Against the Pressure


High school was around the corner. Guest writer Layla thought about all the pressure she would be facing, and decided to set herself apart from the crowd.

Growing up, I was never really convinced about hijab even though everyone in my family wore it. I just didn’t understand how someone could do it all day.

My parents never really forced me into the idea. They always just said just wait until you get married, and that’s exactly what I planned on doing until a week before this past Ramadan…

I entered my first year of high school this September; and as I was sitting in my room thinking about high school and dreaming about all the adventures that I would experience, it hit me out of no where.

High school is a crazy place, and there are a lot of things I’m possibly going to be pressured into, things I might do because my peers are, even though they aren’t right. There are tons of boys in high school, too, and I don’t want to be closely associated with any of them.

I then thought about hijab, and I realized that it would always remind me of who I am and where I come from and what religion I follow. It would remind me to think twice before I made a decision, it would lead others to respecting me and knowing that I’m a Muslim.

So I prayed for God to make it easy on me; and on the first day of Ramadan, I showed up at my grandmas and surprised everyone.

They all said “Congratulations,” but I knew they were wondering what made me put the hijab on; and everyone I see until today asks me what made me decide to put the hijab on. I always reply with the same answer: Because I’m a Muslim, and I do it to please God.

Now a few weeks later, I’m thinking that it was the best decision I ever made. I suggest hijab to anyone because whenever I have it on, I always feel safe and protected and loved (insha’Allah) by God.

Hijab is a beautiful thing, and I hope that all my beautiful sisters will one day be able to experience the feeling.