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Inspire Series: ‘Taking the Lead’ with Derek Hough
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As someone who is passionate about dance and choreography, I have always loved watching Dancing with the Stars. For four or five years, I have tuned in every March and September for the season premiere, and I always end up returning each Monday of the next ten weeks. I originally started watching the show because one of my favorite actors was a contestant, but even after she was...

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The Recurring Question
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In eighth grade, a few years before I started wearing a hijab, I took part in a pageant. We were competing for the title of Miss Teen India New York 2009. I mainly signed up for the pageant because of the talent segment. I sang in front of my classmates the year before in a talent show, but I wanted to experiment with bigger audiences. The...

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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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Inspire Series: ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’
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As I develop my skill and passion as a writer, there are various books, movies, people, and experiences that inspire me on a daily basis. Because of this, I decided to create an “Inspire” series, in which each post will discuss one specific story or experience and how it has transformed the way I view writing, the creative process, myself as an individual, or the world...

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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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Hijab-ista’s Jasmine Hijabs
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One of my newest fashion obsessions has been the Jasmine hijabs on hijab-ista.com. For Eid in 2013, my aunt gifted me my first Jasmine hijab, and I fell in love with it. “The pinched thread-work” on the side makes for easy folds and the jersey fabric allows you to create even more on top for extra volume. One of the best aspects of the jersey fabric...

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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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Prom
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Prom

Jun 13, 2014 by

This past school year was my senior year of high school and with senior year came senior prom. All year my mind was set on not going to prom. I had heard from previous seniors that it was not as great as it was always hyped up to be. Being a hijabi also presents its own set of challenges when it comes to prom. However, after...

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Survival of the Hardworking Charity Anthology
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Through the SISTERS Magazine network, last year I was made aware of a project that one of the copy writers was attempting to carry out. In order to help Syrian citizens and refugees in neighboring countries, she wanted to put together an anthology of poems and fiction short stories written by Muslim authors from around the world. Instead of the writers being paid for...

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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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