“I decided to wear the hijab to my school. Personally, I’m Christian, which many of my friends are aware of. On the first day of wearing a hijab, when I walked into Calculus class, a boy immediately exclaims “Woah” as he notices what I am wearing. I walk past him, ignoring his reaction.”

I decided to wear the Hijab to my school – which has a relatively diverse student population, but certainly has a distinct affluent white group. Personally, I am Christian, which many of my friends are aware of. Therefore when I came to school wearing a Hijab, many were surprised, but thankfully not judgmental.
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On the first day of wearing a Hijab, when I walked into Calculus class, a boy immediately exclaims “Woah” as he notices what I am wearing. He tries to continue, saying “What is…” but stops short as I walk past him, ignoring his reaction.
Other than the reaction from this boy, no one appeared to have a negative reaction to my Hijab. In fact, few people actually asked me why I wore a Hijab, although I am certain they noticed and were curious about the change. Two or three teachers who are more vocal and who I am more comfortable with did ask or comment respectfully, but nothing occurred outside of that.
To my surprise, I received support from a friend who I didn’t realize was raised Muslim when my Hijab began to slide down and show my hair. A few other Muslim friends were very encouraging as well.

Initially, I found wearing a Hijab somewhat uncomfortable – I had wrapped it too tight, and my peripheral vision was covered. But as the week continued, I found wearing the Hijab gave a sense of protection, as well as warmth. These past few days have given me a different view of Islam, and especially in a society which I find often condemns Islamic practices, I know I will be a sure advocate for social acceptance and awareness.

7 comments to “I decided to wear the hijab to my school. Personally, I’m Christian, which many of my friends are aware of. On the first day of wearing a hijab, when I walked into Calculus class, a boy immediately exclaims “Woah” as he notices what I am wearing. I walk past him, ignoring his reaction.”

  • Salman Moyeen  says:

    May God always guide you to the right path.

  • Aisha  says:

    Touching story… May God bless you

  • DrAmna Adeel  says:

    May Allah give u more strength ahead.

  • Rubaba Mmahajia Rahma Sabtiu  says:

    Ameen. That was a bold step sis…

  • Krissa  says:

    As a Christian Teen who covers with a tichel, I always enjoy reading stories of other teens who cover. Sisterhood through covering! God bless you!

  • Terri the American  says:

    here’s a challenge —give me your hijah for a day and you got without it. Can’t do that then you don’t want tolerance–you want terrorism!
    You will never understand freedom and rights for women. Your Hijah is s symbol of slavery and subjugation which you will never understand because you don’t want to. You want everyone to bend to your beliefs—but you are unwilling to denounce Jihad and other terrorist activities by YOUR PEOPLE. If you don’t like it here go back to the war torn country of your choice in the middle east—and you male relatives I’m sure could get a good price for you!

    • Barbarra  says:

      1. This young lady is a Christian. I personally wear a hijab as a Christian as well. The topic of whether head coverings are obligatory or not, in Christianity, is a very debated topic, especially in recent years as more women are deciding to cover. Also, she never told anyone to wear her hijab, and she used to not wear one, being the reason for the surprise from the boy in her calculus class.

      2. You are extremely prejudice against another person’s belief. She doesn’t condemn you for yours, so why condemn hers? Also, she is not supporting jihad as jihad is something completely different from hijab and they have nothing to do with each other. Also, only in certain areas, which she definitely does not live in, force women to wear hijab, and it’s not very common because many Muslims believe it is interpretation and a choice in the Quran. Hijab is a form of modesty not oppression nor terrorism.

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