Her Struggle

fatmaAt age 14, Fatma Ismail, decided to start wearing hijab. Now 17 years old, and a current senior attending New Dorp high school, she “had quite an experience” wearing a veil, but doesn’t “regret one bit of it.” Both her best friend and mom were the reason why she was motivated to wear hijab. “They are the closest people to me and they showed me the right way to my religion,” she said smiling.

Fatma wore her hijab because she chose to and because it is part of her religion. “This is a way of me pleasing Allah because it’s mandated in our religion to be dressed modestly.”

Everyone can chose what they decide to wear every day for modesty, but Muslim women who decide to wear hijab follow what God has commanded them to wear for modesty. When people asked Fatma why she wears hijab, her response to them was, “my love for my religion means everything to me.”

Those responses were not enough for some people. She faced negativity in her past for wearing hijab. “During my freshmen year of high school, I felt like people weren’t accepting me with my hijab,” she said. “People tried to bring me down by trying to take off my scarf.” She explains how at one point she struggled so hard to keep her faith, but eventually learned to accept that there will always be “some people in life that will try to bring you down and there is nothing you can do about it.” Her four years of experience made her stronger because she no longer cares about the negativity that people have to say about hijab.

“I have more positive feedback from people now because I wear it with more confidence.” Fatma’s peers at my school are more accepting towards her wearing hijab. More people are fascinated with her hijab and continuously compliment her style and hijabi look. “It makes me so happy to know that people accept me for who I am and for my religion.”

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. eva626
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 05:19:12

    its great that once you start wearing hijab and/or even looking more into your religion you start finding people that will support you. Alhumdulilah! I loved reading Fatma’s experience. I can totally relate


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