This special story has definitely moved us at MODESTyle and we hope it does so too for you.
Let’s talk with Jayina Chan, a well known Muslim revert. She gives insights to how she has been confronted with the struggles of being a non hijabi then. It takes a lot of courage for what she has overcome.
JAYINA CHAN | MOMBOSS OF ANYA MEALS
Have you ever been discriminated for being a non-hijabi Muslim?
I would love to say no, but there have been instances where I’ve been spoken very rudely to because I wasn’t wearing veil on my head while entering musollah and mosques. Not every Muslim is accustomed to seeing another Muslim of a different ethnic race; they explicitly thought I was abusing the use of these premises (i.e. to use the washroom or to breastfeed my child). Being a new Muslim then, it was very daunting to pray in public alone and sometimes I would cry while praying when I did not feel welcome.
Things are a lot different now that I am a hijabi—I would walk in confidently and tell myself that I am there to fulfill my prayers, and not think of anything else.
Do you think there are inequalities between a non-hijabi and a hijabi?
As much as women are celebrated for being who they choose to be, there are still little discrepancies and inequalities in the treatment of non-hijabis and hijabis is different situations.
For instance, I have hijabi friends who tell me that their opinions and ideas are not heard and accepted at work; whereas non-hijabi ladies might find it harder to be taken seriously in an Islamic setting.
I, on the other hand, find that I have been taken a lot more seriously in formal settings after donning on the hijab because I have chosen to represent myself as a Muslim revert. Albeit a piece of cloth over our heads, a veil and how we choose to dress can make a statement and affect other people’s perception of us.
What message do you want to send across for this year’s World Hijab Day?
A Muslim woman is a Muslim woman—with or without her hijab. Only God The Almighty knows our innermost thoughts; faith cannot be measured by a veil. Treat one another with respect and always be kind.
Complete the sentence: Being a woman means...
Being a woman means learning to play different roles well. We are daughters, sisters, friends, wives, mothers, and servants of God The Almighty. We can and must build one another up to be better versions of ourselves. It is easier to do so when we are empowered by a community of strong women.
It’s only 4 days left to our World Hijab Day!
Will you be there to join in our record breaking hijab gathering?
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