• Veiled Accusations

    Recently I read a Facebook post by a feminist page supporting a trending tweet #burntheniqab because it’s ‘not in the Qur’an, it erases women’s identities, and is not empowering’. Westernized Muslims whose families have adopted a negative opinion of hijab or worry that a hijab will compromise the woman’s safety, often discourage female family members from covering. Also, women make up the majority of Muslim converts. If they chose to cover, it often creates a conflict between them and their families. In some cases their families cut ties with them. Similar to women being forced to cover or be shunned by their families, these women often have to choose between…

  • Intelligent Design

    I grew up in a family that wasn’t really religious, more culturally Christian: celebrating the holidays without any of the spiritual stuff. There was this man from the church who had volunteered to take my mom and her siblings to church when they were children. When I was about 8 years old, this same man volunteered to drive my cousins and I to church on rare occasions when we wanted to go. I loved going to church for the singing and meeting people in the community; however, I didn’t go very often. In fact, the Sunday school used to bribe us with chocolate bars if we came 3 Sundays in a row. I…