Ya Ummi: How do I approach my non-Muslim parents?

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Seeking advice and help from our readers, one of our sister writes:

I am a 2-year old Muslim, from El Salvador Central America, alhamdulilah. I converted for the sake of Allah as He gave me miraculous dreams, to choose a definite path to Islam, alhamdulilah.

I am writing to you today because I want to wear hijab and my iman is growing rapidly as the thought approaches my actions. I have some doubts about wearing it in front of my family, and I want this to go away, I want to wear hijab, I think about it everyday more and more. Can you make dua’a for me for my preparation? How can I approach my parents about my decision? They already know I converted, now I am starting to cover my arms and legs, and being modest around people. But I need help to begin my decision and I need to be sure that this is something I want to do. Can anyone help me?

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“Ya Ummi” is an IGIC column for asking and giving advice, so named because the person we often turn to when we don’t know what to do next is our mother. If you would like to submit your own “Ya Ummi” post, you can do so via the Contact form. Please note that this is not a place to seek fatwas, but rather a place to seek advice from others who may have gone through similar experiences. If you would like answers to fiqh issues, you can visit IslamQA.com or contact your local imam.

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