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What is World Hijab Day + My Hijab Story

Every day is Hijab day for me. But today is World Hijab Day and hence a good opportunity to write my hijab story. Of all the Islamically unknown holidays we celebrate, this is one I find relatable. But first , what is World Hijab Day?

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I wrote an article about Muslim Identity here.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

It’s a movement celebrated on February 1st of every year since 2013 and it’s supposed to “encourage women of all religions and backgrounds to wear and experience the hijab“. This year’s motto is “Breaking Stereotypes, Shattering Boundaries”.

However, to me, the purpose can be controversial. So I just choose to define it as “encouraging Muslim women who find it hard to observe the hijab, to try it and understand the purpose”.

The HIJAB, according to the Quran (24:30-31, 33:53, 33:59, etc) and Hadiths, is not only about covering your hair, neck, bosoms. It doesn’t even apply only to women, however, that’s not the subject of discussion.  Although majority of we Muslim women do not observe the Hijab the correct way, there is comfort in knowing we are all works in progress.

DISCLAIMER: For the sake of this post, hijab means the covering of your head and/or your neck and/or your chest. I don’t mean to imply in any way that those are the complete definitions of the hijab.

Here’s an article every male muslim needs to read.

MY HIJAB STORY

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The hijab has been a part of me since I was 8 years old. All praises to Allah SWT for giving me parents who made sure we were put in schools that supported our religion. I went to a Muslim-owned-but-mixed-religion secondary school, so basically I grew up with the hijab. I believe that’s why it was so easy for me because I was able to understand and relate more with it.

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Lots of hijab inspo for you on Pinterest!

It always felt like my protection. But there has always been discrimination and attacks against Muslim women and it seems to be on the rise. Maybe, just maybe that’s what keeps pressuring our influencers to try to “blend in” or “be neutral”, Allah knows best.

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I don’t dispute the fact that a lot of muslim women struggle with the hijab, many even forced to wear it. However, if one truly understood how Allah SWT loves and protects each and every one of us, there really shouldn’t be something called force in the subject. In the end, Allah SWT has laid out the choices for us and included implications of every single choice we make. Now you see why having too much to choose from can be problematic, lol.

Anyways, this post was all about acknowledging my shortcomings and embracing my identity once again.

I’m Khairah Bint Yusuff, an African Muslim Girl and my hijab doesn’t oppress me, rather it makes me who I am.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Written With Love,

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Khairah
<p>Hi, I'm Khairah and I'm a Web Developer, Computer Engineering Undergrad, Scarf Entrepreneur . I blog about all things modest fashion, lifestyle and a bit of tech.</p>
https://www.khairahscorner.com

6 thoughts on “What is World Hijab Day + My Hijab Story

  1. Thank you for this post.
    A lot of people have given many filmsy excuses for not wearing the but who are we to judge. I think we all need reorientation about everything pertaining to the use of the hijab. I can’t imagine myself going out unclad, so that’s the way I would feel without my head piece. Also, hijab isn’t just the headpieces only. But comprises of a whole lot than the eyes can meet. May Allah guide us all.

    1. Yes, the only prayer we can keep offering is May Allah SWT guide us all. I tried my hardest in this post to address the all sides to the situation. Our people who just think so little of the importance, those who know its true and FULL meaning & values but still struggle with it and those who just plain don’t even know that the hijab is not just a covering for the head but of everything else and for both SEXES.

  2. Beautiful piece khairah. Alhamdulilah you are a Muslim.
    It was really a difficult situation for me owing to the fact that most Nigerian Muslim parents are on a neutral understanding of what is means to be Muslim and practicing.
    I grew up in a contemporary Muslim household. Where lifestyle was dictated my societal views.

    I was a tough one to take my first step wearing hijab. Alhamdulilah; I am rocking and loving it real good.

    I think everything lies in the humanity of our beliefs, we Muslims could use every opportunity we have to influence and impact in the lives of those who are on a journey to becoming Hijabies and knowing it’s values.
    Sometimes, it could be in our noble character one can be influenced and touched to become a Muslim.

    May Almighty Allah keep making us have reasons to be who we are as Muslims.

    1. Jazakillahu khayran for sharing, dear, Alhamdulillah it’s going so well for you. Yes, it also lies in us knowing that while some have it easy, others might not. So we always have to portray the right and correct meaning of the hijab and what it really is. May He continue to guide us all.

  3. Honestly, Most Muslim women see the hijab as an option not an obligation. We pray for success, Money, children, family but can’t obey simple things requested of our maker! Am not a saint but I just hope we can do better.

    1. Exactly, we all need to do better. Encourage our sisters who struggle with it but be firm with those who try to downplay the true importance of the hijab, in all its forms. Not just the head covering, the hijab of the eyes, the tongue, the heart, everything. No one is excluded from the hijab and the sooner we start acknowledging and understanding the truth, the better.

      Jazakumullahu khayran fo sharing dear.

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