“O children of Adam, We have brought down to you garments to cover your private parts, as well as for adornment, yet the garment of reverence is the best. These are some of God’s signs, perhaps they will remember.” 7:26
Do you want to wear Hijab but you feel like it will scare people in your surroundings?
Do you want to wear Hijab but you feel like it will prevent you from being appreciated?
And the list goes on…We have several excuses that prevent us from wearing it.
To be honest, I think it is our nafs that help us rationalize our actions. I have learned over and over again, that if you truly want something deep in your heart that is halal, Allah (SWT) will open doors for you to achieve it. This philosophy applies to anything in life, not just religious matters.
If you work in a non-Muslim place, start small with a woman hat. We don’t want to start Fitnah, do we? I am not talking about beach hats…;) This below is an example. There are a variety of them out there. This is just a plain and simple one.
And as people around you start getting comfortable to you wearing it and accepting your beliefs. Start adding more to the layers until you get to this below.
Stay away from too much fashion like the camel hump, the like, and “wrestling hijabs.” It is not worth it. What’s the point of standing out after getting this far in your modest choice?
People will get used it and will find the next gossip to talk about after they get used to you. I know, I started that way. Now, I get compliments from non-Muslims women at work all the time. They always say I am beautiful, and I reply, “it is may be the Noor-effect 😉 ” masha’Allah.
The great thing about the USA is that people cannot discriminate you especially in work places because of your religious beliefs amongst other things. It may not be true everywhere but at least in my workplace and many others I know, people respect our choice masha’Allah.
Anyways, I hope this text was instructive. I hope you had an excellent Jumu’ah. Since it is not 2 p.m. here yet, I will go ahead and wish you Jumu’ah Mubarak anyways. Talk you all soon in sha Allah! 🙂
Author of “Between Sisters, SVP”