Posts Tagged ‘self-esteem’

Struggle Towards Light

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Struggle Towards Light

It was the year 2002, I was fourteen years old. After nearly eleven years in Europe, my family and I returned to our Muslim country – alhamdulilah. I wore t-shirts, tight jeans, hair hanging loose. I was athletic and played many sports. On the outside, I was a teenager; however, on the outside, I was merely a child. I studied in a mixed school, with Muslim boys and girls. I was the popular girl. Everyone knew me. To them, I was “cool.”

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An I-20 and Hijab

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An I-20 and Hijab

I am 28 years old, but I still feel insecure wearing a hijab. But I do wear it, want to wear it and insha’Allah will continue to wear it. Being born in a family of girls in a country like India, I can’t believe that I managed to come to America for my Master’s Degree. To many people living around us, my father was very secular in thought. How could he send his children, especially since they were girls, to college? Why does a girl have to study so much? She only needs wahi chula handi (kitchen work). But to others, my father was very traditional.

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Summer of Contemplation

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Summer of Contemplation

It was a summer of contemplation for me. Turning the idea over and over in my mind was like turning over new soil for better cultivation and growth. Not every young woman made such a shift but evidently, it had been written. I thought about Islam every waking moment of every day.

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