Happy World Hijab Day! if you're not familiar with this concept, it was created back in 2013 as a way of inviting non-Muslims and Muslims to experience life in Hijab. It's intended to encourage and support women who choose to wear hijab. For me, hijab is a daily reminder of who I aspire to be. It keeps me in moral and mental check. It's a visible declaration of my devotion and love for God. Above all, it empowers me to rise above my nafs (self), and allows for what really matters to shine through.
I’m celebrating 15 years in hijab alhamdulelaah and every day that passes I am reminded of the powerful presence it provides not just for me but for all my other hijabi sisters around the world. Never have I felt more proud to be visibly marking myself as a Muslim. It’s actually never been a better time to be a Muslim American women, not only have mainstream markets finally started to cater to us, but we are experiencing inclusivity and visibility more so now than ever before with figures such as Linda Sarsour, one of the main organizers for the Women’s March on Washington - which was one of the largest demonstrations in American history, or Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. athlete to compete in the Olympics while donning a hijab, or Nura Afia the first hijabi to ever be appointed as a national Cover Girl, or Rahaf Khatib the first hijabi runner to be on the cover of an American fitness magazine, or Halima Aden - the first Hijabi women to participate in the Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant, and the list goes on! This is just the beginning :) We’ve come so far and worked so hard to get here! I know it’s not always easy especially given the level of religious discrimination we’ve been experiencing but use your presence to offer a counter narrative. Trust me, your presence is making a difference without you even knowing it.
Show your support by doing the following:
- Post a picture of yourself in hijab on social media using the hashtag #iStand4Hijab, #Wroldhijabday, and #PFHhijabmovement
- Send us your answers to these questions:
What inspires you to wear hijab?
What does hijab mean to you?
What advice do you have for those who are struggling with it?
Email us your responses at getPFH@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in our PFH Hijab movement!