Posts Tagged ‘flag’

Identity Crisis? I Think Not

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Identity Crisis? I Think Not

With the culture and traditions of the generations before us on one side, and the modern, into-the-latest-everything generation on the other – where do we fit in?

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My Banner

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My Banner

The banner I hold
Is wrapped around my head,
Draped across my body
Loosely bound, wherever I tread

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She Made Me Smile

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She Made Me Smile

When told to picture women (everyday women, mind you, not nuns or priestesses) from other religions, I could find nothing to distinguish one from the other. I could simply imagine a woman clad in a white sun dress, hair flowing open, carelessly wandering the isles of a grocery store shopping for cantaloupes. If I walked past her, would I be able to tell if she was Christian or Jewish or even Buddhist for that matter? No. But if I walked past a Muslimah, I would know that she was one simply by her hijab.

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Flag Bearers of Islam

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Flag Bearers of Islam

From the winter Olympics that swept past us about a month ago, a perspective can be derived. I watched the athletes representing their countries, parading proudly in their specially designed patriotic garb. In a second, the shot switched from a crowd of Canadians to a subsequent shot of each country’s flag bearer holding their country’s flag proudly, often looking up at the swaying fabric and seeming moved by it somehow.

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Why Hijab?

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Why Hijab?

It’s the old and oft-repeated question of “Why?” Why, when there is so much else to talk about? Why, when there so many other crucial aspects to Islam? Why, when there are whole pillars, at the very center of religion, that go neglected? Why: why the emphasis on hijab?

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