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Wearing the Hijab

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The hijab is a very beautiful hair covering worn by some Muslim women. A lot of people, ask why some Muslim women choose to wear the hijab. I would love to tell you guys about what it is like to wear one, as I have been wearing one properly for quite a while now being a Muslim. Before I start I would to like to say a couple of things.

Firstly I'm not a religious scholar, and I'm not the best Muslim out there. As a Muslim girl, I know that some Muslim girls choose not to wear the hijab when some do choose to wear it. I'm perfectly fine with that, and I have some Muslim friends who don't wear it. I do not put down any girl who doesn't wear one, because doing that would be showing a bad example of what Islam is. I believe only God knows someone true intentions, so I respect everyone regardless of whether or not you choose to wear the hijab. I'm not a judgemental person, and I will not bash any Muslim girl who doesn't wear one.

When I was seven years old, a lot of the Muslim girls in my class wore the hijab. Although I never used to wear one, I used to admire the way it looked. My mum and most of the older females in my family all wore the hijab. When I turned eight, I remember asking my mother to buy me a hijab to wear to school. I started wearing a hijab to school everyday, I loved it! However I didn't start wearing it fulltime, I would only wear it to school but no where else. Not that I was ashamed, I was just young and not ready.

When I turned twelve years old, I began to wear it full time. On the streets, in front of non-mahram men (a man you can marry, so I should cover in front of them.) I personally never felt any oppression whilst wearing the hijab. I actually enjoyed it. Watching hijab tutorials was always fun for me, and I found many ways to wear my hijab. My hijab collection was growing and I began to wear multiple colours and prints.

I am also still currently wearing the hijab, but now at this age I've begun to also start wearing modest clothing. Being modest is something important in Islam. I'm very comfortable with my wardrobe, and a lot of people have inspired me to start wearing hijab friendly clothing.

As a Muslim who wears the hijab, I've had to accept that many people are curious. So here are some answers, to some of the questions you might have. This is from my point of view, I've tried to be as honest as possible.

So like, were you forced to wear it by your parents?

Not at all! The hijab was something I admired, and I decided to wear. Now I know, some families are stricter than other when it comes to religion. Some families do make their daughters wear it, but that's not always the case.

Do you wear it all the time? Like in your house, and when you're sleeping?

Of course not. I wear it outside in public, in front of non-mahram men, and when we have a non-mahram man in our house.

What do you think of Muslim women who don't wear it?

As I mentioned before, I am not judgemental. I respect everyone whether or not you wear it. I believe only God knows your true intentions. Wearing a hijab doesn't make you any better than a sister who doesn't. That's what I believe.

Doesn't it fall of your head, or when you're on a roller coaster?

The hijab is not really a hat. It depends on how secure you put it on. I use straight pins to keep it in place so it won't fall off. Therefore I don't have any problems.

That was my story, and how I started to wear the hijab. I think it's a beautiful thing, and I hope this has cleared some misconceptions about it. Thank you for reading and see you next week!


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