We all feel it sometimes. The weird stares from strangers, the whispers from other girls your age when you dress differently, the constant “aren’t you hot in that” from the PE teacher to your best friend. Sometimes it’s just hard to be a hijabi.
Sometimes you feel like the only one. Maybe sometimes you wish you fit in and were like everyone else. I felt like that for a long time as well. I was always scared of standing out, of drawing attention to myself. I would try my hardest to blend in and not draw too much attention to myself. But over the years I’ve learned something, no matter how hard I try I’m not going to fit in. I’m different then everyone else. Allah (SWT) has chosen me to be Muslim. He’s made it easier for me to please Him and enter heaven. When I feel alienated from the rest of society, I think about how fortunate I am to be Muslim. How much harder it would be to enter Jannah if I was born a non-believer. How unlike Muslims during the time of Mohammad, (SAW) I am not being tortured for practicing my fate.
When you feel out of place remember that it’s only temporary. Remind yourself that you are a part of something so much bigger. That you are special and someday everyone else will be able to see it.
Your hijab doesn’t make you an alien. It doesn’t stop you from making friends or having fun. Often times I see hijabi girls holding themselves back by being too self-conscious. Treat your hijab as you would your tee-shirt, a necessary that shouldn’t be overly thought about. It’s a part of you but it doesn’t have to define you. You are so much more than a piece of cloth on your head. Now go out there and prove it . And remember, you are not alone.