Wow! Mashallah. I love the column title, quite unique. Welcome on the board :)on March 6, 2004 11:03 PM
Asalaam Aleium Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
I am also glad that you decided to come aboard. Welcome to Hidaya Sister.on March 7, 2004 4:55 AM
I was confused in thne beginning, I thought you were seeker. Welcome to Hidaya though. One question, what is the significance of the title of your column? NJ TPK $1.35?
Faisal Akhtaron March 7, 2004 3:03 PM
Insha'Allah, you'll start to see the significance of the column title in next week's edition :)on March 7, 2004 4:53 PM
well, yeah what u wrote is a reality in our Ummah.so many non-hijabis( or even maybe non-bearded brothers, no?)sometimes feel "unwelcomed" in some ways.I think we shouldnt express our"unwelcoming" attitude towards them.they are our sisters in Islam and somehow need( and eager) to learn more, who knows we can help them to?on March 8, 2004 8:27 AM
Salaam - Maasha'Allah, we share so much in common!!!
Been through 'that' life,
been through those 'looks',
been through the 'drastic' change,
been through the "ISRU" conspiracy
and now part of the Islamic Society of Rutgers University!
Get it? its a hard one :-)
Take care and keep up the good words ...
I remember hearing you tell me this story and talking about this issue many a-time. Although I never felt the "non-hijabi shun" at RU (because I went into RU with hijab), I certainly felt it before putting on the hijab. If only people realized that people can change and that maybe that non-hijabi or non-beardy will be better than them tomorrow. Alas...
And I'm guessing I know he significance of the Turnpike title, but I'll let you explain it. ;)
As someone very dear to me says, "the wheel is still in spin".
Those that are on top today may be on the bottom tommorrow, tasting the shadow of those that were beneath them before.
“Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit quloobanaa ‘alaa deenik"
"O Controller of the hearts, make our hearts steadfast upon Your religion"
on March 17, 2004 11:59 PM
very true... and sometimes it feels nice to feel the cool shadow :) it makes you energized again :)on March 18, 2004 12:04 AM
I feel the same way. It is so true. Although, all my life I have not looked down on non-hijabis or non-religious girls or hijabi girls that spoke with men. I use to be like, why are the way they are( meaning speaking to guys). But never like I was better than them.And if I saw a guy or girl( muslim and practicing sometimes) together talking or sitting at a table "studying", I would not say anything to anyone and I would not have suspicions agaisnt them. but despite being this way, it is really Allaah who makes a person righteous or not. I wore hijab since elementary school, so I did not feel the hijab clash or anything but even in our school we had cliches between mutahajjibaat sisters, how fun! So, I did feel left out at times.
Despite that na udhu billaah, I saw a decline in my spirituality in my committment to the deen over the past couple of years. I feel as a 16 year old I was much closer to Islaam than as a 20 year old. And each year was more diffificult. So only Allaah can guide.on June 7, 2004 3:34 AM
When you feel the love for Allah in your heart, don't let anyome else's weak deen question yourself. Mash'Allah you are very strong by going against your family. I believe that it is better to have the love for Allah in your heart and not wear hijab as opposed to wearing hijab only for peer pressure. I wore hijab at a young age of 13 and only becuase of my family. As I became older, I started to resent it. I didn't tell anybody but I really researched Islam and found a new respect for the religion. Now I love my Hijab, and can't live without it.