To Muslim women (Muslima), hijab is a symbol of modesty, it protect us from evil eyes! Yes, you may not be a fairy-tale princess but you are always a princess of Islam.
Hijab, the basic definition of it is simply a headscarf worn by Muslim women (not to say that other women of other faith don’t wear headscarves in some form, it’s actually quite common in many religions).
A woman who wears her hijab will not be the approach for an indecent act, they will even give her prestige by appraising her with a stranger, so wear your hijab with pride.
To me, wearing hijab changes completely of my life, of course, it is to the best. Yes, with put on the scarf on the head only adds you more value and wisdom.
Did you know? With wearing hijab, you can still do whatever you used to do – all your daily activities, your studies, your work, shopping and etc
When I started to wear hijab, there are few interesting things happened and even till now it is still happening. I think these things do not only happen to me, it may happen to most hijabis as well.
Here are the four things to share with you.
1. A Hijab Doesn’t Restrict You From Doing What You Want To Do
Before I started wearing hijab, I thought I had to give up of doing many activities and the thought makes me feel stressful, but Allhamdulliah, things turn out totally different.
Unlike what most people think – you can’t do many things with wearing hijab. In fact, it doesn’t prevent you from doing practical things at all.
Putting a scarf over my head and wearing longer sleeves doesn’t inhibit me from being my usual me.
I can still go gym, or go on a spa day with my friends, or go travel or hanging out at the mall with my friends. I have had absolutely no problems of doing the things I want to do, anything is possible.
2. People are Going Assume and Expect You to Know Everything
People like to assume that you think a certain way or believe a certain thing because you wear hijab.
The most interesting thing I found is that if there is anything related to Islam get reported on the media, your non-Muslim friends, your neighbors or your friend’s friend will turn to you, ask you lots of questions and want to know your opinions on every aspect of Middle-East and Islāmic politics, and they also expect you to deliver a passion-filled monologue on the topic as well.
Guess what? This doesn’t surprise me, because when people are not from the Middle East, they aren’t familiar with those racial/ethnic politics in that area, so they asked questions. Unfortunately, putting on a hijab doesn’t mean you automatically know everything.
No, no, don’t get me wrong, I love when people ask me questions about Islam. LOVE IT. It means you’re showing an interest in what I believe instead of making assumptions.
3. You Got Treated Differently
No matter what people tell you, you will be treated differently.
There are some of my friends turned their face to the other side and not talking to me anymore when they saw me put a hijab on. But for those who’ve known me for years won’t even flinch when I put a scarf on.
Two years ago, I remembered one time hanging out with a good friend of mine at Siam Paragon mall, she knew that I reverted to Islam but didn’t know and never see I wear hijab. When she saw me, she was screaming and all other people look at us, her face expression shows that she is in great danger. I was like OMG, what’s happening to you?
Too bad, I didn’t get a chance to take her picture at that moment. I really shocked to see her reaction. Even though we had a good chat but I can see clearly she feels uncomfortable and uneasy.
For those who knew me before revert, some of them also need to take the time to adjust to my new way of life as a hijabi.
For example, clubbing and drinking are a no-no now, some of them start to feel boring to asking me hang out with them, but some others find me inspiring and like to discuss the spiritual journey with me 🙂
And, sometimes I also get the stink-eye, but other times I am treated with the utmost respect.
4. Even Though You Don’t Have To Do Your Hair, You Still Spend a Lot of Time of Getting Ready
This is maybe not only happen to me, I think all the hijabis can relate to it 🙂
As there are bad hair days, there is also bad hijab days!
The time I used to spend on washing and straightening my hair before is now spending on choosing a scarf to put on (it has to match with my outfits), to tie it and sticking in its pins etc.
Everyone’s journey is different, some of the sisters may find wear hijab is an easy thing to do and comfortable with it, others may find it so hard due to many reasons.
To me, after those years wearing hijab, I find that wearing it will not make you look ugly and less attractive, instead it makes you look more charming, respected and appreciated.
Remember sisters, beauty comes from within, it’s all about the ‘inner beauty’ that makes a woman looks beautiful.