Thursday, September 17, 2015

We all feel it sometimes. The weird stares from strangers, the whispers from other girls your age when you dress differently, the constant “aren’t you hot in that” from the PE teacher to your best friend. Sometimes it’s just hard to be a hijabi.

Sometimes you feel like the only one. Maybe sometimes you wish you fit in and were like everyone else. I felt like that for a long time as well. I was always scared of standing out, of drawing attention to myself. I would try my hardest to blend in and not draw too much attention to myself. But over the years I’ve learned something, no matter how hard I try I’m not going to fit in. I’m different then everyone else. Allah (SWT) has chosen me to be Muslim. He’s made it easier for me to please Him and enter heaven. When I feel alienated from the rest of society, I think about how fortunate I am to be Muslim. How much harder it would be to enter Jannah if I was born a non-believer. How unlike Muslims during the time of Mohammad, (SAW) I am not being tortured for practicing my fate.

When you feel out of place remember that it’s only temporary. Remind yourself that you are a part of something so much bigger. That you are special and someday everyone else will be able to see it.

Your hijab doesn’t make you an alien. It doesn’t stop you from making friends or having fun. Often times I see hijabi girls holding themselves back by being too self-conscious. Treat your hijab as you would your tee-shirt, a necessary that shouldn’t be overly thought about. It’s a part of you but it doesn’t have to define you. You are so much more than a piece of cloth on your head. Now go out there and prove it . And remember, you are not alone.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Invitation to Hijab For a Day

Oppressed! Subjugated! These are probably the words that come to your mind when you see a Muslim woman covered in Hijab (the Islamic modest covering of a woman). You assume it’s her father or some radical male member from her family who is forcing her to dress that way. At least that is what people say to you. That is how the media views Muslim women who cover. Let me ask you, have you heard of the famous sayings: “go straight to the source?” Or “walk a day in my shoes?” I am sure you have heard these a million times.
Let me use the first. I ask you sincerely, have you ever gone to the true source for information about Hijab and Islam?  Have you read books, asked scholars or visited a Mosque? Have you ever asked a Muslim woman why she is so covered in a world that seeks to shed as much clothing as possible?  If you asked a Muslim woman, she would inform you that the purpose behind her Hijab is to obey her Creator over the creation. Her Creator, Allah (God), did not legislate Hijab in order to oppress her, but rather to free her from the shackles of this world. He ordered Hijab as an honor and sign of dignity for women.
When a Muslim woman covers her hair, chest and body, she is sending a silent message that she respects her body and like a pearl in the ocean, she covers it with her beautiful shell (Hijab). No one has the right to observe, gawk at and judge a Muslim woman by the highlights in her hair or curves on her body. Instead they judge her for what is in her mind, her character, and her goals and ambitions.  Hijab is prevention from being accosted by ignorant minds who only judge a woman by the clothes she wears and the skin she shows. A woman’s body as you know is sacred and this is why Islam encourages women to strive to cover and protect it.
So take up the challenge and try hijab for a day! Make sure you share your experiences with us!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Muslim high school senior accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools

“A Minnesota high school student has achieved the rare honor of being accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools, plus more highly accredited colleges.
“I was very surprised,” Munira Khalif, senior at Mounds Park Academy, said. “The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement. This was truly a blessing from God.”
The 8 Ivy League schools are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University. In addition, Khalif was accepted to Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Minnesota.
“I am humbled to even have the opportunity to choose amongst these schools because they are all incredible places to learn and grow,” Khalif said.”
Extracurricular excellence
In addition to her exceptional academic record and vigorous class workload, Khalif is a state speech champion and founder and leader of MPA’s Social Consciousness Club.“Munira has thrived in MPA’s rigorous educational environment, where we challenge students to be intellectually curious and confident communicators,” Randy Comfort, MPA’s upper school director, said. “She already is making a difference in communities across the globe, and I know she is ready to embrace the challenges that arise in our constantly changing world.”
World contributions
Khalif is one of just nine young people from around the world to receive the UN Special Envoy for Global Education’s Youth Courage Award for her work as a young education activist.
She was also appointed as A World at School Global Youth Ambassador, working to promote universal education.
“I believe Munira has great potential to affect change on the world stage, given her combination of intelligence, sensitivity, powerful internal drive, practical skills and charisma,” Lisa Pederson, director of college counseling at MPA, said. “She interacts positively with people of different backgrounds, opposing viewpoints and ignorance.”
Khalif founded Lighting the Way, a non-profit campaign to make education accessible for East African youth, especially girls, by focusing on scholarships, building libraries, and mitigating sanitation issues. She has also served as a teen ambassador and advocate with Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that mobilizes American girls to take action on behalf of their counterparts in other countries.
She plans to major in political science and continue working to make a positive impact on the world through public service.

The Biggest Change in My Life-HIJAB

I used to believe that hijab is not an important issue. And it’s lucking my freedom. So I decided that I would never were Hijab as long as I live.
Although my mother wears Hijab but she never convinces my sisters or me to wear it. She thought that you have to believe in it to do it or else you will take it off as soon as we are far away from her. And I think that it might be right in some way. Or it might make hijab more difficult for us when we get older. It is so hard to get used to something for your whole life and change it at once. It will take you a long time to change your mind.
Any way, I used to love to show up specially that I am not bad looking at all. And that was the most difficult part. I used to love to dress up and buy expensive clothes and I loved it when every one was looking and pointing at me. I used to love it when some says “wow! She’s beautiful.” After I finished my High school I decided to go to have my degree in the United States. I saw a thing in there that I have not ever seen before.
It is Muslim society and community. It’s amazing society with perfect Muslims. They are practicing Islam in a different way that we got used to it. Muslims in Gulf aria have been borne Muslims. Arabs didn’t have to ask any questions because every thing is obvious. We didn’t have to think about faith and how to believe in God, because we were raised and every one around us is Muslim. We didn’t know what’s the real Islam and how does it feel to live between all different religious and a mix society. And I just realized that people in Gulf didn’t practice pure religion, but they had a mixture between Islam and culture.
So many things that I thought it was an Islamic terms turned out to be a culture believe. And they are absolutely wrong aspects. I learned that the pure Islam is not the one that we were raised on which is full of nonsense stuff that we had in our culture since a long time ago. The real Islam is only in Quran and Sunah. When people in the states find out that I am Muslim, they always ask so many questions about Islam and most the time I can’t find an answer to their questions. So I started to go searching and looking in Islamic books and in Internet about Islam “the real thing.” I was like someone has not heard any thing about Islam before. I learned so many things that I have not knew.. I started to go to the mosque and sit with so many brothers and sisters talking and discussing Islam matters. I swear that I have never gone to any mosque in my country or even think about it. Although we had thousands of Mosques back home.
All the sisters in the mosque were wearing hijab except me. And they were all Americans except me. And they wear all broad about it and I respected them so much for that. I started to think about it all the time. And I started to have so many dreams about me wearing the hijab. I started to have some strange feeling towered my self; I hated it when someone was looking at me. I felt that I was only a picture without a heart or a brain. I finally decided to go for it and wear the Hijab. It was the best choice I have ever had. For the first time in my life; I felt that I am a strong person. Because I will go for what I believe in, and I didn’t care of what people think of it or how they will look at me. First day of Hijab was the best. I never felt so good and broad in my whole life of my self as much as I felt in that day. My friends and relatives didn’t believe that I could do it. And every one said that I won’t keep it for too long. And that maybe one of the things that pushed me to keep it until this day. I had to go through a fight with my self. My self which always loved this life any try to enjoy it as much as I could. Now was time to say stop, and I did. After a while every one started to respect me so much that no one had treat me like that before. Every one believed in me so much because they knew that I am a religious person. And what gave them that expression? It’s the Hijab. I can go every where now and no one would look at me as if I was a picture or a dummy.
Never the less I still dress up good and put make up when I am with my sisters and that turned out to be more fun. I believe that God demand Hijab to help us and to make our life easier. It builds respect between men and women. Also, it’s a matter of keeping your body to your self or who God allowed you to show (mahram). It is also a sign that show that you are Muslim, like in all religious. For example, Jewish wears a small cup on top of their heads and Christians wear a cross. And non of those two feels ashamed to show it to public. No man would think badly about a woman who is wearing a hijab so that will provide her to fall in mistakes (khateah) or something that is (haram).
A person who can wear Hijab is strong enough to do any thing else and to go through any problems that she may face in all life matter. Every one around you will trust you in every thing because you trust your self. Don’t you think your body is so mportant? And don’t you think your body is that valuable?
You don’t need some one to tell you that you’re beautiful because you know that. And you don’t need someone to look at you as if you were a beautiful drawing or a picture because you’re a human been.