Posts Tagged ‘pakistan’

Change is Inevitable

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Change is Inevitable

I was sitting on the balcony one day reading a book, when I saw a flock of crows, and they reminded me of something that happened ages ago, a time when I was only 5. I was at my grandfather’s place with a piece of naan (bread) in my plate. I went to the garden to sit on the swing and enjoy that beautiful spring day. I put the plate with the naan on the table outside, and sat on the swing. I was looking up at the sky, preoccupied with thoughts of how big and beautiful it was, when I was suddenly distracted by something that landed on the table: a crow. The crow took the naan in its beak and flew far, far away.

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Family Fued

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Family Fued

When I went to Pakistan a couple years ago to visit family, my attire wasn’t exactly a hit. Why wasn’t I taking off my hijab inside the house (when non-Mahrams were present)? Why was I wearing a “gown”? Who did I think I was? If I really wanted to make so-and-so happy, I would take off my hijab and wear this or that. SubhanAllah. I’ve lived in a non-Muslim country my whole life and visiting a Muslim country, I had innocently assumed people would be more practicing and accepting. Sadly, I was wrong.

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May We Never Forget

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May We Never Forget

I was born and raised in Texas. My family lived in a small, but tight-knit, Muslim community. Before I hit my teen years, I had a half dozen Muslim families I called neighbors. Naturally, with such a secure environment, my friends and I had no hesitation in donning the hijaab. It was simply a part of Islam, and therefore a part of us. As a matter of fact, our mothers occasionally told us not to wear it. “You’re only six!” they would cry. “It is not fardh [obligatory] on you yet!” So much was my love for hijaab then.

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