I want to take a moment to thank you, the women who make this magazine possible.
For every beautiful photo you share with me, there are dozens of beautiful, thoughtful women like you.
You inspire me to do the things I love and am passionate about.
I want you to know that I’m grateful for your stories and your work.
But I also want to share a few things.
The first is that there is a real problem of bias against Muslims in our society.
There is no greater obstacle to the acceptance of Muslim women than their dress.
And it is this bias that contributes to a society that, in its current form, allows discrimination to thrive.
I’m sure there are many women who feel this way, and I know there are people who do not.
But as I’ve said many times, I’m here to tell you that if you want to be the kind of person who will support your sisters and sisters-in-law, you have to support yourself, too.
And that means, first, that you stop wearing the hijab.
The headscarf is a symbol of submission to the Muslim faith.
And when the headscarves of women are torn off, we are denying ourselves.
This is why, in my view, the head scarf is not just a religious symbol, it is a political symbol.
It’s also a symbol that is part of the fabric of our society, the fabric that allows us to celebrate diversity, and the fabric which protects us from hatred.
If you are not wearing the head coverings, you are also denying yourself the ability to feel safe, to feel supported, to be accepted, and to be respected.
As a Muslim, it would be a shame to leave behind the head covering you love.
I know that for many people, that means wearing a headscarb.
The decision to wear a head scarf should not be a religious or cultural thing.
It should be a personal choice that you make for yourself.
And for many of us, wearing a scarf is a matter of conscience.
The religious and cultural significance of the headcoverings is important, but it is not the only reason for wearing them.
It is a reflection of who we are and who we want to become.
And so, to end my post, I want every Muslim woman to know this: I have always been proud to be Muslim.
But in the last year, I’ve been more aware of the ways in which I can be more open to other people, to other ways of thinking.
And I am also mindful of the people I have come to know who are Muslim.
We are often the only people who share our religious and social beliefs, but our differences can be the difference between belonging and not belonging.
This makes us vulnerable to bigotry, because we often feel the need to prove ourselves to others.
But let me be clear: When I see a Muslim person wearing the scarf, I don’t see a threat.
I see an opportunity to be kind and inclusive.
I also see a person who is proud to wear the scarf because she feels that the scarf represents her family, her culture, and her faith.
If I see someone who is wearing the veil, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable and offended.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
It doesn’t even have to happen in front of me.
We can start by saying a simple prayer every day.
Let’s be more accepting of everyone and everything we meet.
It will make us stronger as a people.
And we can start saying a few more words of encouragement each day.
I am so proud of you.
For so many years, I have been praying to Allah, asking for His blessings, and praying for your success.
It has been so humbling.
And you are doing such a beautiful job, my sisters and brothers.
I pray for the best of you, and for your happiness, prosperity, and peace.
We have many things to do today, but let’s start with this: Today is International Women’s Day, and this is our day to reflect on our collective efforts.
But more than that, we need to remember that every day, in every part of our lives, we face challenges.
We need to stand up and fight.
We must stand up for our rights, our dignity, and our humanity.
But we also need to show our love and care for one another.
That means that we have to speak out against bigotry, hatred, and oppression.
And the first thing we need is a new set of rules.
Because in the end, when we do stand up together, we will be stronger for it.
And even though we are all different, we all have one thing in common: We want to show the world that we are not afraid of anyone.
And if we are going to be free, we must be free of fear.
Let us stand up, take a stand, and be strong.
May Allah guide us in our quest for equality.