Muslim Teen Told Dad She Wants To Take Off Her Hijab, And His Response Is Powerful
By Mustafa Gatollari
7 hours ago
When it comes to strictly religious societies, there’s a lot of shame and gossip that goes around. I wouldn’t say it’s the norm from the communities I grew up in. Most people just minded their business, went to the mosque, and did their own thing.
There were a few Judgey McJudgersons who kind of ruined it for everybody else, but for the most part, people were able to do what they want without much backlash from their families or community. Hell, I’ve gone pretty much full rogue and have managed to keep all of my Muslim friends and family members. My wife also used to wear hijab and has long since removed it and, with the exception of a few people who think it’s their place to call her out on it (when I’m not around, I might add) nothing’s really changed in her life.
But that’s not to say there aren’t still Islamic countries and communities that use the hijab as an excuse to control women. But to assume that the only reason a woman would wear hijab is due to her family forcing her to wear it, is pretty darn insulting to the woman wearing it.
Which is exactly what happened to 17-year-old Lamyaa from Pennsylvania, who’s all but accustomed to receiving harassment online for being Muslim.
Lamyaa:Baba, I want to tell you something. Lamyaa’s father:Talk to me[asks her if she’s OK in Arabic] Lamyaa:Yeah I’m okay. I was thinking. I want to take my hijab off. Lamyaa’s father:Sweetheart that’s not my decision to make. That’s no man’s decision to make. If it’s what you feel like you want to do, go ahead. I’ll support you no matter what. Is everything okay? Did something happen?
After Lamyaa posted her conversation online, it’s received over 140,000 retweets and more than 300,000 likes.
“People believe that Islam is misogynistic, hateful, or violent, and I think that stems from their inability to differentiate culture and religion. Islam is a religion and, like all religions, it is what you bring to it.”
Lamyaa also pointed out that she wasn’t trying to say that there aren’t Muslim women who are forced into wearing hijab – because there are.
But she wanted to point out that there are tons of Muslim women, like Lamyaa, who wear the Hijab because they choose to, and to assume that they’re being forced into it is dismantling their agency as women, based solely on their religion. (h/t upworthy)
Last week, Mark Woods of Cornwall in the United Kingdom wrote a Facebook post asking if any dog lovers or friends wanted to join him and his dog, Walnut, for a walk.
Walnut the whippet, who was 18 years old, was going to do to the beach for his last walk on Saturday before being put down because of his ill health.
The post quickly started taking off. And by Saturday morning, more than 7,500 people had left comments saying they’d be there or simply offering messages of support.
So when Woods and Walnut went down to the beach this morning, they weren’t exactly surprised to see hundreds of people and their dogs waiting to go on the walk with them.
Writing on Facebook after the walk, Woods confirmed that Walnut was put down on Saturday afternoon, but said that the display of kindness had helped make the day that little bit easier.
“Walnut passed away this morning at 11.56am. The family and our three whippets, Monty, Nelson and Charlie were also in the room.”
“He went very quickly and in my arms. I am writing this post because I owe it to everyone who has supported myself, my family and most importantly Walnut.”
“Thank you to the hundreds of people that attended the walk this morning and to all those that had their own walks with their beloved pets at 9.30am all around the world.”
“I also want to thank the wonderful people of Newquay for their support which I will never forget as long as I live. God bless you all.”
Woods explained that the two have been through everything together. Including two marriages and three engagements. And considering that whippets only usually live to around 13, Walnut seems to have had a pretty good life.
You’d think people would be careful with something that can cost in excess of $ 500. But after Twitter user Seth Schneider was able to take a picture while he high-fived himself, people are trying to do the same and breaking their phones in the process.
It all started with this tweet, which acquired more than 170,000 retweets.
If you were a fan of New York Public Library’s two block long Rose Reading Room, I’ve got some good news for you; the ceiling restoration is complete and the room is scheduled to be reopened on October 5th.
That’s great news for any bookworm, student, or person that can’t stand sitting at a Starbucks while the Pumpkin Spice craze is still going on. The movie scenes shot in the room do it no justice, and the only real complaints people ever had was how much lugging around they had to do if they wanted to pick up a research book from the other side of the library on one of its 11 floors.
That is now a thing of the past.
With the recent expansions and book relocations, planners kept the citizens of New York City in mind when they came up with this new delivery system. Each of the 24 ‘carts’ can hold up to 30 pounds of materials, can travel vertically or horizontally, and take only 5 minutes to work through all 11 levels of the library thanks to their 75 feet per minute speed. The carts also have built in sensors so you can track your delivery when it’s on route to you.
The $ 2.6 million dollar was part of an initiative to help make the Rose Reading Room an even more pleasant experience for those that would be spending countless hours there going through however many of their 4 million volumes of research material they had to.
Matt Knutzen, the director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions within the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, said in a statement, “Our priorities include preserving our materials and making them increasingly accessible to the public in an inspiring space for research. Our recent storage expansion, our restoration of the Reading Room, and the installation of this system are all elements of that work.”
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