Hijaab story by Somaya Al Sayed
Assalamu alikum sister; Here is my story of wearing hijab.
My experience Wearing Hijab
Assalamu Alium wa rahmatulah wa barakatuh to my sisters in Islam.
The following is just my opinion and observations on my experiences of wearing hijab my first year as a Muslimah. Keep in mind that I live in an extremely small community. For the women who have been here for a long time, they are not really open to newbies.
On january 7, 2011 I prepared for a life altering experience. I would walk out my door looking like someone else and return home a new hijabi, a new muslim woman. Insha Allah. I had no new anything to wear, so my sewing machine and I got to know each other very well in the preceding week. I made a new skirt, and new scarf. Hot pink was the order of the day. I went to the local masjid for Jummah, walked into the ladies room and was warmly welcomed. After the sermon, the Imam came downstairs and helped me say my Shahada. Okay, what is next?
From this moment on I thought I would be treated differently in my community by non muslims. When I went into a store the only ones to really treat me any different or stare at me were other women. When it comes to the non muslim men in my community, they treat any woman with a cover on their head with more respect. Doors are opened, common courtesy is more prevalent. Remembering that as I am dressing differently, I am representing not just women,but Islam. People watch me more closely as I am out and about in the community. They watch me eat, drink, laugh, talk. The people in my community watch every move I make. This alone is enough to change my outlook on my personal life and helped me to clean up my act.
As I wanted to become more involved in my masjids activities, I wanted to look like the other women. Most of the sisters there are from Arab backgrounds I thought. At the time, I knew no different. Because I could not afford to buy hijabs, undercaps, or scarves, I was gifted with a couple of scarves to wear. I did not have undercaps but did have many colorful kerchiefs. I wore a kerchief under my scarf one day to Jummah service. A sister there told me I should not have to wear a kerchief, so she would bring me a black undercap the next week. I soon learned not to depend on the sisters.
Too many offers of help but no one ever followed through. So, I turned to my sisters around the world for help. I watched many you tube videos, and went fabric shopping. I am learning to wear hijab in many styles. I don’t classify a certain style of wearing scarves, shawls, etc as from one particular country. The whole idea is to dress modest and cover. I make many of my own hijabs, scarves, dupattas and shawls now. I have been gifted by some very generous sisters and ofen find scarves in strange places to buy.
I have been most accepted by the sisters from outside my community and around the world. I have been accepted wearing hijab by non muslims mostly in my own community. Being accepted by the sisters in my local muslim community is another story altogether. Just because I may wear my scarves or dupattas in different ways does not make me any different from any other sister. We wear them the same basic way, on our heads and for the same reasons, to please Allah. (swt).
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