Yamha Sami | Staff Writer
Seventh grader Ayesha Chaudry used to wear hijab. Photo by Yamha Sami.
Hijabs or headscarves, are worn by Muslim females, and they are a symbol of identity and modesty in Islam. Many girls around school have decided to wear these scarves. Something people usually do not know is what they are or why people decide to wear them, but you most probably have seen them.
Many girls this year have just started to wear hijab, and most people do not know what it even is, and who told them to wear it. According to the Quran, the holy book of Islam, girls must wear hijab to sustain modesty. Muslim girls might be seen wearing long skirts, full body clothes or generally not showing much body at all.
People have many reasons as to why they chose to wear hijab, and seventh grader Ayesha Chaudry says that she wore hijab because she wanted to be loyal to her religion, by being modest. She wore hijab, but just until recently, she stopped.
“I completely agree with it (being modest), but I feel like I started wearing it too early so I didn’t appreciate it,” Chaudry said. “I look forward to wearing it in high school.”
Seemingly in most Muslim families, young girls don’t wear hijab, but there is an age when girls can start to wear it. Some parents influence the decision of their children should wear it, and some parents let their children choose for themselves. Many Muslims believe it isn’t a matter of choice to wear hijab or not. Seventh grader Shaikha Alkaabi said she believes that it is not optional.
According to Pew Research center, out of 1,000,000 Muslim females, 43 percent wear hijab everyday, while 48 percent prefer not to, or have quit. National Public Radio (NPR) states that many of the women said that they chose to quit hijab because of verbal judgement and abuse. When they took the hijab off, they said that they felt free and open to the world, without any anti-Muslim interruptions. Shaikha Alkaabi saw this and thought that these women should stay strong, no matter what people say or do to them.
“Now people (in school) don’t judge, except some,” Alkaabi said. “(Wearing hijab) is part of my religion and it make me who I am.”
People that dislike or are prejudice to Muslims are known as people with “Islamophobia.” But many women and men like Alkaabi, are proud to be Muslim, and respect their religion, even if it means paying the small price of judgement, from people that believe otherwise about Islam.
Seventh grader Shaikha Alkaabi said she is one of these women.
“Not everybody (treats me different),” Alkaabi said. “My religion influenced me (to wear hijab). It’s not a choice, and I am proud (to be Muslim).”