You Can Have It All


Wearing hijab may require you to make changes, but it doesn’t mean giving up everything in your life.

Standing a distance from me just minutes ago was a Muslim man praying maghrib in a luxurious airport lounge, peacefully and confidently in front of everyone. Granted, I have prayed in public places countless times before, alhamdulillah, so this “airport prayer” is not a spectacular scene to me, but it is his profile in particular that brings me to my claim.

This man is a physician, in fact, a very successful one at that, mashAllah. Allah has blessed him with enough success to take his practice to two separate cities in one country, with this man flying back and forth to maintain them. The success of the dunya is at his fingertips, yet there he was seeking true success in prayer, indifferent to his viewers. Seeing this, you can’t help but think: his worship doesn’t hold him back from the success that dunya offers; rather, it enriches it. You don’t have to have one or the other; you can have both. Truly, you can have it all.

Adhering to the Deen might mean making some changes in your life, but it doesn’t mean sacrificing all your ambitions and dreams. They are not sold separately, unless you yourself choose to buy them that way. Likewise, you can enjoy some aspects of this dunya, some of its luxuries, but choose, at the end of the day, to realize that they are in essence a distraction. Matters of the dunya may attract, but they never satisfy. I’m encouraging you to seek both dunya and akhira, but you will have to find a balance between the two (and preferably tip the scale towards the akhira).

Wearing the hijab doesn’t entail giving up everything. Rather, you choose to have everything: the pleasure of your Rabb in the way you dress along with whatever it is you may strive for. It is not blocking you from your road to success; it is paving it. You don’t have to choose between modesty and worldly success; you can take both. My dear sisters, you can have it all.