The hijab

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My object is a hijab. It is a cloth that you wrap around your head, covering your hair and chest area. In Pakistan children wearing the hijab was rare, mostly older women wore it. But when i came to America, many people almost every muslim kid wore the hijab. It was unexpected because i always thought that American people weren't very modest. Looking at the kids i asked my mom why i didn't wear a hijab. She explained that you have to learn what the hijab is for, before wearing it. She explained that the hijab was like protection for women because it covered you hair, which play a big part in your beauty and it covered your chest, which shouldn't be seen by stranger because it attracted attention. She said that the hijab makes you different but unique. I wanted to experience how it felt to wear the hijab. So, I started wearing it thinking that it might change me. In fact, it did change me, but it made and a better person and made me realize that a woman should only show what she wants to show. Wearing the hijab makes me feel respected. But i am always given a choice, whether i want to wear it or not. I have been wearing it for 5 years now, and i cant imagine taking it off.

– Khadija ali

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