What is your identity? What’s the first thing about you that describes you and gives you your identity? For me, it’s being a Muslim or more precisely, being a Female African Muslim (Yeah, that’s the first thing that comes to mind).
Dress: DIY version of a summer dress I window-shopped on Shein;
Bodytop: Local Seller
Bag and Sneakers: Brands on AliExpress
A few years ago, I’d have never wondered or thought about the importance of identity. However, it now keeps circling around in my head so I had to sit and critically think about what it really meant.
Identity based on the Hijab/Headscarf
The hijab or the headscarf is a real touchy topic to many Muslims. We all pray to continue to grow and seek Allah’s (SWT) mercies so I’m not here to talk about anyone’s choice, just my experience.The turban has been unofficially made the symbol of the Muslim woman and suddenly, a lot of people ‘fancy’ the concept. There’ve been situations where I’d thought a lady in a turban was Muslim and offered the Muslim greetings. The lady almost never is.
The turban and headscarf has now become a ‘trend’, something ‘cool’ to try ONCE in a while and that doesn’t sit well with me at all. Ironically, those who wear it as a symbol of their religion are subjects of victimization. In summary, OUR identity has been made into a trend to try but not to completely embrace, thus stripping off its very importance.
And what happens when something is devalued? When your identity is taken away?
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Identity based on the Names
Imagine a scenario of meeting a colleague whose name was Muslim (in my opinion, Arabic names represented and was for Muslims). I later found out he wasn’t and it made me remember how I used to believe anyone with a Muslim name was Muslim and that it was our identity. I quickly found out that was not the case and of course, it was with several experiences.
Everything is now complicated and these two factors no longer signify your identity. If the Arabic names do not identify you as a Muslim and the headscarf (in this case turban) no longer lead you towards kindred spirits, how do you deal with that? How do we recognize ourselves?
SO WHAT IS YOUR IDENTITY?
I’d love to hear your answers and read all about your opinions and experiences.