Posts Tagged ‘struggles’

Sticks and Stones

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Sticks and Stones

I first met Ayesha when we were both in elementary school. Our families had met at the masjid, and as Allah willed, we found out they lived on the street right next to us. Although Ayesha was a year older than I was, and we were in none of the same classes, we still played like close friends. Whether it was chasing each other on hot summer afternoons during an exhilarating game of freeze-tag, or playing with pink Barbies in her cluttered but cozy bedroom, we always had a good time.

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Overcoming My Inner-Self

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Overcoming My Inner-Self

I was getting ready to go to university, and one of my rituals after changing into my clothes is to traipse down the hall to the master bedroom and see how the outfit looks put-together. I was wearing one of my favourite hijabs: an off-white pashmina from H&M that has black line detailing down the sides. My shirt was a long black-and-white striped Henley that stopped just above my knees, and my jeans were a beautiful dark blue – a recent purchase. However, it was the fit of the jeans that was making me stand in front of the mirror longer than usual that day, my eyebrows furrowed together in deep consideration.

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In Their Ranks

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In Their Ranks

When the going gets tough, here’s a little something to keep you going. In Surat Baqarah, Verse 124, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says: “And (remember) when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them…” In the ayah, the word for “to try” is “ibtilaa'” in Arabi. It means to put someone in a difficult situation, in hardship, a test. It’s hard, not easy.

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Filling in the Blanks

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Filling in the Blanks

It isn’t just wearing a hijab – it’s making the hijab an extension of herself. By wearing hijab, you have made a commitment to yourself and to God, and that commitment should reflect on your actions. Some females (and of course males) may not understand this, because sex and glamor and materialism are thrown in our faces from western society ideals through every media outlet. Because of this, so many females subconsciously, and in some cases consciously, want to take part in this rat race to be the thinnest, most glamorous, most beautiful, most desired! Some of us fail to look past the haze of materialistic western ideals, and see the true meaning of this life.

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For You My Abaya, a Thousand Times Over…

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For You My Abaya, a Thousand Times Over…

Not too long ago, a few family members and I went on an exhilarating hiking trip—in water. It was the kind of trip where you hike between enormous boulders and walk across water that begins as a creek at your ankles, then slowly gains height with every foot forward, until you are underwater completely, only moving forward by hanging on to ropes hooked from boulder to boulder. The rocks and boulders scattered within the water are also slippery and jagged. Oh, and did I mention that you hike this entire route against the strong current of the water? It’s a great treat for anyone craving a physical, nature-based challenge.

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