a short story
by Umm Zakiyyah
“Why isn’t the Qur’an and Sunnah sufficient for us?” Faith said, her hands trembling behind her head as she unfastened her niqaab. She tossed the face veil to a nearby table and collapsed into the softness of the couch, the cloth of her khimaar loosening itself from where it framed the brown of her face.
Grace smiled as she closed the door to her villa and joined her friend on the couch. Grace reached forward and poured coffee into a small glass cup and handed it to her friend. “Still in culture shock after five years?”
Faith groaned and rolled her eyes as she accepted the coffee, but she held the glass in her hand without drinking it. “You won’t believe what my Saudi friend just told me.”
Grace sighed, but her expression remained pleasant. “What now?”
“That the niqaab isn’t obligatory for black women.”
Grace huffed. “I’m not surprised. I was told I have to cover my face because I’m white.” She shook her head then added, “And my eyes because they’re blue.”
“Where do these people learn their religion?” Faith shook her head. “I thought I was coming to a country where I’d feel better as a Muslim, not worse.”
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