World Hijab Day

WIN_20170201_120532.JPGMy professor for GS 197 – Global Studies: Islam in Contemporary Europe – encouraged our whole class, Muslims and non-Muslims alike to wear a hijab for one whole day, in support of World Hijab Day. And this is what I learned.

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World Hijab Day

God is like the Sun

He is joy and light and He is everything bright and good in the world. Yet, His very being is too blinding, that we end up not seeing Him for what He really is – something even more massive than Earth herself. When we look up, we frown and cover our faces. We complain about how we’d rather be walking under the cool, pouring rain than this blistering heat. We see Him as a nuisance.

He is also the reason why shadows exist in the first place, for He only travels in a straight line. Every obstacle standing in His way becomes tainted with darkness. Yet, while these shadows are scattered amongst us, we must remember this: light triumphs all. And He will spread his arms across nations to bring that light into our faces once again.

So don’t frown while walking under the sunlight. Look up, close your eyes, and bask in it.

God is like the Sun

When does superstition end and religious fervor begin?

The time superstitions end and religious fervor begins starts when it is preached or taught in public. Some superstitions are spread orally but others are supported with facts.For example, the superstitions about vampires are obviously not true, therefore, they are simply superstitions. But, the superstition about Friday the 13th can be related to religion for that is where it originated (at least, that’s what most people say). They are supported by facts – religious facts, but facts nonetheless – and can be called a ‘religious fervor’.

When does superstition end and religious fervor begin?