A Second Chance: Story 5 Muslim Girl

CLICK HERE for ALL STORIES in this series “I could do this all the time!” Lyrica threw her hands up and moved her body in rhythm to the music blaring from her iPod player on the schoolyard pavement. Laughing, Kayla pushed herself off the grass and stood to join Lyrica. Kayla motioned to Inaya. “Come on,” she said. “Let’s dance.” …

She Likes A Boy: Story 4 Muslim Girl

CLICK HERE for ALL STORIES in this series “Sorry about yesterday,” Kayla said Tuesday morning as she turned off the ignition and put the car in park. “I should’ve waited for you to get your head cover instead of rushing to class.” “It’s okay.” Inaya felt a sense of dread as she leaned forward to pick up the backpack she’d …

Hijab On or Off? Story 3 Muslim Girl

CLICK HERE for ALL STORIES in this series Monday morning, Inaya sat looking out the passenger-side window next to Kayla, who was giving her a ride to school. Inaya felt uncomfortable in her drab all-black garb, but a surge of nervous excitement sent her heart racing as she glanced down at the sliver of jean skirt peeking through the open …

American Public School: Story 2 Muslim Girl

CLICK HERE for ALL STORIES in this series It was a Monday morning in early September when Inaya followed Sa’ad and Veronica as they entered the glass double doors of the public school that Inaya would attend. Heart hammering in excitement, Inaya stared in awe at the massive main staircase and the ceiling-to-floor glass pillars displaying academic and athletic trophies, …

Muslim Girl: Story 1

CLICK HERE for ALL STORIES in this series Inaya’s Thoughts When my mother became Muslim, I didn’t even know what a Muslim was. I mean, what does a nine-year-old know about religion? I remember when she first told me. I was tucking the Ebony magazine under my pillow so that my parents wouldn’t know I was reading it. I looked …