The American culture's obsession with prom escaped me entirely. In high school I was certainly aware of the rite, but I never felt deprived.
|Tharima Ahmed, organizer of the Girls-Only Prom|
A Muslim girl, however, did. Attending public school, she and her gender-segregated friends decided to host their own prom. Raising money mostly through bake-sales, they were able to finance their own boy-free bash, where they could wear a prom dress, free their hair, and dance. Even their non-Muslim classmates were happy to attend.
Shortly before 8, it was time for prayer, the spaghetti straps and empire waists disappearing under hijabs and abayas, a prayer rug taking its place on the dance floor.
Maybe we should have our own prom! Sounds like fun—an evening devoted to satin, religion, and girlie relationships, without infringing males or shadchanim.