my worst one, but now I know that I needed to go through that year in order to be who I am today. That year was the year my family moved to a new city. It was the year my mom returned to university for the first time since I was five years old, and the year my dad had to constantly travel overseas to visit his sick father. It was the year my grandfather died. But believe it or not, the thing that had the biggest effect on me was that it was the year that I made the change from Islamic to public school.

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When He Said My Friend Was Ugly

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When He Said My Friend Was Ugly

Before I begin the story I want to ask, which women do we think are most valuable? Which women should we try to be like? There is a beautiful hadith: “Many men attained perfection, but only three women attained it: Maryam, the daughter of ‘Imraan [Jesus’s mother], Aasiyah, Pharaoh’s wife, and Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid.” (Ibn Mardooyah) Do we seriously take them as our true role models? When I remember the story I am about to narrate, I usually feel a sting in my heart. In fact, I think it would be more befitting if I should cry.

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