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‘Handed’ the Hijaab

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 14:05

A young Muslim girl from a gulf country recounts the incident that lead to her entering hijaab. She said:

How I adored “tabarruj” (displaying one’s beauty in public)! I would follow the latest trends and fashions of abaayas (the ones which attracted attention with their colours and shapes). My opinion of the Islamic abaaya (the loose one which covers the body properly) was that it was just made for the old fashioned poor girls!

One day, I went out with a group of my friends to the mall. I went out as usual, applying full make up to my face, perfumed and wearing an attractive abaaya. When a sister saw me in the mall, she came to me and advised me, in front of my friends, to wear the proper hijaab so that Allah Ta‘ala would not punish me in the Aakhirah.

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Guided to the Garb of Niqaab

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:50

Back in the 80’s, ever since I was a young girl, I always admired the very few women I saw in niqaab. The noor of their garb made them outshine all other women. I didn’t know that it was an obligation on Muslim women, but in my heart, I knew that it was right and I was in love with it. As a little girl, I said to myself, “One day, I will cover myself.” But as I grew up, I had nobody to share this desire with. Hardly any of my family members or friends even wore a scarf full time. So I naturally wanted to “go with the flow”. My guilty conscience troubled me throughout my teenage years. “Nobody covers themselves up in this area,” I thought to myself, “What will they think of me?”

Finally, alhamdulillah, when I was eighteen years old, Allah Ta‘ala blessed me with hidaayat. My desire and dream was to go to university, but alhamdulillah, my father prevented me. I was distraught! All my years of hard schoolwork now in vain! Alhamdulillah, this sadness made me turn to Allah Ta‘ala and He chose for me to attend madrasah for a year. I was now in an environment with so many women that wore the niqaab that I couldn’t believe it! There were so many girls and women who were wearing the niqaab and alhamdulillah, at the age of just eighteen, I had realized the beauty of the niqaab. Allah Ta‘ala gave me the taufeeq (divine ability) to wear the niqaab and my childhood dream had now come true.

May Allah Ta‘ala bless Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) for inspiring me.

   

Going Against the Grain

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:48

They would often call me a straight A-student, an over achiever, a walking brain, a genius; but it was not too long before the tides changed and I became rather low in their eyes, a waste of space and talent, an overall let-down and an absolute disappointment, merely because I went against the grain of society.

As I strode along the path of my schooling career, I considered various possibilities of furthering my studies... the opportunities were endless: engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching, etc. Like most students my age, I was still uncertain and awaited until my matric year to decide.

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Discovering Your Inner Beauty

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:10

Assalaamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

My dear sisters

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would one day be one of the many flag bearers of Islam, representing myself as a Muslimah before anything else. With that representation came a responsibility that was subconsciously imposed by my choice to don the hijaab, a responsibility to uphold what I am ultimately representing, my true beauty, my Islam!

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Son’s Career

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 14:33

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Assalaamu ‘alaikum

My son will be completing his matric this year insha-Allah. He is very deeni inclined, loves the musjid, listens to deeni talks and Quraanic recitation from his phone and shows no inclination towards succeeding in his secular studies.

We come from a modern background. My husband is adamant in him going to university and getting a degree. I am afraid of my son not living to my husband’s expectations because at this stage, when he is so close to the final exams, he is showing no inclination to take his secular studies seriously.

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