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muslim homecoming queen a first for this town

muslim prom queen

Sana Rahim – sixteen-year-old homecoming queen

It’s nice to see a Muslim in the news for something other than the big T

Thanks to Shyema for passing this on



October 17, 2006 - Posted by | Beauty, Fashion&Clothing


  1. Glad to see Muslims being accepted. I hope this trend will continue in North America.

    Comment by Zareen | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. I never went to my prom …or homecoming dance…

    Comment by miral | October 18, 2006 | Reply

  3. I never went to my prom or dances either.
    But it’s kool that her peers voted for her.

    Comment by Shaheen | October 19, 2006 | Reply

  4. *correction…this has just been brought to my attention. naperville isn’t a small town. it’s one of the biggest and most populated chicago suburbs

    apologies for the error!

    Comment by miral | October 19, 2006 | Reply

  5. This is really fun- nice to see someone breaking the stereotype of being a prom queen. I’m actually really happy for this girl. I respect that she stuck to a belief system that is hardly popular and that she managed to win the votes of her peers regardless. That being said, I think the idea of a prom queen is fundamentally ridiculous and I cannot for the life of me understand why it exists or what purpose it serves. I mean, I literally don’t understand, because we had a prom at my school, but no “prom court,” so everything I know about prom I know from Mean Girls. Can someone help me, please?

    Comment by Sehla | October 19, 2006 | Reply

  6. I think this is very cute! Most highschoolers are too immature to vote for anybody other than a typical catty female who has been able to brainwash them. This homecoming queen is gorgeous, cute, approachable (it seems), and muslim. I think thats perfect.

    Comment by Mehnaz | October 19, 2006 | Reply

  7. she go girl 🙂

    Comment by zainab | October 20, 2006 | Reply

  8. i object to this “typical catty female” language. i think it’s woman hating. and i don’t think it’s ok.

    Comment by aa | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  9. prom court sucks. its high school’s manifestation of the caste system, ses inequalities, and all the other crappy hierarchical systems that exist in the world. that being said, YAY FOR SANA RAHIM! HIJABI HC QUEEN! lets put a positive spin on this and say that perhaps this is the begining of the dismantling of the high school hierarchy. By voting for someone who at any other school may have a slim chance of getting this title, Naperville High is saying, everyone and anyone can be queen, in fact, we’re all queens and no one is better than the rest. idealistic? naive? i hope not. ps. i never went to prom/homecoming either, but my sister did, she was on prom court, and as her date–my parents! they loved it. they danced. we laughed, but mostly cried.

    Comment by Fatima | October 25, 2006 | Reply

  10. Wow, this is crazy. A muslim hijabi as prom queen. That’s actually pretty cool.

    Comment by Omar Sattar | October 26, 2006 | Reply

  11. This is inspiring! Hey, back in our day we weren’t allowed to go to the Prom. You go girl 🙂 Way to represent!

    Comment by Mahvish | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  12. go sana!!! she deserved it!!! u rock girl!

    Comment by Archie detective! | November 2, 2006 | Reply

  13. she’s my sister! I’m the guy in crowning her when she comes down the stairs!

    Comment by Iman | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  14. iman, ha, how nice. do let me know if you can send us a better picture 😉

    Comment by miral | December 3, 2006 | Reply

  15. Wow, the times are a-changing! My dad lived in Chicago and has friends in her town- most of the people are very successful, educated, and liberal (when it comes to accepting diversity).

    Comment by Emma | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  16. sana rahim is my rolemodel. I heart her. Islam is not opressing and doesn not limit achievement. She is showing everyone that if you truly put your mind to something, you can achieve it, and ‘barriers’ like religion are nothing to hold you back.

    Comment by sara | February 10, 2007 | Reply

  17. Mashallah~!! only god knows how she became the HOMECOMING QUEEN of naperville(where in gods name is that?) Mashallah to Sana…INSHALLAH she’ll become the PROM QUEEN in time as well. I went to prom and told my parents i was a receptionist volunteer at an Islamic conference….By the way who was the homecoming Kings??

    Comment by Abubakr ch. | April 17, 2007 | Reply

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  20. Much respect to this girl, because it hopefully will break barriers, but at the same time GIVE ME A BREAK!
    You guys are pathetic to be praising her for something as completely ridiculous and insignificant as homecoming queen, or whatever the hell she won. The whole idea is absolutely useless. Do you honestly think something like that will help you in life? Or anyone else for that matter? And sorry girls, but i think you all could and SHOULD be shooting for something higher than queen of a freakin’ high school dance!
    And just to add to it, she doesn’t even wear a hijab properly. If she’s going to go representing hijabis and have all this hijab/muslim/women power crap going on, at least wear it properly. Honestly.

    Comment by ok | January 11, 2008 | Reply

  21. hey thats my older sister. im yoomna her youngest sis. she will always be my role model. she’ll keep on breaking more barriers inshallah.

    Comment by yoomna | February 5, 2008 | Reply

  22. You’re criticism is absolutely baseless. I am a sophomore in the high school she attended when she won, and I know for a fact that she did not actively campaign or even ask to win the title of homecoming queen. And yes, winning “something like that” not only helps HER in life, but others as well. I hope you realize that she grew as a person because of this event and inspired young Muslims girls, such as myself, to show the world that Islam has not suppressed me in any sense of the word. What disappoints me the most is that you refer to her not wearing a hijab “properly.” Who are you to define the proper way of wearing a hijab? Do you even wear a hijab? And if you do, how can you be so sure that Allah s.w.t. is giving you good deeds for wearing a hijab and not her, regardless of “the way” she wears it. The fact is that you can’t. Nobody, not even myself, knows if God is accepting our acts. The only thing we can do is make our intention to please Allah and hope for the best without judging others, because her relationship with God is different than yours. God himself only knows who is sincere and who isn’t. “Cynicism is a sorry type of wisdom,” and you should be ashamed of yourself for attempting to boost your self-esteem by criticizing others.

    Comment by aisha | June 26, 2008 | Reply

  23. ok whoever wrote on how this girl wears a hijab, is completely useless. from what i know, she is helpin young muslim girls in a sense of letting them know that we can do anything. judjing her on how she wears a hijab is completely idiotic because not only do we know what she is like, but how do we even know how her daily hijab is worn. without knowing the facts, it is completely irrevelant and wrong to judje on her on the mere fact that her hijab is supposedly messed up

    Comment by mahum | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  24. im happy for her,
    she broke the sterotype of homecoming queen,
    and im going for homecoming court,
    and this inspires me to go for it and not be scared cause im not the more popular thing.

    Comment by Lauren | September 14, 2008 | Reply

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