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Mosquers and Mosaics

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If you had told us a year ago that we were going to create a film for a Muslim video contest and make it into the finals, we would not have believed you. In fact, you may have gotten an 'astakfirillah' for playin' with us!!

Yet we did. And for that, we are thankful.

The Mosquers Awards show was held last night in Edmonton. We had a convoy drive up from Calgary for a day trip, not only for our video, but for another amazing drama (and winner!!) "The Table", which captivated the audience! Never the less, the hype leading up to the event was quite high!

We decided quite late in August to start filming the video, and with a deadline of September 13th, it left little room for editing. My brother, who had never edited before, took on the task and blew us away with is skills. The final product was breathtaking to us, all constructed from a few recorded clips, our message seemed clear and strong. We were more than proud of the final product, and despite joking about writ…

The Anatomy of the Hijab

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The hijab is a fascinating creature with a life of it's own. Sure, it may look like a piece of cloth wrapped around one's head, but it's SO much more than that! It has an interior layer much like our own skeleton, can transform to take on many different shapes (and heights), and has the ability to camouflage itself according to the colour of outfit you are wearing.

I mean really, what else can do this?!

In terms of it's scientific classification, if we consider the traditional "Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species" (isn't it sad that I REMEMBER this MANY years after I learned it in Bio 231?!), the scientific name for it would be...umm...Hijabisapiens?! Hijabilicious?! Wait...that sounds haram!!!

If we look at the evolution of the hijab since it's inception during the dawn of Islam, it has most definitely changed in many ways. Scientific inquiry would reveal that fabrics have become lighter and more breathable, colours have become bri…

The Chosen Career Conundrum

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Parents want the best for their children. This is a universal fact that transcends cultures, religions, and countries.

Sometimes though, what parents want for their children is not what their children want for themselves. An even more commonly seen observation among families that requires children to stand for up what they want even though their parents may vehemently disagree.

Especially with regards to career choice.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, Muslim parents have high expectations for their children...as they rightly should. But ask these parents what they want their children to be when the grow up, and you'll find the responses to be top professional fields: doctor, lawyer, engineer, a financial/business position, or dentist. Not many parents would encourage their children to go into trades, education, skilled labor force, "helping professions", or to encourage other options that may exist. Hence most children grow up not really being exposed to the myriad of…