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Raw Oppression

Raw Oppression

The number one topic people want to know is whether or not Muslim people are oppressed. But one may wonder why has this question been at the top of curiosity category for many years. With the recent banning issues in France,  which has trickled down to Canada now wanting to follow suit; I was forced to bring the issue of oppression front and center. It would appear that laws of any kind (that do not fall within Islamic guidelines) are against Muslims. This piece of truth is clear and evident with the banning of any Islamic article/clothing allowed in the colleges in France; since 1997. But these banning issues seems to attack Muslim women more. One may think by attacking Muslim women it would weaken the hearts of man and cause man to fall. But as protesters in France has shown, this is not the case. There is much strength in the righteous woman and the righteous man. Weakness is an illusion configured by true oppressor’s hoping to tame the world with fear; also known as Raw Oppressor’s.

Raw Oppressor’s  think by stirring up fear or the non-sense of Muslims being oppressed, that it would scare people from embracing Islam or those who have embraced Islam to abandon their faith. Some Raw Oppressor’s fear Islam because it is the fastest growing religion in the world. Other Raw Oppressor’s use the violence on Muslim women as a fear, reason to stay away from Islam. According to , 60 percent of Korean women had been battered by their husbands. According to “Nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.” These statics are non-Muslim women. It’s okay, I laughed myself! One may ask who are these Raw Oppressor’s.

The answer is being unfolded on a day to day basis through politics, television, jobs, society, laws, and so on. They are everywhere and have made allies with others, who think and fear Islam as a threat to their Corrupted, Political, Power Take-down Campaign. With open eyes, they are easy to spot and to notice. As Muslims we need to stand firm together, seek Allah’s guidance, and refuse shaitan’s trickery persuading us to put down our faith for acceptance of this Non-Believer’s delusional world.
“Allah will establish in strength those who believe, with the word that stands firm, in this world and in the hereafter: Allah doeth what He will” (The Glorious Qur’an 14:27)\

By Editor, Founder of Imaan Magazine,

LaLa “Noor S.” Garcia


Think your Belief’s Aren’t in Trouble

Think your Belief’s Aren’t in Trouble

By Editor, LaLa “Noor S.” Garcia

“At least two women have been briefly detained in France while wearing Islamic veils, after a law banning the garment in public came into force. The law is likely to be largely symbolic… It will be difficult to prove that a woman is being forced to wear a niqab because of her husband or family.Under the law, any woman – French or foreign – walking on the street or in a park in France and wearing a face-concealing veil such as the niqab or burka can be stopped by police and given a fine. The French government says the face-covering veil undermines the basic standards required for living in a shared society and also relegates its wearers to an inferior status incompatible with French notions of equality” (Women in face veils detained as France enforces ban)

This article has shown that Islamic women are not the ones hiding or running from oppression. Islamic women who feel comfortable with wearing burka or niqab are now being forced to Frances oppressed society. This article should speak loud to the people who find Islamic women in a state of oppression. Two women were arrested for protesting their beliefs and right to be covered how they see fit; which is within Islamic modesty guidelines. Rights of Muslim women have been violated by political propaganda, for political ratings of an unpopular president to throw around his power for another election vote. But many non-Muslims in France have spoken out and believe the ban to be a waste of time, solving nothing. Non-Muslims of France believe that a persons’ choice to be covered or not has been stripped. The people of France see no justice or reason in this matter, other than for political ratings.

The two women arrested spent three hours in jail only to be fined 150 euros (£133; $217) and a citizenship course. “Citizenship course”, what does that really mean?  Women who violate the new law will be ordered to take a citizenship course, as if modesty is not sufficient enough. And what are the “standard requirements of living in a shared society”? What does that mean? Are people of France given a “Standard Requirement Handbook” that outlines how a person is to dress, etiquette clothing or proper behavior skills. France hasn’t ban cleavage shirts or short mini-shirks. What’s next, everyone will have to look the same? Failure to understand Islam is an ignorance that is Nationwide. But this failure spreads a little closer to home, as Muslim women who cover are still being discriminated against in France; which has caused many Islamic women to not wear their hijab, niqab, burka, shayla, Al-Amira, khimar, or chador. Have these women given into Frances oppressed society to be treated equal?

Some people may believe that they are liberating women who are being forced to cover, a way out. But, this ban has stripped the women who choose to wear buraq (burka) or niqab their rights. But the banning doesn’t stop there. In September 2, 2004 France banned religious symbols and apparel in public schools. Turkey has also banned hijabs from being worn in the colleges. The ban was set into place for this reason “A strict headscarf ban had been in force in Turkish universities since 1997. The ban came after the staunchly secularist military had exerted pressure to oust a government it saw as too Islamist.”

Now that’s funny “too Islamist”,  what does that mean? Could this ban be set in motion out of fear? A Muslim cannot be too Muslim. Either they are Islamic: following the Qur’an and/or teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) or they don’t. There is no such thing as being too Muslim. These fears are from non-Believers. Allah warns (Believers) about the ways of shaitan and un-Believers. The banning of headscarf of any kind is a sure sign who the enemy is and who the enemy works for.

“Let those fight in the cause of Allah Who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah,- whether he is slain or gets victory – Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).” Qur’an 4.74.

Hijab Over Employment

By Editor, LaLa “Noor ” Garcia

I decided to share my personal views on how tough it is for Muslims to seek employment in a non-Muslim workforce. I will paint a nice picture of the interview process so that you, reader’s get a clear image of how difficult it is for Muslims to obtain employment without setting aside their belief’s. Let’s begin.

I had been on several interviews within a three week span and one would think I should be employed by now. I have an awesome resume and skills ranging from Corporate to Teaching, and to Customer Service. So, my skills are not the issue as to why I am not being hired for positions I qualify for. I also posses a degree. I figure I throw that bit of real information in there; in case some readers may think me not having a degree could be a possible issue.

When I shake hands with the person conducting the interview;  the first thing they see is that I am wearing one of those things on my head (hijab). Next, is my race. That is two strikes against me. But, I can tell that there is much confusion in their faces. My overall appearance takes most people for a loop; I wear a smile that can light up any dark place, I laugh a lot from my soul, and my clothes are modest/stylish. This creates some difficulty on the interviewer; for the simple fact, they are unsure how to perceive me, overall as a person.

But soon, that fades as new thoughts and so called concerns flow in. Now the person conducting the interview is wondering what I stand for (as if that is any of their concern). They are wondering if I stand for “Black Power” or if I’m a “Terrorist” (because I’m Muslim) or if I’m with that other religious group “Nation of Islam” or maybe all three. And, they wonder how oppressed am I. Oh, I can see the look of pondering over their faces as to whether I am oppressed or not. I’m not oppressed, so I have no scent (lol) of oppression to spray or give off. So, they turn to my hijab.

My hijab becomes the main target of the interview without any questions or discussions being made (in secret), instead of my qualifications. The Hiring Manager conducts the interview in a proper manner, but I know they are sizing me up; not based off my responses to their questions, but because I am Muslim. I am well aware that I am over qualified for most positions that I apply for and that I should be an ideal candidate for the position I am interviewing for. But the job is passed up, not because I am over qualified; but because of their discriminative ignorance.

I am Islamic and I refuse to dumb down and not cover because a company may feel offended by their own ignorance. Their insecurity and lack of my Islamic deen, is not my problem. I do get a little angry when I am passed over for jobs or don’t receive phone calls/email. Which one day caused me to ponder over wearing my hijab or not wearing my hijab in fear of discrimination at interviews. But that thought seemed absurd and made me furious at myself for even entertaining the thought. It occurred to me that the devil was playing his trickery. He wants me to put down my hijab and abandon my deen for employment. But, Qur’an warns me of Shaytan (devil) sly trickery , as well as what happens if I fall into his trap “……..Whose chosen Shaytan for a patron instead of Allah is verily a loser and loss manifest” (Surah 4:119). I’d rather not be a loser. Shaytan attempts to get in my head,  “From the evil of the sneaking whisperer” (Surah 114:4) by reminding me of small disappointments; not being hired because of my hijab-my religion. If I abandon my hijab for a job, I will begin to abandon other essential aspects of my deen. I refuse to give Shaytan and any other company that type of control over my deen, my hijab, and my freedom.

So, I must ask this: would an oppressed person stand firm in their belief’s no matter the cost? Or does a person who doesn’t know that they are oppressed, change their appearance for the sake of ANY job? It’s time some people take a look in the mirror and truly answer that question. A job, a person, a place, or thing will NEVER dictate a true Muslim/Muslimah from putting down his/her beliefs and/or taking off their hijab/kufi.

I’ll be jobless for the moment, because I refuse to set aside my deen for employment. And yes, it feels disappointing at those moments. But when I thank the Hiring Manager with every niceness from my soul, I smile HUGE on the inside. My Deen, kept from being employed by a company full of oppression. Oh yeah….I will smile to that. I call that true FREEDOM!

Woman’s Modesty Poem

Stone walled by TV. Cluttered by greed and envy. Stuck and uptight in today’s society. Inside turning circles in your fake reality. I can see you. Exposed and uncovered. Flattering and sassy. Cleavage shots all day…flashing them daringly in men faces. I see your short skirts, legs on high. You’ve got style and no man has passed you by. At the bar, you’re a rock star.

All I can do is stare. From the corner of your eye; you know that I see you too. I wonder why is it that you feel like a fool. It is because I can see through you. Yea, men pass me by. I’m not the hot topic of men’s conversation and my hijab is flawless. My style has me up on rise. You can’t top that, even if you were high.  I can see that you think that I am lame…funny tho, the guy you took home doesn’t remember your name. Wait…let me guess, you think that I’m oppressed. Oppressed by who? By you?I’ll pass as you continue to give someone who doesn’t respect you more ass. Your failure to see your oppression has you running circles as you wear your ass backwards. Trust, I’m not flattered. In that guy’s eyes you don’t even matter.

Truth speak it, so says the dumb. So, ask yourself who are you really running from. Fooled by TV. But not fooled by me. You see, darling I am free. I’m comfortable inside my own skin, without showing skin. Trump that. Don’t pity me, cause it’s you who I pity the most. Girls with no direction, showing so much skin thinking your classy. Please stop acting. I am cherished by more than a few. With my head held higher than you. My family calls me beautiful. I am daddy’s little girl.  My beauty is sincere. A quality that I know you truly fear.

In the dark, you wonder where our secret lies. With Allah, which is why we don’t hide. I wear hijab with glory. You wear nothing and that’s not a real story. Stutter, non-sense, glued up barbie. Miss me with your frowns, you know Islam hardly. Muslimah is who I be. First name Noor, next name Safoorah. Light, God-fearing woman.

Oppression is a mind state, to not see or understand a woman’s true design. Retract that sentence and it will give you no peace of mind. My style, sharper than your spine. Please forgive me, but you know I’m not telling you lies. I’m not here to falter those who don’t matter. So, cause me no harm with your words. Cause Allah knows that your absurd. Please, ”Being” that claims to be a woman. My modesty will always be your fumble. Fable, tin cup, make-up child. You should look up to me, cause I can show you how. My modesty is my honor.

By Editor, LaLa “Noor Safoorah” Garcia

Different Headscarves

The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women. These scarves come in myriad styles and colours. The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.
The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf.
The burka is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through.
The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf.
The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf popular in the Gulf region. It is wrapped around the head and tucked or pinned in place at the shoulders.
The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear.
The chador, worn by many Iranian women when outside the house, is a full-body cloak. It is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath.

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