What Islam means to us
Our hijabs, our voices
Being Muslim females, we’ve been targeted because of our religion. Society has made us feel abnormal for following our religion our entire lives.
Micro-aggression often overlooked
Throughout my life, I have heard words that disrespect my religion. I have been affected by the media and people who use words intended to offend and mock followers of the Islamic religion. Throughout my days in school, I constantly hear people using phrases such as “Wallahi” and “Allahu Akbar.” In my religion, these arabic words mean “I swear on God’s name (“Wallahi”),” a wor...
Discrimination toward Muslims
Growing up, I went to a predominantly white, Christian public school and felt like an outcast. Kids made me feel like I didn’t belong and always ask questions like “Do you have hair? Do you shower with that thing on? Aren’t you hot?” Although their questions made me feel like I don't belong, I never hesitated to wear my hijab. Even though these types of situations happened in school, the ou...
Misinterpretations regarding Islam
Islam—the root word meaning peace. Now, don’t get me wrong, my religion may be perfect but the people in it are not. So when one person makes a mistake, don’t blame it on the whole religion. The religion of Islam is often accused of oppressing when in reality Muslims are the ones being oppressed. In 2017, Trump signed papers banning people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering...
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