Wonders of A Hijabi

So…I was thinking about how strange I might come off to people who are clueless as to why I wear the hijab. I often wonder how other people might look at me when I’m walking the streets of New York or when I’m on my morning subway ride. And then I realized…I’m probably not the only one who feels that way. I’m not the only girl dressed with a scarf wrapped around her hair.  Especially not in a city that is so diverse. But sometimes I wonder if the stares I get are stares of  curiosity or stares of pity. I reckon some people think I was forced, but what they probably don’t understand is that my hijab identifies who I am. It’s really as simple as that. The same way people wear a cross or a  yarmulke to be identified as Christians or Jews is similar in the way I wear hijab– everyone realizes I’m Muslim.
 
Women who wear hijab, however, have different experiences with the stories they share. Some of them have experienced racism and difference in treatment like Ela, while others found no difference after putting on their hijab like Ainee Fatima and myself. I think geography and how modestly a women dresses plays a big role on how she’s seen in the eyes of society. If people are used to seeing other women dress similarly, these glares of wonder will no longer exist. And geographically–well, if you live in New York City, people won’t stare at you like a foreigner, but say in  Montana,  where the Muslim population is very low, people might look strangely you (because they’re not used to seeing a hijabi). 
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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aajaradat1
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 06:46:50

    Masha’ Allah. Barak Allahu ta’ala feeki [may Allah reward you]

    Good stuff 1+

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  2. aajaradat1
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 06:49:44

    “I wonder if the stares I get are stares of curiosity or stares of pity. I reckon some people think I was forced, but what they probably don’t understand is that my hijab identifies who I am. It’s really as simple as that.”

    That’s awesome. +1

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