Poster designed by daughter AJ
The Indian Government of BJP who banned Hijab is shamelessly, and ruthlessly trying to repress Muslim girls’ right to follow their religion. Salams to Muskan who dared to raise her voice against religious bigotry.
It happened to me yesterday. I was on the flight from Houston to Atlanta, and onwards to Roanoke, Virginia. When the flight reached Atlanta, for some reason the aircraft’s doors weren’t opened for the passengers to disembark. We remained sitting for quite some time.
After getting off the plane, I asked for directions to the next terminal for boarding the plane. It wasn’t mentioned on my boarding pass. The lady put me in a cart to catch the train to the terminal.
I didn’t look at the time, figuring I had enough until boarding started. I went to a restroom, leisurely brushed my teeth, and freshened up. After putting my hijab back on, I wandered to my terminal.
Some people were standing in lines, while others were sitting. I thought the lines were for a different flight, so I didn’t take any notice.
I immersed myself in playing Sudoku on my IPad. I had not set the time to change automatically on my IPad. It was set to Houston time. Atlanta was one hour ahead.
After finishing my game it registered with me that the whole sitting area was empty. I went to the desk to enquire, and was told that the flight was already boarded. The chap knew my name without my telling, as I was the last one straggler.
Wasn’t I embarrassed to see everyone waiting for me. I was looking for my seat number. It was at the back of the plane. The sweet couple sitting at the back of my seat laughed, and said, “Here you are. It’s all yours”. The man got up to help me in stowing my carry on.
Thank God I didn’t miss my plane, otherwise I would have caused unnecessary worry to my children.
Isn’t Your Face Red
When was the last time you were embarrassed? How do you react to embarrassment?
Dialogue between a Muslim mother, and her daughter. The daughter finds it stifling wearing a hijab. The mother insists she wears it to school, or going outside.
D says, “I don’t want to wear it”.
M, “why not?”
M, “tell me!”
D, “you won’t go off your rocker?”
D, “I feel a complete ninny, cause none of my classmates wear it. I am the odd one out”.
M, “but they are not Muslims. Why should they wear it?”
D, “why should I?”
M, “you have to wear it, because it’s ordained by God for us, and as such clear guidance is written in the Quran. In Surah Al-Nur, and Surah Al-Ahzab, “believing women are told to cover themselves when they go out of their homes”.
D, “I feel ugly, and it’s depressing”.
M, “now you are objecting, but a few years onward you will find wearing hijab beneficial, and time saving. It protects your skin, and hair from the harmful effects of sun rays. You save time by not spending un-necessary hours in getting ready. It shows you as a modest person not given to appearances, so you gain respect, and most important it’s God’s injunction, not to be violated.
Besides, young lady you are getting late for school, and you better leave now”.
Here is a Christian lady who is wearing hijab for forty days. Please visit her journey of hijab. It’s quite interesting.