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Stop Thinking that Wearing Hats with Hijabs Is Taboo

Hats and Hijabs. I know you’re thinking that it might be a little weird. I definitely thought so. However, recently I’ve learned to embrace it. Hats have their own personality and add so much to a simple outfit. They’re easy to wear, especially in the summer under the sun. I personally enjoy wearing them in…

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Wedding Night Nerves

I remember my first time being intimate. I was so scared and anxious about losing my virginity, spending countless hours researching what my first time should be like, but I never quite felt prepared. Truthfully, looking back now, not even 400 years of research could have prepared me for what was to come. Everybody wants…

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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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Victims of the Media

The Boston bombings were a dark tragedy, without question. They represented a moral failing that we so often forget is present in the thread of daily life, and three people lost their lives. Although the occurrence was probably the most talked about news item this week, very little attention was given to the victims of…

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Candy Bars, the Hijab, and Empowerment

“A man asked a Muslim man: Why do your women cover their bodies and their hair? The Muslim man smiled and took two sweets, he opened one and kept the other closed. He threw them both on the dirty floor and then asked: If I asked you to take one of the sweets, which one…

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Who Defines Liberation?

Liberation has always been a hot topic. Liberation isn’t an ideal, but a journey; it means to break the inevitable chains of societal norms and to rise above whatever causes one pain or hardship. For Muslim women living in Western society, it is particularly hard to decide where to turn when the question of liberation…

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Taking Back Islam

I write this post from the Karachi newsroom of The Express Tribune, a daily English newspaper in the “Islamic Republic” of Pakistan where Shias are being killed daily during Muharram, women are getting raped, robberies are an every day thing, and at least six people were killed daily here in Karachi in 2012. In all…