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Thursday, 1 February 2018

My Hijab Story - Tag | World Hijab Day


Since creating my blog I have tried to do something for World Hijab Day (1st of February every year) because it speaks volume and expresses unity to me. Find out more about ‘what is World Hijab Day? and What is the Hijab?’ on my previous post. Wearing the hijab isn't always easy and I have wrote a post on it, named ‘the truth about wearing the hijab’.

Before starting this year's post I want to take this opportunity and reflect on all the amazing interviews I have done with talented women over the past years. Please make sure you check their blogs out and support them.




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I tried to find a 'Hijab - tag' online but I couldn't find much (or any questions), so I've answered the questions I could find and added a few of my own.

1. How old were you when you started wearing the hijab?

I was 18 years old when I first started wearing the hijab.

2. What or who influenced you to wear the hijab?

I was fascinated by seeing others wear the hijab and I wanted to know more about it, why did women wear the hijab and what was the purpose of it. Once I started researching about it, I realised a lot of important things and I took my chance and started wearing the hijab.

3. How has the hijab changed your life?

In many different ways. I get more stares than before and appearance wise I feel different. I feel more content and there are hard days, but I always remember the reason why I started wearing the hijab. At the moments when I feel the lowest in my life I remember that I wear it for Allah (SWT) and the journey won't be easy but it'll be worth it in the end.

4. What does the hijab mean to you?

Self-satisfaction, to cover up, modesty, protection, reminder of religion, empowerment, and elegance. My hijab doesn't define who I am, but it is a big part of my faith.

5. How do you deal with rude comments/stares you get because of wearing the hijab?

I ignore it. Many times, the negativity will get me down but I remember the reason I started wearing it, and that it could be worse.

6. What is your favourite thing about wearing the hijab?
The self-satisfaction wearing the hijab brings.

"Judge me by what's in my head, not what's on my head" - Unknown.

7. Can you explain the first time you started wearing the hijab? Did anyone help you in your journey?
Before I started wearing the hijab outside, I did practice trying the hijab on inside the house. I must say I found it a huge help that I knew someone very close to me who was already wearing the hijab. I did tell them about thinking of wearing the hijab and got their advice, and they helped A LOT. One of their advice was to practice wearing the hijab inside before I started going outside. I remember the first time I went out wearing the hijab and it felt as if the whole world was staring at me (but, they weren't). The first step was the hardest, but as time went by it got easier. When wearing the hijab, you really need to forget what the world thinks and keep in mind why you started and what YOU think of yourself. I can't thank the person who I knew for helping me out, because they showed me what type of scarves, what pins, where to buy everything from and the list goes on. The information was crucial and it honestly made my journey much more easier. I'm unsure if this person remembers this, but they taught me how to style the hijab and one day when they were styling my hijab, I can clearly remember that they said to me "in time you'll find your own hijab style, and you'll experiment loads until you find the style your most comfortable in". They were the words of wisdom because it's so true. Over time I did find a hijab style I was comfortable in, and I wouldn't change a thing about my hijab journey.

8. What is your favourite colour of hijab?
I definitely love glittery hijabs the best for special occasions.

9. What colour of hijab do you have the most in your closet?

Black. I feel like I can easily work with and design the black hijab colour much better.

10. What is your hijab must have accessory?

Hijab pins. It's impossible to do the hijab without them.

11. What advice could you give a newbie hijabi?

It won't be a easy journey, so just don't give up. Remember the end result will be much sweeter. It is hard, but you'll get used to it. The biggest advice if I could really give to someone would be to NEVER PUT PINS IN YOUR MOUTH!! It's super dangerous and you could die because of it. No exaggerations. It is dangerous so DON'T be lazy by putting them in your mouth. 

12. Would you ever take the hijab off?

Never. The hijab has become a part of me and I would feel like an alien without it. 

13. What is the craziest thing someone has asked you regarding your hijab?

There have been plenty of times where the questions asked have just been remarkable. I've been asked things like "do you shower with the hijab on", "do you sleep with it on", and even "are you embarrassed of your hair, is that why you wear it". A popular question is "don't you get too hot with it on?". If anyone is wondering the answer to all these questions is no.

14. Do you wear a face veil (niqab) or do you think you will in the future?

Personally, I don't see myself ever wearing the niqab. Everyone is at different levels in their own faith, and I highly respect everyone's decision and journey.

15. What is your opinion of the countries which propose to ban the niqab or hijab?

I understand the concerns many people may have because of how Muslims have been portrayed in the media. But at the end of the day we all should have the freedom of choice. Why is a person targeted because of the colour of their skin, or the religion they choose to follow? There is still a divide whether people accept it or not and we should all be doing something about it. We all made the world what it is and we have the power to change it.  


That's all for now. If you're a hijabi blogger then feel free to do this tag and leave your link below (I'd love to read it)! Also if you have any questions on my hijab journey or any at all, then feel free to send me a message.


Other people taking part in World Hijab Day 2018 (make sure you check these amazing ladies out):

Abidha Basheer from Insightful Grace - 'Hijab doesn't make us different'
Zainab Farrukh from The Women Network - 'Understanding psychological implications for women who face hijab prejudice'
Mona Ismaeil from My Modern Hijab - 'What does hijab mean to me?'
Aminat O OdumEwu-Seese from Striving for Modesty - 'That thing on your head'
Rashdah Hameed from Hidden Pearls - 'World Hijab Day - celebrating Muslimahs'
Madhiya Qureshi from Lilac Prose - 'World Hijab Day & Giveaway'
Sharmeen Kidwai from Girl with Scarf Writes - 'What happened when I put a scraf on'
Humaira Ahmad from Money Savvy Muslim - 'My Hijab Story'
Diah Dwi Arti from Mommy's Next Step - 'The freedom to wear hijab for Muslim women'
Sussu Leclerc from Soumyana -'My hijab is a hot charcoal'
Maheen Nusrat from Fiery Fury - 'My hijab story'

Thank you for reading!
Until next time, take care and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose
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18 comments

  1. What a great post, and that is great advice to get help from a current Hijabi. The pins bit is a must! My husband is always telling me off for leaving pins everywhere and I can't count how many pins I've lost haha!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I couldn't agree more, I'm always buying more hijab pins. xx

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  2. Simply stunning! Love this blog post babe!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Thursday
    Much love, Len
    www.lenparent.com
    XO

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    1. Thank you soo much! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it :)
      xxx

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  3. it's strange the questions you can get asked when wearing the hijab. I have to say I often say to people your worrying about how hot I am, if I were to stand here without the hijab I would feel extremely uncomfortable and like something was wrong! I find having open hair makes you just as hot. Like duh!

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    1. Exactly! I don't mind answering questions someone may have but what you wear shouldn't define you.
      xxx

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  4. Thanks for this post. I was never told to wear my hijab inside to see how it feels. What a great advice for beginners.

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    1. Thank you for commenting beaut! I feel like it's one of the best advice ever. It helps you feel comfortable before going outside.
      xxx

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  5. Great post Ramsha! Absolutely love the quote you have shared about judging one what's "in" the head rather than what's "on" the head. May Allah SWT make it easy for us to follow the Deen.

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    1. Thank you Zainab! I actually heard that quote not long after I started wearing the hijab and it's something that stuck with me. Ameen.
      xxx

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  6. I love your story here. I think we all have similar stories yet all so different at the same time. I've been asked all those same questions too. hahah! I've also been asked "Has your husband seen your hair?" That one always gets me!

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    1. Thank you Mona! I'm happy to hear that you like it :)! I couldn't agree more! Every person has their own unique story to tell, and I love hearing other people's views, opinions and story. Haha! I can't actually believe you get asked that.
      xxx

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  7. As someone who doesn't wear a hijab, I found this blog post really interesting and I'm so pleased you wrote it! I personally find it so bizarre that anyone else could care what someone else chooses to do with their life - or to ask such ridiculous questions! You look absoloutely beautiful!

    Musings & More

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    1. I'm glad you found this post interesting Emily, thank you for your kind comment. I know! People should concentrate on their own life, instead of worrying about others.
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  8. thanks for sharing your story--it is amazing the different kinds of catalysts that lead us to the hijaab---as mentioned in my blog, i still have my days of loving it and not loving it--in the end it is all a journey..shouldn't be judged by what is on my head:D

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  9. This was super interesting! I'd love to see there being the Hijab tag going round and the "Judge what's in my head not on my head" is amazing, I often get people making assumptions about me ,though not in the same way, because I chose to dye my hair bright colours when it doesn't determine anything about me! Will deffo go and read some more of those posts for World Hijab Day :)


    The Quirky Queer

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  10. I liked the brief and short way you covered the entire subject! I always get asked crazy questions when I get a nice haircut as to why is there a need of stylish haircut when you wear hijab! Hope things change for better as days pass.

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  11. When it comes to colors, the solids such as black and white are more traditional, but there are now seasonal hijabs that come with stunning prints and colors and in different styles.https://reshuwrites.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/hidden-pearls-hijabs-review/

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