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When Hijab Gets the Job

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When Hijab Gets the Job

A few months back, I was invited to interview for the position of English teacher at a top, comprehensive school in an affluent area. The school only had a small intake of ethnic students, and therefore a small number of Muslim students and teachers. I knew I would stand out from the other applicants, dressed in a hijab and jilbab. But I derived my strength from knowing that if Allah had decreed this position for me, then it would be mine, whereas if I did not get it, then there was some good in that situation as well.

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Choosing a Different Path: Hijab and Self-Esteem

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Choosing a Different Path: Hijab and Self-Esteem

Before I wore hijab, I remember never feeling fully content. My self esteem was like the British weather: subjective to so many external factors, and never consistent. Then there was always that sense of competition with other girls (however unintentional) to stand out and look the best.

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Pathway to Liberation

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Pathway to Liberation

When I recall life before the hijab, it’s as if I remember another lifetime. Although it is a time marked as reality, it is also a moment of my life where I was immersed in a false existence. The freedom I claimed, the happiness and liberation I felt from beautifying my appearance, never really penetrated through my entire being. I may have appeared to be free, but my true essence remained imprisoned by the expectations of a society where people’s approval was a shackle preventing me from living true freedom, mind, body and soul.

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