Somayyah Ghariani is an Arab American of Egyptian and Libyan descent. She has a background in Psychology & Communications and is committed to making a difference through social justice and international development. Here's what she had to say about hijab:
What does the hijab mean to you?
The hijab to me is a symbol of devotion to my faith; a daily reminder to live a life of higher purpose. It transcends the literal meaning of being covered and the physical representation of modest attire. The hijab has guided me in shaping my identity and giving me a stronger sense of character.
What inspires you to wear the hijab?
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh said in regards to why she wears her hijab that "it is a symbol of my defiance to Islamophobia." It seems that now, more than ever, I'm more inspired to defy the stereotypes and misconceptions that have led to the current climate of Islamophobia. I also find inspiration in so many examples of strong women both veiled and not who continue to share their stories. Their stories of how the power of a woman is defined by her intellect and dedication to pursue what she stands for, and not by what she looks like or what she chooses to wear.
What advice do you have for those who are struggling with it?
For those who are struggling, I think it's important to reach out to those who are closest to you and have conversations around the hijab. It is also important to read and educate ourselves further about the meaning & purpose of hijab in Islam. In the light of this very movement that Hassanah has pushed for, it is crucial for us to create safe spaces that are judgement free and encourage healthy conversations around such a personal decision.
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