Bakrieh Hassan is a Muslim-American, Palestinian woman born and raised in Chicago. She is a pediatric registered nurse and a style blogger. Here's what she had to say about Hijab:
What does the hijab mean to you?
Wearing hijab is a sign of strength and freedom to live and express myself in my own way while still holding onto my beliefs and values. Not one time have I felt that my hijab is holding me back from something I would like to pursue. Freedom is all in the heart and mind and not on the body. We are not tied down by hijab, but by people's conception of how a hijabi should look and act like. I have travelled to many parts of the world and I have always been amazed by how beauty can be so diverse taking every shape and form. And Muslim women are no different. Every hijabi has a message to tell the world that she sends through the way she wears it. So let every girl write her message with her own unique brush!
What inspires you to wear the hijab?
I wear hijab because it tells a story of who I am, where I'm from, and what I believe in before I speak. When I walk into my patient's room, I am a walking form of dawah (preaching about Islam) and any of my actions represent not only of who I am as a person, but about how Islam and hijabis in general are portrayed. Now, there is a society that will look at you completely differently. Without a doubt wearing hijab in western society will make you standout. We are a beacon of Islam. When people see you they will see Islam, there will be questions as well as confusion and there may sometimes be fear. People fear that which they can’t understand. So that is why you break the stigma of Islamophobia and explain with peacefulness and piety.
What advice do you have for those who are struggling with it?
You may not realize this, but even the very thought of (potentially) wearing hijab has been written down for you as a good deed with great enormity. And more importantly you are inspired by Allah (SWT) in your heart to begin this journey. Never forget to make dua (supplication)!
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