Blog Post, Questions, Spiritual Matters

Your Cultural Practices aren’t Islam

Somewhere in my spiritual journey a few years ago, I began questioning so many of the things I, and the other muslims around me did. Mistreatment of gays/lesbians, calling certain races superior or inferior to others, not mixing with people of different muslim sects, etc.

Why, I wondered, did we do all this? Especially when in certain cases, I knew that what was happening wasn’t right at all. To do something that is inherently wrong because my religion “commanded me” to felt confusing, and it tugged and pulled on my conscience  as I tried to reconcile with this idea. 

How could I lockdown at and mistreat the gay boy in my class who’s so understanding and accepting of me, why do some of my muslims friends say that I’m not supposed to talk with non-muslims, do the girls in my class really need to be lashed several times because of what they did over this weekend? 

How could Allah (swt) want me to do something so inherently wrong in so many of these cases? I mean really, not to talk to non-muslims in a place that is 99% non muslim? Why would such a thing be not permissible??

And I guess as my mind raced with questions, I began to research more into the religion I was born to, but never truly met or got to know on a personal level. The deeper I dove, the more I realized something my naive self hadn’t seen before; many muslims aren’t actually muslim. The things they told me about Islam weren’t actually muslim things. My religion didn’t require me to do as other muslims did; it required me to read, to know, to think on my own, with the help of others, what the right thing to do is. 

The fusion of culture and tradition with Islam makes it so hard to discern between the two, yet once I finally realized this, once I was finally able to remove the fog of culture and tradition blurring the view, it not only gave me much more peace with my religion, but it also formed a new appreciation for it that hadn’t been there before. 

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Blog Post, Hijab Fashion, Hijab Life

Would I buy the NIKE sports Hijab?

TO NIKE OR NOT TO NIKE?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

From the midst of all this political bickering, the last thing I expected to come from it was a Sports Hijab. But I’m not complaining- about time somebody noticed us!

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Above you can see what to expect when Nike launches the Nike Hijab next spring, except I’m not exactly sure what they’re going to be calling it yet-personally I like the sound of Nike Hijab, sounds like something official.

Being someone who’s only been active in sports for fun, either playing with other kids in the neighborhood or taking part in my high school’s track and field for like a few weeks, and tennis for a few weeks and this and that for a few weeks, I haven’t struggled too much with finding a functional hijab to wear since I never competed professionally.

However, that’s not to say I haven’t had my fair share of searching and wishing for something that I could wear without having to feel like it takes away from my “sportiness” or at least how sporty I look. What people don’t understand is that often times with hijab, it’s the way people perceive you in it that creates the problem rather than the actual act of wearing the scarf itself.

When you wear a scarf, and you’re in a team or amongst a group that is all dressed in different but more “mainstream” apparel, you feel like a fish out of water, and it’s not because wearing the hijab makes you feel different, but rather because you’ve never actually seen someone else wear the hijab and play sports, so you feel like it can’t be done and that the two simply don’t go together.

But with the Nike swoosh now on the side of the hijab, it feels like it fits perfectly, regardless of how it looks. That checkmark, simple as it is, symbolizes a validation for a hijabi when she puts on that scarf and in the midst of her looking so alien, the swoosh is there as proof that it’s normal and acceptable.

Now with all that being said, would I buy a Nike sports hijab when it comes out? Hell to the yes. Not only will it be exciting to try a new Nike product, but I want to actually see if it’s any different from normal hijabs that I own. Furthermore, last time I went jogging I had a little hijab/hood malfunction so I’d like to see if the Nike hijab really will make things easier.

What are your thoughts on the Nike sports hijab announcement? Yay or nay? Silly or the next new trend?

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Blog Post, Spiritual Matters

Hello? Earth to Muslims

THUMBNAIL EARTH TO M.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Nothing irks me more than a person with the name Mohammad who represents Islam without wanting to, and is an example of everything it’s not.

You know, that one guy in class, Mohammad, who walks in the halls with his hand in his girlfriend’s, his 2nd girlfriend’s. And let’s not talk about the hourly smooching sessions he likes to hold with her at the end of the hallway right by the stairs, as everyone watches.

So much for modesty, Mohammad.

This is the guy that likes to yell “Allah” for fun as a joke with his friends, and gets excused from running the mile in gym class because “I’m fasting today Mr.Brown” and then you see him stuffing his face with cafeteria spaghetti right after. Continue reading

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