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Why did I start wearing hijab?

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So it's been two years since I started wearing a head scarf...the hardest thing I've ever done in my life! But things happen for a reason, and I don't regret the change at all. I always felt caught in the middle, since I wasn't fully accepted as a Canadian and wasn't fully accepted as a Muslim. I was somewhat identity-less! Then a new work related project came up integrated in Muslim-dominated schools, and I thought 'hey, why not give the hijab thing a try?'

I was BAD at first!! From September 2008 to March 2009 I would only wear the headscarf while at those schools, 3x/week! The rest of the time, my hair was naked and free. Soon I started to feel like I had MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder). It was all or nothing, so I went all.

There's something a lot of non-Muslims don't realize...and that is how much emphasis is placed on physical appearance! I felt it myself, as I still felt the need to style my hair every morning before donning the scarf, like…

Hiking and hijab-ing!

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Hello again!

Ok, so the topic of the day is hiking n' hijab-ing (for those who don't know, the 'hijab' is the headscarf women wear). I started wearing hijab almost two years, and I knew one thing for sure: it was NOT going to stop me from pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle. And it hasn't. If anything, I've become MORE active since then, and the sky is the limit ;)

Hiking is an awesome activity for all of you sisters, no matter your fitness level, even for all of you new moms! However, it's wise to hydrate yourself and of course, wearing the right gear is really important. I've trialed a few different outfits over the past two summers, and have perfected the the perfect hiking hijab!

1. Pants: Lululemon

I love Lululemon (kudos to friend Shannon for getting me hooked!). The BEST pants they have for hiking are the Dance Studio Pant II
Talk about awesome-ness, I not only wear them hiking but great for walks and flights, since they super comfy and light! A…

Welcome and Salaamalaikum!

Wow, you're reading my blog! :) I've decided to try a blog aimed at Muslim and non-Muslim women. Why? First, I want to debunk any stereotypes others may have about devout Muslim women who wear a headscarf (hijab). I guarantee you, I am nothing like those stereotypes! Second, I want to support other Muslim women in living an active and healthy lifestyle! There are just not enough resources for Muslim women who want to pursue activities yet still want to abide by Islam. I believe I've found that balance, and I want to share my 'tips and tricks' with you!

Despite being an activity and outdoor junky, my daytime job is an Occupational Therapist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I love it to death, but like anyone, if you work hard, you should also play hard!

Since summer is at hand and I'm a hiking enthusiast, that will be the topic of my first post. For all you Muslim sisters out there who want to hike but have never tried it, have no fear!!! It's not as hard as it…