more than this

I had the pleasure of reading the article “Here’s whats wrong with your hijab tourism and your cutesy modesty experiments” a few days ago, and this passage in particular resonated with me: “These approaches reduce Muslim women to veiled, enigmatic symbols of Oppression; and whether you’re upholding the veil as symbolic of oppression or purporting…

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Forced into the hijab (Part II)

1) Modesty mustn’t simply be defined in terms of what you’re wearing, but more importantly, how you behave I don’t know, I don’t think modesty should be as simple as a piece of clothing. I’ve seen women who are truly modest, and they don’t require a Hijab to be so. At the same time, I’ve…

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Forced into the Hijab (Part I)

Ramadhan has always been a special time for me because it’s the time when I sit down and reflect about my religion more seriously. I don’t mean for this to look like a biography, but I thought that it’d be easier to write things chronologically. See, for as long as I can remember, the Hijab has…

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The unspoken rule

As a non-Hijabi, stepping into a mosque in Singapore is pretty intimidating. There seems to be this unspoken rule that if you’re not wearing a hijab, you’re not welcomed in the mosque. Of course, you can ignore this and enter but be prepared for rude stares and snide comments. What surprised me was that I…

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The Real A’s to Q’s for Hijabis

Hijabis, for the most part, appreciate genuine questions from strangers and friends about their experience wearing hijab. However, constantly answering the same questions over and over again can be exhausting. Here is a list of common questions hijabis are faced with and what their true thoughts are: Don’t you feel hot in that thing? Well…

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