To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one's faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction.— Randa Abdel-Fattah
The most tremendous Randa Abdel-Fattah quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
We are, at almost every point of our day, immersed in cultural diversity: faces, clothes, smells, attitudes, values, traditions, behaviours, beliefs, rituals.
The hijab, or sikh turban, or Jewish skullcap are all explicit symbols, but they do not represent a threat or affront to others, and have no bearing on the competence, skills and intelligence of a person.
Sometimes it's easy to lose faith in people.
And sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again.
And it’s when I’m standing there this morning, in my PJs and a hijab, next to my mum and my dad, kneeling before God, that I feel a strange sense of calm. I feel like nothing can hurt me, and nothing else matters.
In a multicultural, diverse society there are countless ways in which people negotiate the everyday lived experience and reality of diversity.
But persistent name calling? that prolongs hurt.
It stretches out. Each nasty word stretches the rubber band further away until finally, one day, it snaps back at you with maximum impact
Religious celebrations, and the good will, high spirits and generosity that mark them, are wonderful occasions for understanding the potential of 'everyday multiculturalism', and how people from diverse faiths can connect and show they care, rather than go down parallel, sometimes hostile, roads.
With my human rights advocacy, that's always been through my writing.
I've always tried to write articles and contribute to journals and a lot of online journals - about human rights, especially Palestinian human rights. I find the time to do things to do things I'm passionate about, because I find enjoyment in them. I just have to juggle.
The easiest way for readers to connect with characters and feel sympathy is to make the character entertaining, sympathetic and likeable.
When you exist in the centre of a debate, as a topic, a hypothesis - otherised and stigmatised - you become the prop in a proposition.
Life isn’t like the movies. People don’t change overnight. people don’t go from arrogant and self-righteous to ashamed and remorseful. They don’t suddenly give in when they’ve spent years taking out. No doesn’t magically become a Yes.
Everything is relative. If you want to understand a problem you look at its cause. You don’t look at its manifestation.
I want to be with one person in my life.
I want to know that the guy I spend the rest of my life with is the first person I share something so intimate and exciting with.
It's like one of those scenes from a feel-good Hollywood movie.
Where everybody is happy and nobody's hair fizzes in the wind. Where it doesn't rain, your shoes stay comfortable all day, and everybody's jokes are funny.
there is more to this hijab than the whole modesty thing.
These girls are strangers to me but I know that we all felt an amazing connection, a sense that this cloth binds us in some kind of universal sisterhood.
I couldn't stop bawling, watching the towers come down.
it was a terrible thing to happen. And a terrible thing to realize that I don't sit though the nigh crying when such horrors happen all the time.
We have to choices in this world; we either try to survive or to give up.
Spirituality is deeply personal. Yet, society has to face the fact that certain faiths celebrate spirituality through an overt expression of inner convictions.
I do most of my reading on the train ride to and from work.
But I always have a book in my handbag so that I can read at any time, anywhere.
I wasn't rebellious. Other friends had far stricter parents and where there wasn't a relationship of respect and communication, they were usually the opposite; kids go to the other extreme.
It is time Australian Muslims stop being treated as negotiable citizens in their own country. It is time people stop 'tolerating' us, presuming some right to decide if we have a place in our own home.
Belief means nothing without actions
What’s the good of being true to your religion on the outside, if you don’t change what’s on the inside,were it really counts ?
One of the first serious attempts I made to write a novel was when I was in Grade 6 and I had read 'Matilda.' I wrote my own version and my teacher had it bound and permitted me to read it to the class - cementing my love of reading, writing and Roald Dahl!
True friends are those who love you not in spite of your faults and imperfections, but because of them.
If I like a book, I tend to read the author's entire collection.
But I choose mainly through personal recommendations, general word of mouth and book reviews.
When it comes to the hijab - why to wear it, whether to wear it, how to wear it - there is theology and then there is practice, and there is huge diversity in both.
You should take notes whenever you hear interesting or original language.
You never feel good when you lie. It doesn't matter how much you want something, if you lie to somebody you love, and they actually, sincerely believe you, you feel like a cockroach that needs some serious Raid action.
For me, religious festivals and celebrations have become an important way to teach my children about how we can transform living with diversity from the superficial 'I eat ethnic food', to something dignified, mutually respectful and worthwhile.
My family are observant Muslims, but I've come to the faith through an intellectual conviction, and that's something that they've taught me. It's never been forced upon me. They've given me a very strong identity as an Australian Muslim.
Most Muslim women know it is fear and curiosity that cause people to stare.
They know it is ignorance and stereotypes that cause people to suppose that a piece of material covering the hair strips a woman of the ability to speak English, pursue a career, work a remote control.
I've always loved writing, and the impulse for me is storytelling.
I don't sit down and think: 'What political message can I sell?' I love the creativity of it.
Yes, Simone, he is mentally unstable for being attracted to you. call the men in white suits.
Parents. Honestly. Sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them.
I've been writing stories since I was a kid. I love writing stories.
That’s when this warm feeling buzzes through you and you smile to yourself, knowing God’s watching you, knowing that He knows you’re trying to be strong to please Him.
Yeah, don't you take a break?" "I don't have time for breaks.
" "That's the whole point of a break. When you've got no time, you need a break.