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NPR’s Piece on ‘Quantico’s’ Muslim Characters
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*Images: NPR Code Switch   Since “Quantico” first premiered in September of last year, I have been writing reviews for Brown Girl Magazine. For this first half of the season, I strived to be as objective and fair as possible, which I hope came across to readers. Some episodes impressed me, while others fell short of my expectations, and I made sure to voice those opinions. It has been an...

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VirtualMosque.com: Jumping to Conclusions
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Because I have had various opportunities to travel to many countries around the world, I have had some very interesting experiences.  Traveling as hijabi has opened my eyes to the misconceptions about Islam in different countries and cultural atmospheres. When I visited Greece for the first time a few years ago, I had recently began wearing hijab. One woman’s reaction led me to realize that...

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Leave the Judgement to Allah
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In the Qur’an, Allah says “So remind, (O Muhammad); you are only a reminder. You are not over them a controller. However, he who turns away and disbelieves – then Allah will punish him with the greatest punishment. Indeed to Us is their return. Then indeed, upon Us in their account” (Al-Ghashiya:21-26). Allah was addressing his most beloved believer, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who...

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Green with Envy
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    My family members have a variation of feelings about my choice to wear the hijab, but the last emotion I thought it would evoke is envy. It is a part of human nature to feel envious or jealous of someone; we are all guilty of this at least on one occasion of our lives. I never thought that someone would ever be...

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Wardrobe Change
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    It was the first time, as a hijabi, that I had to find a dress for a formal occasion. I tried on a dress I had originally seen on the store’s website and it exceeded my expectations. It was a strapless black gown with orange, green, and purple flowers throughout the body from an American designer. I had the perfect dress, but...

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Becoming Involved
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We walked into the party hall. Most of the party planners had arrived and were beginning to set up for the evening’s events. There were a few people decorating the stage and the tables for the guests, while others were setting up the tables for buffet service. One of my friends was checking the playlists on her computer and testing the sound system. While...

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Traveling the Path to Knowledge
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  One of the history teachers at my school that I usually see in passing during my free period was walking toward me. He never really says much whenever I see him, except for the occasional hello, but suddenly I hear, “Hi. How are you doing? So, I have this American Bill of Rights class and we were talking about freedom of religion in...

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My Little Secret
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  Teenagers, in general, have a difficult time dealing with the opposite sex, but it is even harder for Muslim teenagers. Any Muslim teenager will agree that the biggest fitnah, or temptation, in the duniya is the opposite gender. There is this picture of love at first sight, holding hands, going on dates, and living happily ever after. Love is portrayed as that feeling...

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Redefining History
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Major events in history define our lives and change our perceptions. Exactly a week after my fifth birthday, when I was living in Brooklyn, New York, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. My aunt, my dad, and my uncle were all working in Manhattan on September 11th, 2001. I was in an Islamic elementary school, and as soon as...

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Becoming The Change
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  As every girl gets older, they begin to think about marriage and having a family. I had not given it much thought until recently when my younger cousin demanded to watch my parents’ and her parents’ wedding videos, when we were staying at my grandmother’s house during Hurricane Sandy. They had a nikkah ceremony on one day and a traditional American reception on...

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VirtualMosque.com: Going Back to School
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One of the hardest days since I became a hijabi was the first day of eleventh grade. It was the first time that everyone at school would see me in a hijab and it was something that most people were not expecting. I was also the only hijabi, which made me feel 10 times more self-conscious. Because it was such an important day that molded...

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VirtualMosque.com: From Sweet 16 to Hijabi before 16
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My first writing endeavor ever was an article I wrote for virtualmosque.com. In July 2012, four days after my first day wearing hijab, my aunt sent me a link to that website where they were asking for submissions. The quality of writing of every article looked professional, and I never believed any of my writing could be published there, especially at the age of 15. However,...

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