We were never a practicing family really although we lived most of our life in Saudi Arabia. Even though KSA is unnecessarily notorious for forcing hijab on women living there, all my life (until I choose to wear hijab), I used to roam around freely without the Islamic head covering.
I remember, my sister and I once picking a copy of “Modesty In Islam” book in the hospital while we were utterly bored in the waiting room. We both read it through and discussed the book for months! This lead us to some deep research mode. After finding all the answers we couldn’t even deny that the hijab is prescribed for women. Then, Ramadan knocked at our door!
It was the perfect timing. We were already convinced what we should do next and the blessed month of Ramadan gave us that final push Alhamdulillah. It was the first taraweeh that we were attending. We said our tasleem, my sister and I both looked at each other and said – LET’S DO IT!!
Our mother in full support said – I’ll join in as well. We didn’t go to the masjid with an intention of getting out of there as hijabis but there was something about that month, about that mosque, about that congregational prayer, about that recitation…that pulled us all into submission!
Alhamdulillah we never looked back after that! We went onto studying the Qur’an and Arabic more deeply. Today we are niqabis and run an Islamic lifestyle / parenting blog – something we would have never thought of 10-15 years ago.
Such is life – you never know subhaanAllah! 💜
True Hijab Story By: Samina Farooq, Blogger, Co-founder of Ayeina.