Posts Tagged ‘struggles’

To Shake or Not to Shake?

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To Shake or Not to Shake?

Probably the hardest thing I have had to master after wearing the hijab is plucking up the courage to refuse a handshake from someone of the opposite gender. This was not because I wanted to shake their hands, but because of the underlying requirement in today’s society that one must shake back the hand of the other who offers, and the mounting pressure of going against that cultural norm.

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Attack Against Niqab: The Good in It

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Attack Against Niqab: The Good in It

Sheikh, I’m troubled about the affairs of Muslims these days. There’s a fierce campaign against the niqab going on. Niqab is being attacked, as if there is nothing else wrong or ailing the Muslims except for the niqab, and the magazines are attacking Muslims and all that is Islamic. There are even famous Shuyookh attacking the niqab, and the prevalent phrase is that niqab is an “ignorant, outdated custom.” Sheikh, I would like you to comment on this fierce attack which has bothered us all.

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The Sun Will Draw Close

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The Sun Will Draw Close

I was at an outdoor event a few weeks ago as a volunteer for a non-profit organization. The day was hot and humid, with not a cloud in sight. To top it off, we were located in the middle of a busy intersection in the early afternoon amidst traffic, noise, pedestrians, and did I mention the humidity? A few minutes after I arrived with my friends, we were busy setting up and meeting with the other volunteers when a brother, who was also a volunteer for the organization, gave a one-over at my outfit (hijab and full sleeves) and after chuckling, said, “Don’t you wish you were a guy?”

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Muslim Girl: My Inner Struggle for Hijab

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Muslim Girl: My Inner Struggle for Hijab

As far back as I can remember, I always knew I had to wear the hijab and that one day, I eventually would. But every time I thought about it, something would always hold me back from fulfilling this requirement that came with my religion. A queasy sort of feeling that started in my throat and made its way down to my stomach.

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The Strength of a Heart

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The Strength of a Heart

Tell me a piece of news or history – a date or a name or an event – and there are no guarantees that I will remember it. But give me a human story, a part of personal history to go with it, and I can hardly forget. So when the media began paying attention to the plight of Burma in recent years, I already knew something about the country.

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