Sunday, 7 June 2009

Salma's prom night

This article was published yesterday in The Globe and Mail; what are your thoughts on the event?

Erin Anderssen
Saturday, Jun. 06

Born and raised in Canada, and faithful to Islam, young Muslim women find the balance that defines their lives at the ‘Sisters Prom' – a party where they can let loose without breaking religious rules

Salma Hindy had caramel highlights added to her long, dark hair for the first time yesterday – though because she wears the hijab, they will stay mostly a secret vanity, hidden from public view.

Last night, the 17-year-old honours student, yearbook editor and future engineer, arrived at her prom, concealed by a shapeless tunic, her stylish upswept hair forming a bump under her head scarf. Until, that is, she passed through the closed doors of the banquet hall in Mississauga, Ont., and, under a ceiling of blue and gold balloons, revealed an elegant teenager in a sparkling, black evening gown – the beginning of a night she had imagined since Grade 8.

There was dancing, but no boys – in mixed company, young Muslim women cannot dance or wear revealing clothing. No one was sneaking in alcohol – drinking is strictly forbidden by Islam. And there was no prom Queen: Instead, every graduate wore a tiara.

Read the rest here.


Ms. Mango said...

I think this is a great idea! It is awsome that these girls get to feel like teenagers and have such a 'western' event in a halal way. I wish they had these when I was in high school :D

washi said...

Wow I love this concept! Wish we had that when I was a teen...

Candice said...

That's awesome. I would love for my daughter to have this type of prom. She still has abot 15 years to go so the idea has time to become more common. lol.

caraboska said...

I agree - it's a fantastic idea masha'Allah! I've read about similar events in the States as well.

Ilham Mohamed said...

wow. i wish that was my skwl. i have my prom on the 1st july, & am gonna b tha only one with a scarf. not that am complaining or anythings, its just i would love for it to have been only girls so i too would be able to graduate with a tiara.

LK said...

Aw this is such a wonderful idea! I wish they had all girl dances in general. Having a date is soooo stressful. Much more fun to party with your girls.

Adventurous Ammena said...

mississauga.. nice masha'allah :P

Anonymous said...

aww...thats wonderful. i might do this when im graduating :)

Ifrah said...

We had something similar when I was graduating highschool. This left our school admins furious because they had spent too much money on the preps and were counting on us to attend. We didn't care though and it was honestly a blast... guilt free partying!

Pixie said...

I don't like how half the commentators on and about the article ignorantly confuse what is cultural in so-called Islamic countries, branding the girls who want this sisters prom (no dancing, flirting with boys, showing off skin) altra-conservative. So Muslims in Canada want to follow the Qu'ran they feel they can brand us as "ultra-conservative" and not what "Islam teaches" saying they saw girls dating in Malaysia and Egypt and not caring about mixie mixie mis environments? How so they think that was "Islam" that they saw?

Loved the article though.

Anonymous said...

I think that one of the reasons that many commentators left remarks about the girls being ultra-conservative was because the girls in the article did have a slightly condescending tone with regards to the way they talked about non-Muslim girls. They made some pretty broad generalizations about their lifestyle, saying that because they weren't Muslim, they run around drinking, etc. Not all non-Muslim girls are like that. plenty of girls grow up decently and with good values and they also don't happen to be Muslim.

I thought that the article was an interesting look at a pleasantly and surprisingly flexible and accommodating school, but I did think that the girls could have been a little less lofty/holier-than-thou in explaining their reasons behind their actions.

Saying, for instance, the following:

“There's no real point to the way kids are doing it now,” observed Sarah Kassem, [...] “They are on and off with their boyfriends and girlfriends. They go for a month and they are celebrating.”

“I don't need a boyfriend to have a good time,” she scoffed, and, noting the wild, drunken events that have clouded many a traditional prom, added pointedly: “And my parents won't be freaking out when I am exiting the front door.”

is bound to offend some people who aren't Muslim but who still lead a respectable life. Just as Muslims expect not to be generalized about, so should the same be kept in mind about their attitude toward non-Muslims.

Furthermore, it would be ideal not to be so judgmental towards Muslims who choose to lead a progressive/less stringent lifestyle.

This is all just my opinion, of course, as a Muslim and is not meant to offend or hurt anyone. I hope that it can be taken in with an open mind.

butterfly2729 said...

I wish i could have had something like this.
Mashallah that there is this something like this now :D

Rabeea Mohammad said...

Awww this is amazing Masha'Allah. We did this when we graduated from high school as well..and same city :)

Just made me realize how old we are


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