Vote by Marwa Balkar

Vote by Marwa Balkar

I’m sorry if this comes off as harsh: if you’re not voting, don’t complain when you’re attacked. Islamophobic hate crimes are on the rise, and the Muslim ban is in full effect. An important point to note: 64% of candidates either running or are currently in office have openly targeted Muslims.

What are you doing about it? 

“What’s the point of voting? It doesn’t count”
Don’t make the same mistake our parents have made. Their disinvolvement in elections are a big reason as to why Muslims are not directly involved in conversations about us. If US candidates don’t see our demographic show up  in the polls, they know that they don’t have to worry about our opinion because we don’t have enough numbers to stop anything.The current issues may not be directed to the Muslim demographic, but it is our responsibility as Muslims to not remain silent on matters of injustice.

We are stripping children away at the borders from their mothers, many of those children are then locked in cages. Sexual harassment is on the rise. Racially led crimes are on the rise. All of these acts, justified in the minds of the perpetrators, by their party. We are foolish if we think we can blame all of this on Trump. The Republican party is the reason why he gets away with everything, so we need to vote them out. Don’t get me wrong, Democrats are their own kind of mess, but at least they’re not so blatantly putting a target on our backs, and the backs of every other minority. As more and more people of color are running for office under the Democratic flag, we have a brighter future in their hands as compared to the the hands of the Republicans.

Vote because this isn’t about “politics” anymore. Vote because “politics” is directly intertwined with human rights, and it’s your responsibility as a Muslim to raise your voice. We’ll be held accountable if we don’t.

You Just Might Save Us…

You Just Might Save Us…

Although every national election holds a significance, this midterm election is fueled in a way so different than those of recent memory.

This midterm election carries the furious energy of the 2016 Presidential elections, and in many ways has only increased in intensity. Everything from the Muslim Ban to the Detention Centers, this past year has had an emotional toll on thousands of Americans. Former President Barak Obama has taken to the campaign trail, describing this midterm election as “one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States needs to determine just who we are, and what is it that we stand for.”

The results of what occurs tomorrow will not only determine our future, but will act as our voice. We will finally be able to tell the world what we, as Americans, truly feel about this government and their policies. Democrats only need 23 seats to win the House! This win could potentially be the event in which our government begins to be held accountable of their actions, and although potential government scandals along with associated accusations or denials could possibly become our everyday news, justice will inevitably be served.

What can you do?

  1. VOTE. If it’s not obvious enough already. Make sure you schedule your day around your ability to vote. Alongside this, educate yourself on the candidates so you can truly make the best informed decision.

 

  1. Spread the word and encourage your loved ones, community members, and neighbors to vote as well. This midterm election is heavily dependent upon numbers. Make it count!

 

  1. If you’re not old enough to vote be sure to volunteer your time and encourage your parents, siblings, and folks who actually can to go out and vote and take advantage of this blessing to make history.

 

  1. Make Dua. Never forget that prayer and faith can move mountains.

 

Praying for a better tomorrow, make your vote count and you just might save us…

Interview with Hira Ali

Interview with Hira Ali

Today’s blog post is a pretty interesting one. Well, it was definitely an interesting one to put together. A few weeks ago we had reached out to a young blogger, Hira, also known as thedreamingali on Instagram. We had originally asked if she would be interested in collaborating in which she gracefully agreed, however, her response shook our entire team to say the least.

For those of you who don’t know, the terms of a collaboration are usually done with an exchange of payments or the giving of free products, a review of the products are then given online in return. This is a great way for many small businesses to promote their product and for bloggers to make an income doing what they love.

The response Hira gave us shocked us because it was one that we’ve never received in the past. After she so kindly agreed to collaborate, she mentioned that she would like to pay for the hijabs we send her (whaaaaaat?!?!). So not only would this lovely human being help us market our products but she offered to pay for them as well (we literally thought we were being punk’d).

We decided to have a chat with Hira so we could better understand her reasoning and why she offered to do something most folks don’t even think about.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m currently a junior at Fashion Institute Technology (FIT) and I’m majoring in advertising and design. I tend to focus on campaigns and visuals that deal with a mission for social change, I like to use fashion to speak about social issues, it’s what I’m passionate about. I got into the blogging world because I’ve always had in interest in fashion. Growing up I was the only Muslim in my school so I wasn’t able to dress the way I wanted to in fear of being bullied. Sharing my world on Instagram allows me to keep up with my creative side and allows keeps me grounded in my religiosity.

  1. How do you feel about the current state of the modest fashion world?

I’m not completely content with it because of the lack of diversity. It’s unfortunate to see the modest fashion world has an ideal image as well- light skin models who dress very similarly, it’s all about the aesthetics. It isn’t authentic.

  1. When we had asked if you’d like to collaborate you agreed but you offered to pay for the hijabs- why is that?

 If I’m promoting something on my Instagram, its going to be products I completely stand by. I truly believe in Veiled Beaut’s mission; I believe it’s important for people to understand there are companies out there who are creating the change we ultimately want to see and we should be supporting them.

  1. Why do you think your response surprised us?

I was surprised you were surprised!

  1. Do you feel like bloggers/influencers have a greater responsibility than the average lay person on Instagram?

 Honestly, yes. So many people follow them and if they’re recommending something then people are going to use their own money to purchase these products. They need to be aware of their audience and not just go with the companies that are going to pay them the most.

We’d love to hear your thoughts! What did you learn? What surprised you the most? Leave a comment below!