World Hijab Day – My Hijab Story

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World Hijab Day – My Hijab Story

Today is World Hijab Day and I’m participating in a blog hop with some other sisters to share our experiences with Hijab and why it’s important to recognise this day.

What is World Hijab Day?

World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day was founded in 2013 and occurs on 1st February every year.

It’s a day set up to bring awareness to people about Muslim women, start a conversation and even allow women who don’t wear Hijab to try it out!

My Hijab Story

World Hijab Day

My Hijab journey came the long way around.

I always wore Hijab to mosque school but never to Secondary school, and would whip it off as soon as my dad dropped me off.

We were always modestly dressed but I never really found myself wanting to wear Hijab at school mainly because none of my friends did, and I badly wanted to fit in.

When I got to college, I made the commitment at 16 to wear it on the first day of college.

Some of my friends were surprised at this development, but most were fine with it because underneath, it was still me.

The 2nd day of college 9/11 happened and that day changed my life.

Overnight I went from being invisible to being the spokesperson for all Muslims everywhere and trying to defend a terrorist act in the name of Islam.

For a 16-year-old, that’s pretty tough to do.

By the 4th day of college, I’d had my Hijab ripped off on the bus home and a drink thrown into my face.

I faced a lot more of that kind of abuse not just around that time but for the next few years after that until I eventually became a little more streetwise and able to step away before a situation escalated.

It’s my responsibility to give positive Dawah and knowledge about Islam, not to get hurt doing it In Shaa Allah!

Why Do I Keep Wearing It?

If I’m really honest, I’ve spent the last 17 years wearing Hijab and I just cannot see myself without it.

I’m also very aware of what a privilege I have in being able to choose to put it on or to take it off.

So many women around the world don’t have a choice to take it off or don’t have a choice to put it on and practice their religion freely.

I wear it not just because it is now such an ingrained part of my identity, but also because it is now a political statement, a message to the people who would rather see me staying indoors and not representing my religion.

Every time I go out, I CHOOSE to be a visible Muslim woman even though I am aware of the risks that it entails.

It’s a tough world but if I hide away it’s not going to break down stereotypes and barriers and inspire other women to interact with us and find out more about our faith in a peaceful, compassionate manner.

WHAT DO I WANT FOR THE FUTURE?

I’d really like a peaceful, kind world where people appreciate each other’s differences and respect them whatever way they choose to practice.

I hope this post gave you an insight into my Hijab journey, and please do go read the stories of the other ladies in this blog hop.

WORLD HIJAB DAY BLOG HOP

Girl with scarf writes – What happened when I put a scarf on

Hidden Pearls – World Hijab Day – Celebrating Muslimahs

The Modern Hijabi -World Hijab Day: What Does Hijab Mean To Me?

Ramsha Rose -My Hijab Story – Tag | World Hijab Day

The Women Network – World Hijab Day: Understanding psychological implications for women who face Hijab prejudice

Lilac Prose – World Hijab Day & Giveaway

Insightful Grace -Hijab doesn’t make us different – live and let live! – World Hijab Day

Striving for modesty – That Thing on Your Head

Striving for Clarity – WORLD HIJAB DAY: STORIES

Mommy’s Next Step – The Freedom to Wear Hijab For Muslim Women

Soumyana’s Islamic Stories – My Hijab is a Hot Charcoal

Fieryfury – Word Hijaab Day-My Hijaab Story

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17 Comments

  1. February 1, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    Masha’Allah sister, I loved reading this post! I’m soo sorry and saddened by the abuse you have had to face because of wearing the hijab. It really touched me when you said that you choose to wear the hijab which makes you a ‘visible Muslim women’ even though the risks are high! May Allah (SWT) make the journey easier for you and grant you patience. Really enjoyed reading this post hun.
    Lots of love,
    Ramshaa Rose
    xxx

    • Humaira
      Author
      February 1, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      Ameen Sum Ameen!

  2. February 1, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Masha Allah! That’s a great responsibility to wear your hijab as a political statement. I admire you.

    • Humaira
      Author
      February 2, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Jazakallah khair! I admire all the sisters who wear it despite challenging circumstances in so many situations.

  3. February 2, 2018 / 1:31 am

    so sorry you had to go through this kind of brash and overt racism-I have been lucky enough to not experience drinks thrown at me–but i have been referred to as a terrorist—we gotta keep on being us-don’t we?

    • Humaira
      Author
      February 2, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Alhamdulillah and may Allah keep you and all sisters safe from prejudice and abuse!

  4. February 4, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I’m sorry you had to face such abuse post 9/11. Nobody deserves to be treated that way. But your resolve and determination is admirable, masha’Allah. You are right – as hijabi women we are visible Muslims which means we always have the chance to make dawah (even with a simple smile or a kind gesture to make a good impression). May Allah keep you safe from harm and reward you immensely. Ameen

    PS: Thank you for being so supportive of Asateer Scarves! <3

    • Humaira
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Ameen! Nadia, you’re always my biggest supporter so it’s only fair I support you!

  5. February 9, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Oh subhanAllah so sorry you experienced that after 9/11

    I only started wearing hijab a few years ago but some of my friends were attacked for wearing hijab. Alhamdulillah you were strong and kept it on.

    • Humaira
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Oh wow, it’s so sad it’s such a common occurrence, may Allah protect us all!

  6. February 13, 2018 / 11:01 am

    I’m really disturbed and sorry to hear what you had to go through! Allah bless you for staying strong! Jazak Allah Khair!

    • Humaira
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 11:04 am

      Ameen! It is what it is, but the more we stay visible and relevant, the less we can be ignored In Shaa Allah.

  7. May 10, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    Subhanallah to the timing of you wearing hijab! A true test from Allah, and Allah tests those more who he loves the most.

    • Humaira
      Author
      May 10, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Yes Alhamdulillah! Everything truly is a test from Allah.

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