How many times have you been asked about that “thing” on your head? Hijab? I can tell you that living in a Western country, I have heard all sorts of questions: Aren’t you warm? Doesn’t it bother you? How do you do sports? I find it ironic! Nobody asks these sorts of questions to a person who has hair extension. Why is that? I, myself, … Continue reading Don’t you feel uncomfortable wearing that thing on your head?
The first time I heard about the MeToo movement, it was in regards to the Harvey Weinstein case. I thought to myself, “finally, women are speaking up!”. Then I started following up, and reading some of the stories out there. It had become almost inevitable to ignore the movement as it was becoming bigger, and bigger every day. When my favourite show’s main character, Kevin … Continue reading How far is the MeToo movement going to go? When are women going to take some real action?
My friends and I were sitting in a courtyard cafe in London, under the sun, with a light breeze. A friend abruptly mentions that him and his fiancé have broken up. Of course, we naturally asked “Why”? Before he got the chance to tell us the reason, his best friend interrupts and says, “Because she wasn’t feminine enough”. I immediately found the opportunity to formulate … Continue reading Feminism, Capitalism, & Islam – What is equality? Being a man?
Modesty is not only what we wear, but how we act, how we behave, and how we use our body language to communicate with others. Modesty is a way of living, and most importantly, modesty is gracefullness. We have all experienced those moments when the women sitting on the next table are laughing so loud that our eyes unwillingly turn towards them, and inside we … Continue reading Modesty is a way of life
Rulings on makeup are not like the rulings on alcohol, on meat, or on the headscarf. There isn’t a clear yes/no ruling on the matter. Unfortunately this vagueness has punctured our united front as Muslim women around the world. When it comes to covering our hair, it is clear that no hair on our heads should be visible to the non-Mahrams. But when it comes … Continue reading Islamic rulings on makeup- Is there such a thing as modest makeup?
There was a time when modesty meant modesty, grace, virtue, chastity, فضيلة ,حياء ,عفة. Today, specially amongst the youth, it has become more of a fashion thing. A thing we do to feel sexy, to sell clothes, to look good, to cover our bad hair days. The purpose has been lost somewhere between “trying to fit in with the Western standards” and “pleasing our families” … Continue reading Modern Modesty – Where do we draw the line?
I asked my soon to be husband, “does being modest mean being unattractive?” and guess what his answer was. “YES! Of course that’s what it means.” Don’t worry ladies, my plan is to not just accept a “YES” for an answer, and instead try to do some digging of my own.So what does it mean? I perceive modesty as true gender equality. I know, I know, … Continue reading Does being modest mean being unattractive?