Double Standards: Stop Comparing Hijabis to Lollipops and Pearls

“Lollipops and pearls have been used to describe women – specifically women in hijab for some time now. I don’t remember ever taking issue with the pearl metaphor. But the lollipop seems a bit more alarming. Two lollipops stand side by side: one is covered and a fly passes by the other which is uncovered and several flies are feeding off of it. Though there is no perfect metaphor, at least from a woman’s point of view, it’s frightening to imagine that men only find us worthy of respect when we are covered.” (

The Difference Between Ibn Ali And Everyone Else (The Need For Authentic Dawah)

 “I’m not sure if I ever interacted with Ibn Ali, I just noticed him, and later his wife and kids, among those sitting in an Islamic class in Masjid Muhammad of Atlantic City —seeing a family learning together were reason enough to smile. Recently that man that I only happened to notice in an Islamic class became the object of nationwide attention for being the star of an unusual viral fight video. Sadly, teens now not only have to live with the consequences of their classmates knowing they got beat up in a fight -they must also deal with humiliation on the Internet.” (

“Had I been born in Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs, it would have been a good time to be Black. Black people were the ruling class. The oppressed class, at least for a period of time, was the Hebrews. But I was not born then; I was born in 1988 in America, and being Black here and now means being a part of the oppressed class. Hundreds of years of slavery, decades of legalized mistreatment, disempowerment and overall injustice. I live in a time where saying “Black Lives Matter” after of string of murders perpetrated by police is met with mockery and belittlement by mainstream America.” (

Black Muslims And Black Muslim Issues

“Can religious Muslims choose to wait for love or must they settle down with the most practical match? We all grapple with this question, especially if we hit our late 20s and have not yet married. What is it that I really want? We all desire both love and marriage, but as time goes by, we begin to wonder if we should replace the idealistic “and” with a more cynical “or.”” (

Love And Marriage

An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement

“My parents never bought CinderellaThe Little Mermaid, or Snow White. They weren’t stories told in our house or movies played on our TV. There was no Princess Tiana then, but my parents only showed us films with “colored” princesses: Mulan (Asian), Pocahontas (Native American), and Jasmine (Arab). We also loved the African animals of The Lion King. We never idealized whiteness in our house. None of this was done overtly, though it may have been intentional. Only in retrospect did I realize the kind of tacit self-love my parents were embedding in us.” (