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Monday, 1 February 2016

Hijab is my identity feat. Rahila

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 Rahila is a full-time working mother of four children. Rahila has a really beautiful blog over at Dairy of a Hijbai Mommy and Rahila blogs about parenting, managing a home and all the beautiful things related. Rahila writes her blog to escape from her duties.
Find out everything you need to know about why I am doing this interview and the purpose behind it by reading 'What is World Hijab Day?.

 1. What does the Hijab mean to you? 
To me, hijab is not just that piece of cloth covering my hair. It took a complete overhaul of my closet. It’s a constant reminder of what it means to be a Muslim. It’s a continuous prompt that I must also always make sure of all the little things that are required of me, to pray on time, not to indulge in gossip, not to lie, not to listen to music to name a few. Hijab is my identity now. No one has to wonder and ask me what my background is or where I am from. They see me as a Muslim and that is enough. But honestly, come to think of it, donning the hijab has made me more confident, more self-assured and contrary to popular belief, it has given me more independence. 

2. How do you feel when you wear the Hijab? 
Confident and protected. 

3. When did you start wearing the hijab and what lead you to making that decision? 
It has been about five years since I started wearing hijab. Before I started taking hijab I used to look at all other hijabi sisters with respect and admiration and wished I could be as strong and brave as them, I used to ask them to pray for me too that Allah gives me Hidaya (guidance). Inspiration came to me in many ways. I had attended a lecture during my last pregnancy and the lecturer described how a woman when she gives birth becomes as pure as the baby. The way she described it gave me goose bumps and sent chills down my spine. I wished I had been enlightened earlier. 

4. Were your family and friends supportive? What did they say? 
It was interesting to note that my co-workers were more supportive than family! My family is a reflection of modern day Muslim. It is a general opinion on my husband and in-laws’ side that we don’t have to dress a certain way to be identified as a good Muslim. I agree with this to a certain level. Wearing a hijab does not really qualify you as a Good Muslim but for me it has certainly enabled me to learn more and practice more of my religion without imposing it on others around me. 

5. What reactions did you get when first starting to wear the hijab? 
I remember the first day when I walked into my work with my hijab on, I was ready for a few weird looks and a lot of questions. It was to my uttermost surprise that there were no weird looks; in fact most of my co-workers complimented me. Few had questions, like what made me decide to wear hijab after all these years. To them my answer was simple “because I have to, my religion prescribes it for me, and because I want to set a good example for my girls and if not now then when?” 

6. Have you have any positive attention while wearing the hijab?
During an event at work, I couldn’t believe how many pleasant encounters I had. There was this Egyptian lady, when I greeted her in the morning, she automatically replied with a Salam. Another Muslim Pakistani gentleman said Salam and automatically lowered his gaze while he spoke to me. Yet another older Muslim lady, who had met me before in my non-hijab wearing days had a hard time recognizing me, nevertheless when she did she said “Masha’Allah you look good. Pray for me too”. I replied “In sha Allah, you never know when you will be inspired and Allah will grant you Tawfeeq (inspiration)”. 

7. Have you had any funny comments or moments while wearing the hijab? 
Once I was walking with my co-worker on a particularly windy day, I quickly learned wind is NOT my friend especially when I was wearing a silk scarf! 

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A massive thank you to Rahila for answering these questions and make sure you go show Rahila your love and support over at DairyOfAHijabiMommy.
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  1. I loved that it was a constant reminder of how to live her life and what kind of a person she wants to be, so beautiful.

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I couldn't agree more. These women are a true inspiration for others. xx

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