Hijaab

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Posted February 3, 2021

It is one thing to have worn hijab since day 1 of life, and it is other to choose to wear it as a women.

However, the choice exists in both scenarios. A woman who has worn hijab as a child also consciously chooses to continue to do so, just like the woman who chooses to adopt it in the later part of her life. 

 

Let me ask, why would someone who has never the worn head dress would choose to wear it? But then let me also ask, why one changes their choice of profession from the one they chose as a child to the one they find better as a graduate? 

 

As one grows up, the way they look at the world and the way they want to appear in the world, evolves. Personalities change; and if one doesn't change the situations around it accordingly, there remains a sense of misalignment. This is where one makes the choice. The choice to change the apparent to coincide with the inner self. 

 

Just like someone who changes their profession because their thoughts have evolved, similarly a woman may choose to wear hijab  due to the shift in her frame of mind. She might want wear a hijab in her life ahead. It is a mental shift more than anything else that comes with growth and maturity. 

 

That in my opinion, is the significance of hijab. It is a choice that a women makes: to appear with it when she steps out in the world. 

 

But as anything and everything new, there are daily confrontations within one's mind where is questions again and again whether why we took a particular decision, despite being aware of it significance. This is where the benefits of that decision step in to strengthen their case; and this process continues for unknown length of time.

 

With the significance of hijab being clear, let me write on things that make a woman feel happy to have made the choice of wearing hijab and things that silence the confrontations in one's head.

 

For a women who has to get up for college or work everyday, detangling the hair is a time consuming task. Hijab saves her from that. Putting her hair up together just randomly is enough for her because the hijab would cover them anyway. She may detangle her hair later in the day and efficiently leave for college or work in the morning. 

 

When we think of hair, we also may think of style and so accessories. If you consider it, hijab saves a lot of your money when it gets to buying jewelry to complete the formal look. If anything, you just need  bracelets or rings. The need or want to wear a necklace or earrings vanish. The money spent on office jewelry and the millions spent on wedding  jewelry could all be then spent on education and career development. In many cultures families spend less on a girls education and more on the jewelry given in dowry. 

 

To many women, hijab acts as a shield. It gives them a sense of security when they walk out in public. For instance, it saves them from incidents of wardrobe malfunctions and unwanted stares. I don't mean to say that wearing or not wearing has a connection with the existence of those stares, but this that a woman may continue to choose to wear hijab as a counter act against them. 

 

Secondly, in todays time where everyone has a camera in hand, even when one is not taking their picture intentionally, getting into an unwanted frame might be a fear of many. Hijab saves one from it. Unless you have your face to the direction of that camera, you won't be recognizable in the picture. And for those who also add niqab, they have nothing to be afraid of at all! 

 

According to the things written above, hijab when consciously chosen to wear is a symbol of liberty. It is something that brings confidence to a women every time she puts it on. It relieves her from so many burdens, so many worries, so that she is able to focus on her goals. 

 

 

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Kay Link
Feb 03
Feb 03

You are an excellent writer, your precise way with words makes reading this a true joy. Thank you for sharing, I found myself nodding in agreement with you while reading. I see the benefits of wearing a hijab.

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Feb 03
Feb 03

Thank You so much, Your appreciation means a lot!!

jomarieb.earth
Feb 03
Feb 03

Dearest Karin,
Your post on Hijaab is moving. I know that wearing Hijaab in many places in the world is mandatory for a woman. It is not a choice for many. But, for many as well it is absolutely a choice. I believe that you are speaking from the position of choice. I know, from my experience, being a non-Muslim woman, and purely out of respect and law, I had occassions while traveling I wore Hijaab. It was liberating. It was stylish. It was my own privacy in public. It was adornment with the utmost femininity. I loved it. I felt special and extra beautiful. Once, on a boat ride in San Francisco, I joined an Egyptian group of women. We chatted about Cairo, because I had been. And my hair was a crazy, frizzy mess during the boat ride and even worse after. I was so jealous, because they all had a sophisticated, unaffected look because they had on Hijaab. They were the essence of neat and beautiful. I wish I had one at the time. They even took the liberty of giggling at me, like sisters would, because they knew I felt it. Anyway, bravo to you sister for selecting your crown and wearing it proudly. This makes me wonder in the coming years, if women will catch on who aren't spiritually connected to it, but will realize the benefits it offers in everyday life. It's been nice chatting with you.
Hugs...JoMarie

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Feb 03
Feb 03

I absolutely loved everything about your response! Thank You so much, it really feels amazing to hear from you!

Beth Lacey
Feb 04
Feb 04

This is very interesting and informative. You are making me think differently.

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Feb 04
Feb 04

Thank You so much! It makes me very happy to read your words!

Nini Mappo
Feb 05
Feb 05

Hello Kiran,
Your post resonates with the use of head-scarfs among African women. Not religiously legislated, but keeps us from a bad hair day for instance. It is a beautiful read that takes into consideration various factors surrounding the individual and collective significance of the Hijaab.

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Feb 06
Feb 06

Thank You for telling me about life in Africa. Its amazing to gain insight about places one hasn't been to yet!

Andrace
Feb 16
Feb 16

Hi Kiran,
Thank you for sharing about the use of the hijab. I totally agree with you that it is a matter of choice and conviction. Keep the flame burning as we'd love to read more from you.

I heartily congratulate you on your first post too. 'Great that you are raising your voice. Keep writing and shining. ..This is certainly the place to be...the sisterhood of World Pulse. Welcome Sis!

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Kiran Fatima Zaidi
Feb 16
Feb 16

Its lovely to hear from you, thank you for your kind words!

More power to you too