Posts Tagged ‘excuses’

BUG Off!

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BUG Off!

She sat glued to her seat, while the other students milled around the room, enjoying the brief permission to move around, talking, giggling, and slowly settling into groups. It was English class, and even though she was an amazing writer, she knew she’d end up in the group of “social outcasts,” the loose ends who didn’t have any friends and didn’t really fit in anywhere.

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Hijabi Clothes (or the Lack Thereof)

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Hijabi Clothes (or the Lack Thereof)

We sisters care about our wardrobes and appearances so even though we wear hijab, we want to look decent, within the boundaries of Islam. I wanted to make up a list of certain pieces which could work for new hijabis and help them to not delay their hijab. (Remember excuses? One of the reasons for not wearing hijab is the infamous ‘I need to go shopping because I don’t have hijabi friendly clothes.’)

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Moments of Time

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Moments of Time

I’ve decided, I’m going to do it. Not that it’s a decision I really need to weigh the pros and cons of, because really there are only pros. And I know that — I always knew it — just something within held me back, and I regret that I haven’t made this decision earlier. But, the important part is, I’ve decided and I’m going to do it. It’s been so long overdue, it really has. But I can finally breathe now, almost like a very, very large weight has been lifted from my chest. Alhamdullilah! I can’t help but smile, and it’s one of those full large smiles that literally takes up my whole face.

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Reflections

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Reflections

This time, last summer, I remember myself being “hijabless” (my addition to the Oxford dictionary). I remember anytime I saw sisters covering up, I was always drawn to them and really wished I could convince myself to be like them. I remember the feeling of guilt and unrest I always had in my heart knowing that I was disobeying Allah.

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To Shake or Not to Shake?

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To Shake or Not to Shake?

Probably the hardest thing I have had to master after wearing the hijab is plucking up the courage to refuse a handshake from someone of the opposite gender. This was not because I wanted to shake their hands, but because of the underlying requirement in today’s society that one must shake back the hand of the other who offers, and the mounting pressure of going against that cultural norm.

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