Today is @worldhijabday.
I grew up in 2 different environments where the cloth that I wore on my head was seen as being ‘weird’ or ‘different’ and sometimes a threat in one world.
In the other, it was seen as a measuring instrument of one’s piety.
It should be neither of those prejudiced thoughts. Hijab means more than that cloth, it means respect, modesty and decency.
It is a struggle, and the least we can do is support each other.
It is a wonder that this piece of cloth though, seems to cause so much controversies around the world, so much so; it seems to be seen as a threat. In an ideal world, one shouldn’t be threaten by what they wear.
But in this age of being denied access to a country because of ones belief, it is a struggle. Even more so, if what you choose to wear highlights that.
In the other extreme end, wearing the head scarf is such a norm, that people will openly critic someone that does not don it ( or to their set standards). Even to the point of bullying. This isn’t Islam, this isn’t ‘Hijab’. This is a different kind of fear. A fear without love of the religion and God, which will lead to unwanted consequences. We need to set our priorities to matters of the heart #selfreminder.
I will not lie though, my struggles have eased. In the world I live now, I am not judged by my head scarf. I am respected as a professional and I am comfortable with my choice of style. It is a journey though, and we all aim for the better.
So, to celebrate world hijab day, I pray that this world will become more tolerant, less prejudiced and reflect the true teachings of Islam.
The Quran explains the hijab in the verse. 24:31 ( An nur – the light).