Beyond the Hijab Part II

It's been almost two months since I had the interviews and last month I met with the grade level team teachers at the schools that the principals had invited me to. My fears and nerves almost overcame me again as I looked at the school profiles online. There was very little, if any, diversity in teachers at the schools, and I couldn't detect a Muslim face or name. Would these teachers like me? Would I get any "looks" or raised eyebrows when I enter the room? Astaghfirullah. I quickly put my … [Read more...]

A Simple Gift

My mother watches my son while I’m at work. Last week, when I picked him up, she handed me a small gift bag. “What’s this?” I asked. There was no special occasion, and so if it was something she had bought for me while shopping, it didn’t need to be in a gift bag with tissue paper. “Just a simple gift,” she replied. I kissed her goodbye, thanked her, and was on my way.In the rush and commotion of putting my son in his carseat, I had placed the gift bag close to the door, on the floor, along w … [Read more...]

What Would Mariam Do?

Of all the women mentioned in the Quran, only Mariam (as) was mentioned by name, repeatedly, and even a surah was named after her. She, who Allah chose above all the women in the world (Al-Imran:42) and in Paradise (Saheeh Hadith from Hakim’s Al-Mustadrak), she, whose fame rose above all other women in history, honored for her virtue, she who faced her tests with courage and conviction, is Islam’s ideal of womanhood.Indeed it is necessary for both women and men to reflect upon lessons from her … [Read more...]

The Not-So-Wrong Path

My commute is not very pleasant. I'm always stuck in traffic, no matter what route I take or how early or late I leave. I usually stick to the straight, one-way path. From point A to point B. It usually takes me an hour, sometimes less. But then there's the point A to C, D, E, F to get to point B, and although it's a longer, sort of odd, path to take, I can avoid traffic and sometimes get to point B in half the time.Today when I was driving back home, I decided I was going to stick to the … [Read more...]

Beyond the Hijab

The school district I teach in does a “transfair” towards the end of each school year, giving current employees the opportunity to interview for other schools they are interested in transferring to. This year, due to moving and ending up with a long commute, I decided to attend the transfair in hopes that I would get a teaching job at a school closer to home.Although in the same county and school district, the school I currently teach at and the schools I am interviewing for are very dif … [Read more...]

Trusting 100%

It’s easy to say that you trust Allah has a reason for everything, but it is not as easy to truly put your mind and heart at ease and accept plans that are already written for you.Early last year, my husband and I started looking to purchase a home. Each time we would see a home that fit our criteria, we would pray estekhara but would also do everything in our power to try to make it work out. Our hopes were put down twice. Both times, subhanallah, another contract would get put through on t … [Read more...]