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This Is How I Handle Christmas as a Revert

Handling Christmas can be quite difficult as a revert. You see, I was born Muslim and raised Muslim until later in my life. When my mother decided she was going to become Roman Catholic, I was no longer allowed to practice Islam. After a while, I decided to revert back and practice again. My journey…

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5 Ways to Beat the Post-Shahada Blues

For nearly eight years, I’ve navigated the murky waters of my chosen spiritual path. Both the outer and inner manifestations of faith can prove challenging for convert brothers and sisters. Over the years, my imaan has risen and fallen, but like the tide, I always return to my Rabb. During my trials, I’ve found solace…

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#MGAnon: What If I Decided Not to Wear the Hijab?

Welcome to #MuslimGirlAnon, your one-stop spot for all the advice you could need! Every week, we crowd-source the very best advice our #MGClique has to offer about issues plaguing our girl gang. Need some advice? Write to editorial@muslim-girl-2021-production.mystagingwebsite.com, and we may just feature you!  Q: “I’ve been learning about Islam for a little over two…

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I Am Not Your Ideal Muslimah, and That’s Alright

The pressure to become an ideal Muslimah is overwhelming. On September 4, 2012, I embraced Islam after much studying, reflection, and prayer. When I professed my shahada, I felt emboldened by my ability to stand up for my beliefs, no matter society’s reaction. The euphoria was short-lived. At first, I felt genuinely touched and overwhelmed…

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Thanking Islam’s First Revert

The past five months have been filled with some of the most life-changing events of my entire life. I’ve reverted to Islam, made the choice to wear hijab and practice modest clothing, learned how to pray properly — all of which intimidated me and I couldn’t properly envision a year ago. Coming from a mindset…

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5 Questions I Get Asked Frequently as a Latina Revert

Latinas, like any other culture, have a slew of stereotypes associated with us. We’re expected to be these fiery, loud women with long hair and sensual curves that love to cook and dance and bare children. We’re either sashaying our hips to salsa in the kitchen, praying with our rosaries or over our candles to Santa…

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Conquering Adversity: Adriana Contreras

Born in Colombia and educated in the states, Adriana Contreras just finished her last year at Oklahoma University. When she arrived in the United States, she took English courses to help with the language barrier. It was then and there that she met Muslims in her class. One day they began talking about religion and…

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A Latina’s Awakened Passion for Islam at Age 15

Samantha Young just finished her second year at Hudson County Community College, as she’s on her way to becoming a registered nurse. At 19 years old, she is the only Muslim in her family, and this July, she celebrates 4 years since the conversion of her newfound faith. Samantha’s mom is from Honduras, while her…

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A Latina Sister’s Journey Into Islam

When we hear the term “minority,” our minds often think of race — and many of us are confounded within the boundaries of this term. This past year, and really, this past decade, I have been thinking of the minority in terms of religion. For many of you who are still in college, especially your…

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The Story of My Journey to Hijab

What do you think of when I say the word ‘hijab?’ Most people will think of the scarf that a lot of Muslim women wear to cover their hair. But that is not all that there is to it. When I converted, one of the first things I thought about was wether or not to…

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Dealing with Setbacks in your Imaan

I started this blog with a promise: to be honest about my experiences. Well, I have been wanting to write about set backs I have had for a while now but I felt ashamed and scared of how people would react. But, I made a promise, and the whole reason I started this blog was…

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A Convert’s Starter Kit

How do I do this? So, you converted to Islam? Masha’Allah! But what now? I remember when I converted last year, I was a little overwhelmed with all the things I had to learn and I felt like I had to learn everything at once in order to become a good Muslim. I think that…

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Beneficial Things to Do While Fasting

Ramadan Kareem! Alhamdulillah! It’s Ramadan! For a lot of us Ramadan falls during the summer holidays which, strangely, makes the fast harder than if we were working or at school. When you are at home, you get bored easily and boredom usually leads me to craving for snacks. So how do you keep yourself busy…