Women are just like treasured pearls which are well protected by an oyster shell and can only be found in the very deep end of the ocean, very exquisite. --Juriah Aziz
Yes, women need to believe that we are precious gems! Read on as we take on the views of Juriah Aziz, as she embarks on her journey to become who she is, today.
JURIAH AZIZ | FINANCE MANAGER
When I started walking around with a headscarf during Ramadan 2015, my friends and family were very shocked and confused by my decision. I struggled with self-confidence during many occasions and felt insecure of what people might think of me. I was apprehensive about seeing my friends and family members for the first time and was extra sensitive about getting all the unwanted attention as if I could feel eyes burning into my skin whenever I was in public. Coming from a mix-parental family background of non-Muslims and working in an American firm were big challenges for me to deal with as a brand new hijabi.
But after about a year of wearing hijab, I realized that these ill feelings from others were in reality just my own insecurities and paranoia. Now, I always like to just take the opportunity to smile at those who are looking at me as I want to show that Muslims are friendly and peaceful people albeit all the stereotyping in this rising Islamophobia world that we're living in today. I love to explain and clear up misconceptions of 'hijab' in the hope that it seems more logical and less foreign to those undiscerning ones.
Muslim women are just like treasured pearls which are well protected by an oyster shell and can only be found in the very deep end of the ocean, very exquisite. Among His best creation - the human being, He chose this honour for a woman in order to preserve, protect, purify her beauty and to make it eternal in paradise. This by far has got to be the very best thing I had done for myself, which is incredibly humbling and gratifying.
We hope to see you at our event this weekend! You can also meet Juriah on Saturday, 17 February @ 5pm at Baghdad Street!