20 Confessions of a Hijabi

By Robina Saeed @ROBtotheINA   Last week marked my one year hijabiversarry so I thought it was time to write down those thoughts and experiences, both positive and negative I’ve had throughout my journey so far. 1) It’s a very obvious statement of who I am, so first impressions tend to be already forged and difficult …

Why don’t you make your mother wear the Hijab?

by Inayah Zaheen @inayahtweets A few months ago we were invited to someone’s house for dinner where I was asked a question by one of the guests: “Why don’t you make your mother wear the hijab?”. I love wearing the headscarf – to externally be dressed in a way that enables me to maximise on …

Perks of Being a Somali American Wallflower

by Hafsa Guled @QUESADILLABABY “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2013). I distinctly remember reading that quote on every corner of the internet in late 2014. It was typically accompanied with a black and white gif of a crying, dark haired boy mouthing the words stop crying, stop crying. The pure unfiltered …

The Aliens; Islam & Feminine Spirituality

by Roszeen Afsar  In my previous post; ‘The Smiling Sister; Paintings of Hijab’, I wrote that knowledge of spirituality today is very little, and as such female spirituality is never brought up in discussions on Islam. I was asked why that is. This is an interesting question and one I touched on in my final …

The Smiling Sister; Paintings of Hijab

by Roszeen Afsar “The hijab is much more than the external solid scarf, but it is worn as an internal spiritual means of faith, these collections depict that so well.”   – Nargis Akhter  The above quote is the feedback I received from a friend after I showed her the piece I’d painted of her [above] …

‘How Not To Wear A Hijab’

by Nabila Pathan Amongst the plethora of Islamic chain messages I receive on a weekly basis, I can always guarantee, without fail, one or two “how not to wear Hijab” forwards. Don’t be amazed by my talents of predicting a pending message. Be dismayed at the whirlpool of intolerance that we are contributing to. There …