Wearing Hijab In A Non-Muslim Society
As Salam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh sister!
If you have decided or you are in the process of wearing the Hijab in a
non-Muslim or not-so-accepting society then you might have felt
overwhelmed by the idea of wearing it for the first time.
"What would people think? What would they say and how would I be
perceived from now on?"
All of this thoughts are fully understandable as we change how our
outer appearance looks, and the truth is that people's opinions may
vary and they might be good or bad, yet, despite the difficulties and
hardships we might experience, I invite you to look at the positive
— You'll be pleasing Allah by following what He has ordained, take
as an example how the women of the Ansaar (women who were
inhabitants of Madinah at the time of when the Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلمmade
Hijrah) reacted when they heard the following verse (interpretation
of the meaning):
"O Prophet! Ask your wives, daughters, and believing women to draw
their cloaks over their bodies. In this way it is more likely that they
will be recognized ˹as virtuous˺ and not be harassed. And Allah is
All-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Al-Ahzab 33:59)
And this is how they reacted:
"It was narrated from Safiyyah bint Shaybah that ‘Aa’ishah (may
Allah be pleased with her) used to say: When these words were
revealed — “and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their
bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)” — they took their izaars (a kind of
garment) and tore them from the edges and covered their faces with
— You'll be recognized as a Muslimah, and while this comes with a
great responsabilty, at the same time, it will bring you a lot of
barakah, since people will look at you as the face of Islam, everywhere you go you will have the honor to be recognized as a
Muslim who covers for the sake of Allah, how cool is that? On top of
that, people might feel curious and ask you about Islam which can be
a door of da'wah.
Now, the most crucial thing to do when you decide to wear Hijab is to
— Willing to build a love relationship with your Hijab.
— Willing to please the Creator above the creation.
And still, willing to be true to yourself. Wearing Hijab nowadays can
be challenging and, sadly enough, not often well recieved, however
when you find yourself poundering about this thoughts, think about
the sahabiyyat (female companions of the prophet Muhammadصلى الله عليه وسلم(
and how they were true representatives of Islam despite the harsh
treatment from the tribes and communities they lived in, due to their
deep faith and tawakkul (perfect trust in Allah alone).
Your efforts won't go unnoticed sister, I promise you, especially
when you strive to become the better version of yourself by
worshipping Allah and what he has commanded. Remember this
Abu Qatadah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon
“Verily, you will never leave anything for the sake of Allah
Almighty but that Allah will replace it with something better.”²
I ask Allah to ease your affairs and difficulties, may they be rewarded
abundantly in the akhirah, ameen.
¹Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4481.
²Source: Musnad Aḥmad 22565. Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
This article is written by Meem bint Ó.