My Hijab, My Story

A Year Ago Today: The Personal Story

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A Year Ago Today: The Personal Story

A year ago today, I made the biggest decision of my life yet. A year ago today, I finally ignored all the doubts that said I couldn’t do it. A year ago today, I followed the beautiful path that my older sister took before me. A year ago today, I decided that what Allah thought of me was far more important what people think of me. A year ago today, I put on a red and yellow hijab in the morning, and didn’t take it off. A year ago today, I prepared myself for anything and everything that people would do to me. A year ago today, I prayed very hard that people wouldn’t do anything to me. A year ago today, I took a deep breath and jumped.

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Kid in a Candy Shop: Support, Knowledge and Hijab

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Kid in a Candy Shop: Support, Knowledge and Hijab

My journey of Hijab began early in life. I was 12 and in the seventh grade when I first observed full Hijab. My mother always encouraged me to cover even before that. She would say in the sweetest way ‘you are growing now, you have to start dressing more modestly; you have to start wearing Hijab. (Back then I understood Hijab to mean only the scarf.) This might seem like a very young age, but after reading later in life I found out a Muslim woman should start to observe Hijab when she hits puberty. So in fact it was the perfect age!

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I am a Hijabi.

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I am a Hijabi.

I remember when I was ten. It was the morning of Eid al-Fitr and I was sitting on the edge of my bed, tears streaming down my cheeks, just as raindrops kissed the ground outside my home. My heart was seething with anger, anger aimed at a piece of cloth that now lay rejected on my feet, and anger at the person who was forcing me to wear it. I remember looking wistfully at the mirror, tugging my hair and thinking how donning that piece of cloth would ruin the pretty outfit that embraced my body.

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Just By Accident

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Just By Accident

I am a 45-year-old mother of three girls aged 23, 21 and 13. Masha’Allah, we have all been observing the beautiful Islamic requirement of Hijab for the last ten years or so. I thought you might be interested to find out what made me don one, since only a couple of weeks before this life-changing event, I had vowed vehemently to my friends that I would never do anything so drastic.

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Flowers at My Grave

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Flowers at My Grave

The most dangerous disease that will ever strike man is procrastination. As humans, we tend to carry this trait dominantly. I remember an incident that happened to a fifth grade peer. She was a year older than me, and even though we didn’t know each other very well, we were distant friends. Lana* was around 10 years old. She went to my same school in Saudi Arabia, and I looked up to her because she began wearing hijab that year. Lana was smart and beautiful, unique, and particularly funny. I especially admired Lana for finding the courage to wear the hijab at such a young age.

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