By Sister Deniz Matar

I grew up in a family of a very westernized surrounding where for instance even fasting during the month of Ramadan was strange to my family. Since I was a child I was always confused onto why my friends mum has her hair covered but my mum doesn’t because were the same religion right? I began questioning myself and my faith and realizing just because I was taught to live a different way and I was taught that religion wasn’t for important i began to research and came across this;

And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty …….And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31).

It made me realize that my beauty and my body, skin , hair and even my ankles should be reserved cause of how exposed women are in this society we should be inspired to cover ourselves for our modesty and to protect our awrah and preserve our beauty for those who are our muharam. Putting on the hijab for the first time made me feel beautiful even though I pinned my fingers so many times and had random blood stains on my scarf , I felt like a model from a Vogue cover , society drove me to wear this piece of cloth not just for the sake of my religion but for the sake of preserving myself for the right reasons , anyone can wear mini shorts and walk outside but only real warriors will chose to wrap their beauty without shame. Thank you for taking the time to read my story x

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