CONFIDENCE IN HIJAB By Olatunde Azeezah
Many a time do we muslimah develop an inferiority complex because we’re putting on hijab. We loose confidence in ourselves and tend to believe what the world ignorantly say about hijab, for instance when hijab is compared to rag, unfashionable attire, uncivilized shelter and many more that hijab has been calumniously painted to be. These actions or sayings from people who hate hijab and are islamaphobic conduce to the enervaration of our confidence as a Muslimah.
Dear muslimahs, we need to rectify our beliefs and comprehend why we are putting on this hijab. Through this way we’ll be able to invigorate our confidence and this can be achieved by having the knowledge of why we choose to wear hijab over the enormous wears that exist in the 21st century.
The reason why we muslimah strive to put on hijab and keep it on always is because Allah SWT said in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah says;
“And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.” – Qur’an 24:3.
It can be extrapolated from the verse stated above that it’s not a wish of anybody to put on hijab but that Allah. The Uncreated Creator who created us commanded us to use it and we MUST obey Him.
This is the first step to the gaining of confidence that we’re doing it for the sake of Allah alone, not because our parents, teachers or Muslim leaders told us to but because of Allah commanded us to do it and no one is oppressing us in doing it. We’re doing it freely out of the will of pleasing Allah.
We should also know that it’s our constitutional right which affirms the right to obey the injunction of our religion.
Subsection (1) of section 38 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (2011 as amended), it provides as follows:
“Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion….and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observations”.
Judging from the above quoted constitution, the constitutionality of hijab is therefore irrefutable.
Truly, we will meet people that will obdurately ridicule and mortify us in our schools, place of work and our respective homes. This action they exhibit should not influence our decision or hijab rather it should make us stronger and steadfast in pleasing Allah.
We’re not oblivious of Amasa Firdaus story that was obviated from attending the call to bar ceremony at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. This incident occurred on the 13th of December, 2017. She was put in a dilemma of choosing her career over her religion and she was steadfast on the path of Allah and chose her religion because she understood why she is using the hijab and remained obstinate on pleasing Allah.
What stops you from remaining obstinate on the path of Allah even when you face an opprobious situation?
Also, most Muslim sisters believe Hijab limits their achievements in life. We need to erase this belief because hijab will make us successful in both worlds and doesn’t limit our intelligency rather it increases it along with our spirituality.
Here are names of notable Muslims who wear hijab and are successful:
1. Tawakkul Karman: She’s the first Arab woman and youngest Nobel Peace Laureate. When asked about her hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied, “Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to ancient times.”
2. Dr. Jamila Karim: She’s the first Muslim professor of religious studies at Spelman College. She’s an award winning author and earned her doctorate degree from Duke University. Her debut book is titled, American Muslim Women.
3. Ibtihaj Muhammad: She’s best known for being the first Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States. She’s the first Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics.
4. Dalia Mogahed: She’s the director of research at the Institute for social Policy and Understanding, has met the flood of Islamaphobia that the Trump administration brought with it head on. She’s hoping to examine the impact of Islamaphobia and discover the most effective ways of countering it.
5. Ilhan Omar: She’s a Somalia American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. She was sworn into office with her hand on Qur’an.
These women are Muslims like you are, they faced humiliation and harassment just like you do but never for once fidget. Hijab didn’t limit their achievements rather it added to it. Nothing stops you from being the best. Work on being good and the best shall reach out for you In Shaa Allah.
Remember steadfastness is the key.
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