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Finding Your Passion
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Two months before my sixteenth birthday, writing chose me. I had always enjoyed writing, and I knew that my writing skills were above average, but I never thought much of it. Many of my classmates were good writers as well. I never felt like I stood out from the pack in terms of writing. However, I now believe that I had just not found...

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Childhood Lessons
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  This past September marked the beginning of my first year of university and my arrival into “adulthood.” The quotation marks are necessary because, legally, I am an adult, but my life is the same as it was at the age of seventeen years, with just a few minor changes. I do not feel like a grown-up, and I have realized that I do not...

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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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