Maryam J. Pean
Maryam J. Pean

I once was walking into the grocery store during an 86 degree summer day. A lady whom may have had good intentions but cynically and a bit sarcastically she touched my head covering and asked aren't you hot under there, Gosh? In a sorrowful way as if she felt so bad for me. I calmly stated that it was 86 degrees outside, and anyone who was not hot on this weather may have a built in air conditioner, and if that was the case I hope it's on sale and chuckled. She sucked her teeth and frowned...

I once was walking into the grocery store during an 86 degree summer day. A lady whom may have had good intentions but cynically and a bit sarcastically she touched my head covering and asked aren't you hot under there, Gosh? In a sorrowful way as if she felt so bad for me. I calmly stated that it was 86 degrees outside, and anyone who was not hot on this weather may have a built in air conditioner, and if that was the case I hope it's on sale and chuckled. She sucked her teeth and frowned pretty hard. I then pointed to another patron with a big bright white umbrella and said she has the right idea huh? I guess I'm wearing my umbrella on my head instead of carrying it around, and it doubles as a headband to catch the sweat that would normally fall on glasses, that's pretty annoying hum? She began to ignore me as she removed her groceries from the cart. I then greeted her to have a nice day and stay hydrated in this weather. I hope maybe the truth is what silenced her antics, I do hope

Mercedes Hakim-Albert
Mercedes Hakim-Albert
  • Maryam J. Pean

Yes I get that a lot n actually being coverd keeps us cooler then the ones that expose the skin

Alia Yusuf
Alia Yusuf
  • Maryam J. Pean

I cover myself up and haven't faced much of such situation because i live in place where liberal Muslim women practice it quite commonly but some times people do ask me how do i wear sneakers in summers as it must be sweaty...and i suggest them to try covering up maximum and let me know the experience. It certainly does protects skin tan and sun burn, graying of hair and protects it from all sort of pollution. there is always something beneficial in ways of Islam

Cyndi Lopriore
Cyndi Lopriore

I had been attending a study group on different religions at my place of worship and we were accepted to visit a place of worship and people so very gracious, the women telling us of a typical day and of prayer rituals they follow, also what is acceptable as a Muslim women and what is not, I just learned a lot more, but had not changed my already acceptance of any other ethnic group. I came away with just more of a personal love of others.

Hereward Pooley
Hereward Pooley
  • Cyndi Lopriore

I met a young woman on the internet who challenged me to read the Qharan. I got two translations from the library and dipped into them for about a month. I found several beautiful spiritual passages. I am an atheist, and at the same time I was being visited by two Jehova's Witnesses. My internet friend encouraged me to ask them certain specific questions which helped them to make some progress in converting me to their cause. In the end I lost contact with all three of them.

Cyndi Lopriore
Cyndi Lopriore
  • Cyndi Lopriore

I have found that all religions that I have read on, have a lot in common and all seem to have the beauty of love and service in their believes, may I ask why you consider yourself to be an atheist, you seem to have an interest in searching for answers Pooley.

Mary Akashah
Mary Akashah

I have lived with and among Arabs and Muslims for many, many years, and lived 6 years in the Middle East. I have never found any of the stereotypes of Muslim women to be true. In isolated places where there seemed to be real oppression, it almost always derived from pre-Islamic tribal customs. That is, it came either from ignorance and a gross misreading of Islam or from tribal traditions that resisted the introduction of Islam. As for claims some have made that Muslim and/or Arab women are...

I have lived with and among Arabs and Muslims for many, many years, and lived 6 years in the Middle East. I have never found any of the stereotypes of Muslim women to be true. In isolated places where there seemed to be real oppression, it almost always derived from pre-Islamic tribal customs. That is, it came either from ignorance and a gross misreading of Islam or from tribal traditions that resisted the introduction of Islam. As for claims some have made that Muslim and/or Arab women are abused, I found wife abuse to be no more prevalent in Muslim or Middle Eastern communities than it is in Western or Christian societies (and perhaps somewhat less), and when it was encountered it came from the same place it comes from here - a personality disorder in the husband, not some aberration in cultural norms. (Note to those who might be misled by the photo: No, I am not Muslim. The picture was taken at a wedding, to which I prefer to wear a hat or scarf.)

Khawla Nasfi
Khawla Nasfi

En tant que musulmane beaucoup croient qu’on n’est pas ouvert et tolérant vis-à-vis des non-musulmans.. beaucoup pensent qu’on cherche a les nuire a les éradiquer, qu’on ne respecte pas leur foi, leur croyance… j’ai réussi à prouver à mes amis et a ceux qui croisent mon chemin le contraire.. la cohabitation est possible, dans le respect, il suffit d’aimer son prochain comme aimer soit meme qu'importe sa religion!

Pinar Genc
Pinar Genc

Prior to Islam women were being oppressed. Oppressed due to their exploitation and furniture like characteristics. Women, even mothers of the men, had no rights, in the eyes of the men. Covering ones self can only express freedom. All types of beauty lyes beneath those coverings. It gives women an opportunity to dress and be whom they want to be, freely, without having to show it all off or flaunt it. They work, they have fun, they even go for a swim! They do this in the company of their...

Prior to Islam women were being oppressed. Oppressed due to their exploitation and furniture like characteristics. Women, even mothers of the men, had no rights, in the eyes of the men. Covering ones self can only express freedom. All types of beauty lyes beneath those coverings. It gives women an opportunity to dress and be whom they want to be, freely, without having to show it all off or flaunt it. They work, they have fun, they even go for a swim! They do this in the company of their families and no strange man over looking them. It's all inner beauty. The outer beauty is treasured by the only man who ever enters her life :)) it's really just beautiful

Colin McKellar
Colin McKellar
  • Pinar Genc

linked in and facebook friendships and acquaintances are bridges i try to build

Assalaam Alaykum
Assalaam Alaykum
  • Pinar Genc

I'm happy for you to add me as a friend Colin. You can search me on Facebook :))

Iqbal Warsi
Iqbal Warsi

Assalam alikum

Iqbal Warsi
Iqbal Warsi
  • Iqbal Warsi

I seem to be the only female Muslim chaplain working with the Police....where are all the others? Even men are not present in the chaplaincy, someone should be able to do something just to explain what Islam is all about. Where are all the Chaplain brothers graduated from Markfield Institute of Higher Education?

Sawidah Rita CarlaHaynes

Alhamdullilah! I recently had the opportunity to abolish at least 90% of what some think of muslim women. I was at the testing site in Riverdale, GA for k12.I sat all day refusing to leave our children without the support in case some of these ignorant folks got crazy. It eneded up being an opportunity to give Dawah.I met people who had questions about Islam. The fact that I spoke to them killed the notion we are unsociable or unapproachable. Truly some of the questions were just out of...

Alhamdullilah! I recently had the opportunity to abolish at least 90% of what some think of muslim women. I was at the testing site in Riverdale, GA for k12.I sat all day refusing to leave our children without the support in case some of these ignorant folks got crazy. It eneded up being an opportunity to give Dawah.I met people who had questions about Islam. The fact that I spoke to them killed the notion we are unsociable or unapproachable. Truly some of the questions were just out of curiosity. Allah makes Muslims and chooses whom he wants for this Deen Qadar Allah! All we can do is represent ourselves and the Ummah in the best of Adab and shed light to a Way of live that has been negatively portrayed by the media and those who have a hate for us. Mashaa Allah I pray I represented and gave the best impression. If nothing else comes from it May Allah show them how beautiful this way of life is. Ameen!

Mdmesbahun Nabi
Mdmesbahun Nabi

Covering body and head do not mean covering her wisdom and knowledge. A covered women earns more respect than others.

Kevin Conway
Kevin Conway

I was fortunate enough in my job to work with the Islamic Women's Association. They cover a wide range of ethnic backgrounds from southern Russia to Arab countries , African and Asian countries. They always were a delight to deal with. Despite there being a number of sects and Nationalities, they worked together not only for their own community but for the wider community. I was impressed so much by their natural sense of contributing, their organisational abilities and their welcoming...

I was fortunate enough in my job to work with the Islamic Women's Association. They cover a wide range of ethnic backgrounds from southern Russia to Arab countries , African and Asian countries. They always were a delight to deal with. Despite there being a number of sects and Nationalities, they worked together not only for their own community but for the wider community. I was impressed so much by their natural sense of contributing, their organisational abilities and their welcoming manner. I get so frustrated with these fools that carry on about terrorists, when I saw so much that was being done for others without thought. My interaction included the 9/11 period and several mentioned the abuse that they received but there was no bitterness just a hope for understanding.

Bill Harwood
Bill Harwood

Simply put I have lived 2 years in Berlin (the second largest Turkish city on earth) and 10 years in Amsterdam where many of my neighbors and friends were Islamic. None of this nonsense holds up when you actually know others.

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