September 9, 2014

BEAUTY: My Hijab Story

You know what, after 12 years of exactly donning the hijab, I must say, the hijab is built in within me. Life just isn’t right without it. Even if it’s not a command from our Creator, I find that my body, my mind and my heart are at peace with hijab.

I began my journey when I was 14 years old. Back at that time, I went through the toughest challenge I had with hijab, just like every other woman struggling in her first few months of covering up.

I wore it basically because all my friends at school were wearing them and I didn’t want to feel left out. The hijab was a chore back then, of course since I didn’t put my heart into it and I didn’t wear it for the sincerest intentions. It got a lot worse when I wanted to travel, when I wanted to play with my neighbors outside every evening, and even when I wanted to swim. I didn’t want them on!!

I hated the stuffiness, the hotness and the sweat that builds up underneath my scarf. To add up, my hair is the slippery type (I’m not sure what’s it called) where I MUST wear an inner cap underneath or else my hair will stick out of the hijab in just few minutes.

So I resented the hijab for a couple of months.

Until a few years later, when I felt like a total hypocrite for donning it but not having the heart to it. You understand what I’m saying?

Slowly I began to learn the true meaning of hijab and how it was ordained upon us Muslim women to in fact act as a sense of physical consciousness. I’ve mentioned this in one of my older blogposts before. We humans are always easily astray especially when we’re tested, when we’re angry, when we’re feeling mischievous and when we get too carried away with life’s temporary pleasures. So this piece of cloth on my head, is literally my conscious to guide me to the right path whenever life happens.

I am a better person with hijab. And I’m not ashamed to admit that.

And that has helped me love my hijab even more now than ever. I love the fact that I have this ‘bestie’ to subtly remind me of my behaviour, my speech and my actions in my daily life as a young adult.

And with proper care of my hair and scalp underneath my hijab, the journey is much much more rewarding. That’s why I’ve been using Sunsilk Lively Clean and Fresh for almost a decade now right to when I first started covering up in high school. My gosh 10 years is pretty long, man!

Look where hijab has brought me where I am today J If it’s not for this piece of cloth above my head, I wouldn’t be writing this to you after 7 years of blogging about Muslimah fashion, right?

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Shalynael said...

Thank you for your story Shea, it makes me feel less alone <3

The Muslim Girl said...

Thank you for sharing this, Shea! I experienced a similar feeling after wearing hijab so I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one.

May Allah reward us all who struggle for Him, inshAllah.