In simple words, the word ‘hijab‘ refers to a veil that covers the head and is highly recommended for the Muslim women to wear it. Although it may sound very simple, it is not that simple for women to wear and continue wearing it everywhere. By everywhere, I mean every city or country where it is banned or a city where you have a choice to keep it aside. The decision can get difficult especially since Satan tries to create distraction every single time. My story of wearing a hijab began after I got married. No one forced me into it. Neither did I ponder much on the topic to make a decision of wearing it. I used to cover my head sometimes in public places earlier and I knew starting hijab wasn’t a bad idea at all. So it started all of a sudden like the way you say ‘one fine day.’
I have many people in my circle who I have observed have decided to undo their hijab practice. You are reading it right, yes! They used to wear hijab but after getting married they stopped. I don’t understand why but I am no one to put my nose in their business. They are sensible adults who know what is best for them. On my visits to the European countries, I have also observed females going from Muslim countries such as the Middle East not only removing the head gear but also wearing modern clothing. After I started wearing hijab religiously, I was welcomed by a few questions from some. They wanted to know answer to one question. Why do I wear hijab? Was it on my husband’s suggestion? I felt irritated but that is how the society is – one word, nosey! Wearing a hijab in a Muslim country can be as easy as eating peanuts but the major issue occurs for those living in non-Muslim countries. Countries such as France where it is banned. Two years ago when I had gone to Paris, I was wondering what to do. What if the authorities will fine me for wearing it but these questions did not help even a bit and I decided I would wear hijab whatsoever, defeating the Satan. There have been challenges, I sometimes think about. Yes! I had to re-do my wardrobe and it is sometimes difficult finding decent clothes. I can’t flaunt my jewellery or any expensive haircuts that I get but the best part is that I get to buy hijab in different colours and designs and I make sure to buy at least one from every country that I visit.
Fatima blogs at Blogs By Fa. She has attained a post-graduate degree in business administration and has been writing since she was in 8th standard. Started off by writing in the children’s section of a known newspaper of Pakistan, DAWN. Later onwards, she picked up many projects for international clients and now being a new mum, she is only working on her blog. She can be found on: Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin’
Muslim Mummy note: The author in this post uses the term ‘highly recommended’ to wear the hijab. However the majority view is that hijab is required.