The first part, Mind, continuously explains ways in which anyone wearing the hijab is free but the idea that they are caged is based on the misconceptions of others’ minds and until they allow themselves to look beyond these thoughts, they’ll never be able to comprehend the freedom of a hijabi. This is empowering for anyone who wears the hijab. It’s nice to hear the reiteration of the fact that your hijab is beauty and it doesn’t in any way affect what/who you want to be.
Life has become busy and fast-paced too; things that happened last week seem like they happened months ago. Life feels like one blur. Journalling helps me capture beautiful moments, good moments, moments filled with life-lessons, and track my victories.
Being able to reflect on these times, keeps you in a state of gratefulness. You realise you have so much to be thankful for especially during times that you’re feeling down or times when you begin to doubt yourself.
A lot of the time we compare ourselves to others forgetting that we aren’t offered the same life opportunities, we don’t have the same resources and we most likely don’t possess the same set of skills.
The one thing I think we all need to recognise and accept is that Allah is the only one that can truly help us. If we want to feel at ease and content regardless of where we find ourselves in life, we need to seek and cultivate a relationship with Allah. Allah, our Loving and Kind Master has given us ways in which we can get close to Him.
Du’a should become your best friend//mantra, because Uni can be stressful due to the pressure we (and others) put on ourselves. Knowing that Allah has constantly got your back (as long as you’re doing the best you can in every situation you find yourself) is strengthening. It’s what keeps you going. Understand that you’ll stumble and fall, you’ll make dumb decisions, but that’s okay as long as you recognise your mistakes and turn back to Allah. Now is the time to find your feet and hold on to the rope of Allah.
The first time your manager made an inappropriate joke, you just stood there and smiled, stiffly. You were too dazed to speak because he was the one person you least expected it from. But then again, should you have expectations? You knew you had to say something because silence was a form of approval, yet, …
I love it because it’s a constant reminder of my commitment to Allah and I feel like it’s a form of protection.
Last Wednesday, MuslimGirlJournal and I did an InstaLive chat on our top five reads so far, this year. Conversations about books are much needed so I was grateful she suggested it and I was glad it was loved by everyone who tuned in. We intend to do something similar at the end of the year …
It’s 2012 and I’m walking home with a friend one afternoon. We spot three men on bikes and notice that we are being followed. Circling us, the ring leader strikes, punching my head, attempting to pull off my hijab. They ride away and leave us standing there on the main road, where no one has stopped. Wiping away my tears, my friend leads me to the police station where we file a report. They are not found.
Since then, I’ve experienced other instances of Islamophobia and when people ask why I don’t ‘just take it off,’ I don’t think they realise how black and white it is for me. The choice is still simple, not hard. I like it. I believe in it. This is happening.
Calm, determined and resolute, this is a battle worth fighting for and I’m in it till the last breath.
We all want a relationship with Allah but nothing will happen if you do not make a move. You need to help yourself realise how badly you want this, how beneficial it would be in your life and how much better the quality of your life would be. There really is nothing better than feeling connected to Allah azza wa jal.