The Day of Blessings

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Guest writer Nadia Sheikh tells her personal hijab story, and how relief and joy at the end of a school year turns into a moment of unexpected opportunity.

Before I started wearing it, I never used to think about the hijab even though my mom and my sister wore it. I was your average teenage girl, always concerned about clothes, makeup, and how I looked overall. Alhamdulilah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala saved me from being like other Muslim teenage girls I knew, meaning having boyfriends and all.

I started thinking about the hijab after a big MSA event that took place at my high school, when this sheikh, Dr. Daoud Nassimi, gave me a personal talk about the advantages of hijab and why we have to wear it. After that day, I told myself that I would wear hijab after marriage. Then I started making sincere du’as, asking Allah ta’ala to guide me, and my plans kept changing and changing. So I changed my mind and decided to wear it after senior year, and then slowly, in Ramadan. I couldn’t stop thinking about it because I knew deep inside that I should wear the hijab.

On the last day of school, after my last final exam, I just wanted to go home and go crazy celebrating. If only I had known I was going to put on the hijab that day. I came home to find that there were guests my mom had called over to hang out with. So instead of “going crazy,” I sat down and joined them. One of the guests started asking me why I didn’t wear the hijab, and I told her I would, in Ramadan. She pointed out something very true, that I shouldn’t delay it, because who guaranteed me tomorrow? When they got up to leave, the woman was insisting that I keep her white scarf which she had worn when she had traveled to Mecca. The scarf was very inviting, but I didn’t know what to do with it because I was in a state of confusion. At that moment, my heart was telling me to do it, and my mind was holding me back.

After they left, my mom and my sister were talking to me and helping me out while I was thinking about it. There was really no reason as to why I shouldn’t wear hijab; I mean, it was a Friday too, the perfect day. I took a deep breath and made du’a asking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to make it easy for me. I had reached a decision and at that moment, I felt very calm, peaceful, and complete. It was amazing and I just couldn’t express myself. My mom and sister congratulated me and immediately called my mom’s best friend to inform her about the good news. She was really happy for me and started telling me about a program that takes place where she lives, in Jordan. I felt like Allah was opening new doors for me.

Throughout the day, I was congratulated by family and friends. I was still shocked at how I had just decided to wear it, and knew it was all coming with the help of Allah subhanahu wa ta’la. Later on, when my dad returned from work, he had a random surprise for my mom, and it turned out to be a beautiful ring with small diamonds all around it. But unfortunately, it was too small on her. My dad was obviously happy for me, so he gave me the ring, and guess what?! It fit on me! You can just imagine how special I felt.

Everyone has their special story, and that was mine. Alhamdulilah, I’m glad I made the right choice and I hope I inspired you – please use my story as a reminder. My advice to all my beautiful sisters in Islam is never “plan” on when to wear the hijab, just decide to do it and keep making sincere dua, asking Allah ta’ala to help you. The hijab is a command for all the believing women from Allah. So if you consider yourself a believer, then show it! And if we are the Ummah of Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wasallam, then let’s act like it! Let us display our beauty only to our husbands and family, not to all the random guys.

Take it from what Muhammad Ali (the boxer) told his daughters, that we should cover ourselves just like everything beautiful is covered, like diamonds are hidden deep in the ground, and how pearls are covered down in the oceans of the earth. We’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and we should be covered, too.

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