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 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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Look beyond the Hijab – How hijab is affecting decisions on education

In recent years, Muslim parents are asking the mainstream schools to take into consideration for Muslim girls to wear their hijabs to school but MOE is taking a strong stand against this idea . The reason given was that the mainstream schools subscribe to the idea of identical uniform represents a institute of equality and…

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One of a Million Practices

When I was 14 I felt compelled to study the Qur’an and I spent the entire summer between grade 9 and 10 reading it in English and reading through the tafsirs of sections I felt were particularly interesting or somehow confusing. I read about hijab and the rulings surrounding it. After a few months of…

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Hijab, the ultimate protection.

I’m thirteen years old. Every day I check my underwear pantiliner for those few precious drops of blood to signify my entry to the world of adulthood. Finally, in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, that moment comes and I am overwhelmed with feelings of panic, pain, excitement and anxiety. You see, as a Madrassah…

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