Posts Tagged ‘role models’

Out of the Ordinary

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Out of the Ordinary

I grew up in an “ordinary” family. What is “ordinary,” you may ask? “Ordinary” as in, not praying, listening to music, not wearing hijab, and leaving my heart to blacken while distancing myself more and more from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Over the past few years, Allah ta’ala has strengthened my eman and that of my family, and may He continue to strengthen it. Ameen.

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For Every Pin

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For Every Pin

Recently, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala blessed me with one of those truly “Subhan Allah” moments! I was participating with my co-workers as a judge for an elementary school competition. My company had also helped mentor one school throughout the year. As we were saying our hellos to the school kids, I met little Ammar (the cutest kid ever, mashaAllah). When I met him, my reaction was “Aww, look at this young Muslim kid,” but he was so shy, he never said salam to me. He would just give me this weird smile, but he was so cute, mashaAllah, I really didn’t mind it.

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Putting Your Best Crease Forward

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Putting Your Best Crease Forward

I know of at least a few sisters who will admit to doing this: with five minutes left to get ready and out the door, your hijab-of-choice for the day is unfortunately not quite ironed to the dot. The iron, a cave-man tool that is lovely to use when you can find the time, stands lonely on the iron board waiting for the day where you wake up with half an hour to spare. You quickly flip, twirl and inverse your Pashmina scarf searching for the edge that is least wrinkled and mechanically place that side atop your forehead. The more wrinkly edges are left to flow around your face, hoping people will fall for the “crinkled-hijab-look” that seems to be so “in” with some of the sisters these days.

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The Power of Leading by Example

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The Power of Leading by Example

Lately, I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the discussions I hear our Mothers have with one another. The subject has risen from a very sacred and valuable command from our Creator: the command of Hijab. As Allah says in the Qur’an, “O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed…” (Qur’an 33:54)

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A Young Girl’s Lament

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A Young Girl’s Lament

If you ask me face to face, I may snort and deny it. I will probably brush it off. I will definitely change the subject. But the truth of the matter is, I have kept a diary in the past. Okay, more than one. The girly types with the golden keys and locks and codes and invisible ink… And yes, sometimes I would even write the date. And no, I still have not found the heart to throw them away, so they are tucked away in decorated boxes in my closet. I confess to this girly side of me.

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