“You look so much better without hijab!” reminds me that you – stranger, acquaintance, family member – have not bothered to get to know me beyond my appearance, have not considered the context in which I and we exist, do not realize the impact of your remark, and do not recognize that clothing choices can be and are political. Continue reading Stop telling me I look good without hijab!
Time and times again, I have made elaborate plans for Ramadhan in the hopes that I would be led spiritually.
So here I am, soon be celebrating 5 years as a convert to Islam and my 8th Ramadhan since I first attempted the practice in 2009. … Continue reading Ramadhan Plan 2017
I cannot deny the great deal of privilege I have been afforded as a white person. Regardless of whether I should or morally would, I COULD … Continue reading My hijab makes him feel like “a shitty brown person”
Ramadhan is just a few days away, and though it hasn’t quite hit me, it is high time I begin to prep. While Ramadhan 2015 had … Continue reading Ramadhan Game: a snack, a verse, and a gesture
I know very well that God plans better than I do, especially since most of the things that shaped me as a person occurred following events I … Continue reading And I Plan and God Plans…
I blame my mother who would celebrate everything from religious holidays, to birthdays, to end of semesters, and A+s on tests with cards, decorations and over-the-top enthusiasm. While I won’t go scavenging discount stores for “Congrats on your new job” cards every time one of my millennial friends finally get off unemployment, I did inherit her love of celebration. Continue reading Hijabi-Elf: Christmas as a Muslim convert