modesty

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Basket of Moonlight

I was no longer sure about the time of day. Not a ray of sunlight was apparent to signify the morning, nor was there a sliver of moonlight to signify the night. All I was certain about was the opacity that engulfed the atmosphere I was trudging through. The air felt moist against my forehead as I blindly roamed on, and made me wonder if I was passing through a dark, dense fog. I wandered and wandered. The surface beneath my feet was rough and uneven. At one point...

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So You Think I’m Immodest?

The whole day had simply been concocting the ingredients for a famous dish, fiasco. I’d woken up for Fajr dreading getting dressed, because today’s dress code was to wear jeans and a t-shirt. How I could wear that modestly mystified me. I sighed and finally pulled on a long formal dress shirt that went just past my knees first, and then put the giant casual gray T-shirt on top. When they had asked me for a size, I’d gotten the biggest shirt they had. The other girls, debating whether...

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The Handicapped Sign

The nearest parking spot. It always looked so appealing, so tempting. But then again, it also always was clearly marked with the “Handicapped Only” sign, along with all of the nearby alluring spots. Not that I ever put much thought into that. It just meant we couldn’t park there. But one day, all of that changed. There, while looking through my car window into the oppressive August heat, I experienced an epiphany. It was a sweltering afternoon when my mother left us kids in the car, right next to...

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The Six Hues of Hayaa’

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Faith or belief consists of more than sixty branches or parts, and Hayaa’ is a part of faith”. There is no true English definition of the word ‘Hayaa’’ but the closest one can get to it is shame, modesty, and bashfulness. Hayaa’ is an essential characteristic of a Muslim; it must be obtained in order to attain faith as they come together as a pair: Abdullah ibn Umar...

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Modesty In My Soul

The law set in life for me to live by, or a trait instilled by the Most High Though it’s not something you can easily find A characteristic to instill, A duty to fulfill, Doing the right thing due to Allah’s will Noticed by my peculiarity, as I live in a foreign country, But it’s a positive from of disparity as long as I posses it with sincerity Modeled by my credence, powered by my guidance Led by my resilience against those who wish to find me in its...

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Wisdom From Unlikely Sources

Go to any quotation site, and you’ll notice that most of the quotes come from famous people. However, whoever said that wisdom comes only from famous people? The following is a compilation of true stories and conjured tales from MYM staff writers (as well as a special guest writer towards the end) that think otherwise and have encountered wisdom from unlikely sources.  Here goes: Sr. Maryam: Go Down To Go Up I remember going to a hospital for a meeting with a doctor. I got off the car, the hospital’s entrance door...

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Too Fast, Too Furious

By Ayman Nassar Today, we got a reminder of death which we very often forget about; a 20-year-old brother from my community perished in a car accident. I know we all love speed, excitement and the high adrenaline levels that driving brings with it, but it is important for us to be constantly reminded: Our bodies are a trust Our trust is a responsibility Our responsibility is executing the mission Our mission is submission Our submission is through our deeds Our deeds are based on intentions Our intentions are...