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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