Wearing the hijab: what it’s like to be the ‘girl in the headscarf’

Apr 9, 2018 by

My friends and family have suffered abuse and vitriol for wearing the hijab, yet I still wanted to wear it. Here’s why I’m happy being that kind of Muslim.

When my sister first put on a headscarf, her high-school best friend didn’t speak to her for three years.

Two weeks later, a woman yelled at my friend on a bus, demanding she take hers off or go back to where she came from.

A month later, another friend from Uni was dismissed from a job interview after she showed up with a scarf, though their email claimed they were “very impressed with her qualifications”.

What is a burka, niqab or hijab, and why do some Muslim women choose to wear them?

A couple of months on, a lady at the mosque told me she was scared to walk home after work because every night a group of young boys followed her from the bus stop to her house, threatening to rip her scarf off.

So when I decided to wear the hijab, I asked myself: “Why did you decide to wear it, Massilia?”

Off the top of my head, there was one very distinct answer: God.

Just like not worshipping idols and honouring your parents, wearing a head covering is a commandment in Islam. And it might surprise you that wearing a head covering is widespread among many other religions, including Christianity.

Source: Wearing the hijab: what it’s like to be the ‘girl in the headscarf’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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