It’s My Hijab – It’s My Choice

I recently began practicing hijab (wearing a headscarf, dressing and behaving more modestly).

Women wear the hijab for many different reasons: to show devotion to Allah (swt – the exhalted), to be identifiable as a Muslim, to make a fashion statement, to hide their hair/skin problem, to keep others happy, to show obedience to their husband/parents/government, to fit in with their friends/family/culture/community, or to …… (the list can go on).

Why each individual woman out there wears the hijab is a personal matter so I can only speak for myself:  I wear it to show devotion to Allah (swt) and to prove to myself and others that my mind, heart and abilities are more important than my physical appearance.

I am not oppressed – nobody told me to wear it – I wear it out of choice.  In fact, looking back, I believe I was oppressed pre-hijab because I was brainwashed to believe that I had to be a certain weight, dress a certain way and apply a certain amount of make-up in order to feel beautiful, be admired or become more successful.

I don’t want people to pity me because they believe they are looking at yet another oppressed woman.  I want them to understand that I feel more empowered than ever and that…

It’s My Hijab – It’s My Choice

© Rabia Bashir 2013

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