“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”
The simple thought of standing next to my bestie in ritual prayer [salaat] brings tears to my eyes. This may sound ridiculous but I’ve never felt … Continue reading I have seen God in their eyes…
I’ve seen grown men cry, when seeing their daughters in a prom dress and over their father’s gasket: these were public tears, socially-acceptable male tears, tears … Continue reading I’ve Seen Grown Men Cry
Converting to any religion is always a complex and ongoing journey. With a faith as politicized and ritualistic as Islam, this journey gets heavily monitored and … Continue reading Faith: better or bitter?