Let me be frankly honest with you folks. I am completely and utterly in love with us: our hijabs, our niqabs, and our khimars. I love our unmistakably Muslim identity, and how we proudly assume it. I love my sisters in all their diversity, and I’m left forever in awe of their resilience, their courage, and their inner strength.  I look at the quiet beauty that is ours, and I can’t help but feel sorry for those who are too blind—or too bitter—to understand it. I love how we assume our womanhood without compromise, neither subservient nor rebellious. Yes, I am completely and utterly in love with us.

My sisters stand strong in the eye of the storm, forever imbued with dignity and wisdom. Like a million stars shining brightly in the firmament, they illuminate the world with their modesty. No rocks, no bullets, no words uttered in hatred can dim the light that is theirs. They hurl ugliness at them, try to soil their pride, and rob them of their humanity; but my sisters remind them instead of what nobility, and self-respect look like. Yes, I am completely and utterly in love with us.

A million lies shouted from the greatest heights fall down on them like a torrential rain, and yet my sisters remain unmoved and unchanged. Every lie hits them with the force of a thousand razors, and yet my sisters—although injured—remain firm on their path. I look at them, glistening in the morning light, and I am reminded of how privileged I am to call myself a Muslimah. Yes sisters, I am completely and utterly in love with us.

What is a moment in this world for those who dream of eternity? Whirlwinds come and go, but Muslimahs remain forever a reminder that without a convenant with God, life is but an exercice in futility. The past, the present, and the future converge to find their axis in the unflinching commitment of my sisters. Yes my beloved Muslimahs, I am completely and utterly in love with us.

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23 thoughts on “LOVE LETTER

  1. Ma shaa Allah, it made me smile to read this! I wish there was a big ‘ol heart button like Facebook has instead of just the little star!

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      1. I agree =) The feeling of love for the sake of Allah and the sisterhood of Islam is one of the big things that influenced me to convert in the very beginning, but something I am still learning to cherish more and more every day!

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      2. May Allah ‘aza wajal keep us all in the straight path and strengthen our Iman with the good and the bad that life has to offer. We are all in this together, striving to better ourselves as Muslims. I love you for the sake of Allah ‘aza wajal, and I’m happy to call you my sister in Islam. May Allah’s blessings shower you always.

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  2. Awww, that was a beautiful ode of a post! The subject of the hijab has yet again come to the forefront (truth be told, when has it not?). I always struggle in interfaith gatherings on how to answer the question of “why.” I know many Muslim women who do not wear it. I myself struggle to define my own reasons. But I can say this: I began to wear it at a time when I was a recipient of a huge life-changing blessing from Allah (swt), so as a token of gratitude, I wanted to do something for my Lord. I chose to begin wearing the headscarf. Hijab reminds me that I am Muslim whatever the setting may be. Some feel it’s a burden to have to be their best selves in public… but isn’t that what the Prophet (saw) commanded us? It’s a powerful reminder, not only to those who see me, but mostly to myself.

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    1. Thank you Rafia ❤ . At this point for better or worse the hijab has come to be synonymous of "Muslim women", even though many Muslim women actually don't wear it. The fact that each one of us has her own reason for wearing the hijab, is in my humble opinion part of its beauty.

      I'm actually never asked "why" these days, I think it is mostly due to the vibe I give of (the "don't ask me any stupid questions or I'll read you the riot act in its entirety" kind of vibe)….loooool.

      I wore it in my early 20s because I wanted to deepen my relationship with Allah 'aza wajal, and the hijab was my way of cementing that covenant. I remember thinking on that first day: "Why did I wait so long to do this?". I felt completely and utterly at peace with my decision. I never looked back, nor ever regretted putting on my hijab. It is an integral part of who I am and I can't imagine my life without it. It is a constant reminder that I must strive to be the best possible version of myself and always seek the approval of Allah (swt).

      I think we Muslim ladies are amazing and we need to own our awesomeness.

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      1. You made me smile with that part of the vibe you give off! 🙂 I usually look at my feet when I feel uncomfortable. I haven’t been personally asked, but it’s come up at panels. I’ve never had temptation to take the hijab off, though I know quite a few women who have. But sometimes I feel like the reason I wear it is because it’s become a part of my identity. It’s not always an intentional act. Also, I dislike my hair. But that’s not the reason why I started wearing it, otherwise I would have started when I was 13! 😉

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