Beginners Guide to Hijab: Hijab Disclaimer
As you insert the final pin that will hold your hijab firmly in place, you are brimming with the light of Imaan. Your face illuminated with noor. Round and radiant like the full moon. There is no bitterness. You feel enlightened and empowered. With that flowing scarf upon your head, you are ready to take on the world…
But no one ever mentions the difficulty that you will encounter when you step out of your bedroom door.
No one mentions the opposition you will face.
Not just from people who are not Muslim but from those who are.
Sometimes even your own family members.
No one mentions the awkwardness you feel, or the moments of self-doubt.
Nor do they mention the moments of weakness where you are persuaded to bare your hair for that special family occasion.
No one mentions the discomfort you’ll experience during the sweltering summer, while other women frolic in public beaches and pools.
No one ever mentions that you’ll occasionally be called aunty, even though you’re only 20 something years old.
Well, I could go on and by now you probably feel demoted, or angry, so I will say what I’m sure you already know and that is, that, every bit is worth it. The opposition, the antagonism. The doubt, the spiritual lows. The heat and even the dreaded A-word. It is all worth covering up for. Even if you don’t realize it now, and yes there are some of us who don’t. The day that you do, will be a million times better than that first time you smilingly secured that shiny, sparkly new clip onto your hijab.