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The Me & My Hijaab Blog- Why People Stay Away

17 Dec

Many a time I’ve heard or felt that sisters do not want to get involved with Me & My Hijaab because of some of the following reasons:

  1. They don’t wear the hijaab and think that we will judge / force them to wear it.
  2. They are not practising or not as practising as they think we are and again, think that we will judge them.
  3. They are of the belief that some Muslim women are obsessed with the hijaab or that we put too much emphasis on it.

Firstly, let me give you abit of background.

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She’s not dead yet…

24 Jan

In the name of God the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.

Peace be upon you.

I’ve decided to make this new post about sisterhood- in a way. I’ve been wondering about the way we communicate and the way we encourage each other regarding matters of deen (religion). Whether it be regarding prayers or hijab, behaviour with your parents or kindness toward strangers, we could all improve somehow. Continue reading

Who are we?

20 Oct

(Originally written for and published on the blog Zaraesque)

Know your rights like Rosa did.

Ain’t nobody taking my seat.

Women who fought for their liberties.

Possessing modesty and bravery.

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Something Doesn’t Add Up

8 Sep

People assume that my hijab is just a scarf. They assume that its purpose is to simply cover my hair. They have no idea that this hijab is like a remote. It controls everything I do, think, and say. How I walk, talk, and dress. My hijab is more than a proclamation of my Islamic identity, it is the definition of my person. It declares, “I am Muslim, watch how my beliefs and actions reflect one another.” Continue reading

Did we leave respect and tolerance behind?

8 Sep

Ok so this one will be really short. I just had to get a couple of things off my chest.

Whilst we think we are moving forward, we seem to have left a couple of things behind: Respect and Tolerance.

Too many times, I have seen Muslim sisters speaking badly about their own Muslim sisters wearing the niqaab. I then hear Muslim sisters insulting those women who are ‘naked’. Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but sometimes I feel like we need training in how to voice it. Continue reading

My Sister

7 Sep

My sister cried for me today,

her eyes overflowed with love. Continue reading

Hijab.

25 Aug

Sometimes I get hot and sticky underneath my layered scarf.
I start to wonder what it feels like if I’d just take it off.
The thought passes my mind for a moment and goes away just as fast. Continue reading

Hijaab- a growing process that should not be judged

25 Aug

Recently I’ve seen a lot of people “commenting” on the attire of sisters who wear the hijaab. Unfortunately, it’s usually other sisters who are doing the commenting. After a conversation with a lovely sister on twitter, I decided to write a piece on this issue, which has bothered me for a while. Continue reading

I Aspire Too.

6 Aug

Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu 🙂

As per usual, I am having an issue with putting what’s in my head down on paper so you have to bare with me once again.  If you read my Hijab story you’ll remember me saying that after I made the decision to wear the hijab, I encountered some problems.  I’m going to have a little rant about one of the problems I’m having. Continue reading

Noble Company

21 Jul

Bismillah (with the name of God)

Recently I have been rethinking my female company (my only male company is my husband in case you’re wondering why I only said female). I’m going to go over my thought processes, because I think I have learned a lot from it and I hope others can too- God willing. Continue reading

I am sure…

21 Jul

(Originally written for and published on the blog Yes I Have a Voice)

Yes, I am sure.

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Be Free

2 Jul

(Originally written for and published on the blog Yes I Have A voice– Jan-22-2011)

I don’t care where you have been or what you have done- that is between you and God.

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I don’t need to be freed.

30 Jun

I don’t need to be freed.

Can you hear me?

No?

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Black Abaya

28 Jun

Asalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu 🙂

Okay, so my thoughts on this topic are still a little jumbled up in my mind and I’ve tried for weeks to sort them out- but it’s not happening so I’m just going to see what happens with this.  Before I made the decision to wear Hijab, I PROMISED myself that when I finally did it, I would do it PROPERLY.  To me, properly was basically a khimar covering my hair, neck and bosoms and a black abaya to cover myself from the shoulders down.  Simple.

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Muhajabah Forever

28 Jun

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem,

As-salaamu ‘Alaykum, this is a poem I wrote about hijab/niqab and the arabic term muhajabah means a woman who covers Islamic-ally. This poem is meant to clarify the purpose of covering, to protect the woman.

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To my fellow human

28 Jun

(Originally written for and published on the blog Yes I Have A Voice – Sep 25 2010)

Many a time I have felt intimidated or awkward around some of my Muslim sisters. This is not a criticism. This feeling is most probably in my own head, rather than being the outcome of something that someone has done to me. Nevertheless, the feeling still existed, and I hate to think that I may have ever made anyone feel this way.

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Yaa Ukhti

28 Jun

Bismillah A-Rahman Ar-Raheem

As-salaamu ‘Alaykum,

My sisters,

Forgive me for letting this happen to us. Forgive me. I have let go of my ties to you and transgressed His limits. I have forgotten the sacredness of our union and put myself before you. I have declared, “They’re not my real sisters.” Audhubillah! I have turned my cheek and allowed you to be beaten, oppressed, denied, murdered!

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Naseehah/Advice

17 Jun

Bismillah

@SheilaSpeaks said this today ‘Your nasiha will have zero effect if its given with even a drop of arrogance. Manners Please.’

It really struck a cord with me. Gladly I have no memory of anyone being arrogant when advising me. Sadly I feel as though I have seemed arrogant when advising others. I don’t believe I have ever been arrogant while advising, this is not reluctance to acknowledge my bad behaviour, this is true, I am not arrogant but I am stubborn (may God help me) and the two can appear as one. I think many times, the way in which we address people can prevent this.

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B.a.b.y.s.t.e.p.s

17 Jun

“So I’ve decided to start practicing. But…what now?

Where do I start?

What do I do?

Who do I go to?

What do I read?”

Islam consists of many incredible sciences, from jurisprudence, to the correct recitation of the Quran, to the language of Arabic, just to name a few! But despite its brilliance, its enormity can be overwhelming, and somewhat daunting for a newly practising Muslim.  And often, for sisters, the hijaab tends to steal a lot of the limelight when it comes to your list of things to do.

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Hijaab- A Responsibility

6 Jun

After reading a post by a sister on Me and My Hijaab, one thing she said resonated with me “…Yet there are women who wear the hijab and who do not, in any way, shape or form act the way a Muslimah should, and at the same time I know of Muslimahs who behave much more admirably who do not wear the hijab. So does wearing the hijab make you a ‘better’ Muslimah than the ones who do not? Surely actions speak louder than words. “ I remember feeling like this before I wore the hijaab. And it made me contemplate how do I portray myself as a Muslim woman who wears the hijaab now? How do Muslims and non- Muslims view me?

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