''Are you sure?'' My mum asked me before I left to school. ''You're only 11, and you have alot of time, you know?'' She said again. I knew I was ready. The hijab was going to be a huge part of me right now, and I knew was going to get a lot of looks. Do you know what I remember the most about that day? A comment. While I was walking to school, a girl from high school shouted ''Who even wears an ugly hoodie in the middle of the summer!''. I was shocked. I didn't know how to react because this was the first time someone said something like this to me. Who says something like that to a little girl? I could've easily dropped the hijab and regreted, but I didn't. I kept my head up high, and remembered that I was beautiful in it no matter what everyone said and thought.
I'm proud. Proud of carrying the hijab. No one forced me, and no one forced other muslim girls to carry the hijab. We're all proud of carrying it and it doesn't make us less confident! It's a part us and our identity. Telling a muslim girl to drop her hijab, is like telling a girl to drop a piece of her on the ground. You can't simply tell a girl to quit using it, even though you wish it.
What I find truly shocking is how we are told we can decide to wear whatever we want. We have the freedom of speech, freedom to believe in whatever we want but also the freedom to decide what we want to wear. But as soon as I step out the door with a hijab, I'm judged by a million eyes. The million eyes that just told me I could wear whatever I want. When girls chose to wear less they're praised by the media, and described as strong and independent women. When muslim girls chose to show less and cover up, we're judged and told to drop it because they think the hijab represents discrimination and oppression against women.
I'm totally okay with people having questions about how it feels like wearing hijab and I'm open to all kind of questions, but remember not to judge a person based on a piece of clothing. We're all humans, and I'm still like you and every other people you see even though I chose to wear the hijab.
Have a blessed day x