The I Got It Covered (IGIC) weblog was launched on December 29th, 2008. This date corresponds with the 1st of Muharram, 1430 AH, and we felt that it was an appropriate time for a new beginning.
In reality, the idea for the blog had been over a year in the making, and it began as a simple suggestion that Muslim women let the rest of the world know: we wear our hijab willingly. In fact, we like wearing it, so please stop feeling sorry for us and trying to “liberate” us.
While it cannot be said that every woman who wears the hijab does so willingly, we felt that too much attention has been given to that side of the story. There has been so much negativity and so many stereotypes surrounding Muslim women and the hijab, and the last few years have seen fierce political attacks and discriminatory governmental policies preventing Muslim women from dressing the way they would like to. These things cause us pain, to say the least, and we felt that IGIC would help fill a desperate void.
Our mission statement reads as follows:
I Got it Covered is an online network that personifies women everywhere who willingly respond, with love and dedication, to the command of their Lord in wearing the hijab. Through the stories and voices of these women, IGIC exposes the realities behind covering, correcting stereotypes about hijab and becoming a source of inspiration and support for women who wish to pursue wearing it. Doing so, IGIC hopes to create bridges of education, respect and understanding, ultimately sharing the beauty of Islam with the world.
IGIC is a new endeavor, and we invite you to join us in fulfilling our mission. Whether you’re looking for support or would like to give it, or just have a personal story about hijab to tell, we’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to write for IGIC, please look over our submission guidelines. For contact details, visit the contact page. Your comments, advice and suggestions are all welcome.
We ask Allah to make us a source of benefit to the world, and to make the best of our deeds our last. Ameen.