I converted using youtube back in Decemeber 2013 but just the other day I went to the Mosque for the first time and restated my Shahada. In the mean time of these few months, my son and I moved in with my mother, which I grew up not talking religion even though my parents where Christians. My mother asked me to NOT wear my hijab in her house. So out of respect I didn’t. I also live in a town of only 400 people that are retired and old school. My mother works on Sundays, and that was my day to wear hijab in the house to get used to the feel. Well, one day while my mom was at work at the gift shop, I decided to get hijab on and go to the gift shop to see what they had for scarfs. Now this is my first time in public with hijab on also. My mother just kind of looked at me and left it alone.
A few weeks went by and I decided to play dress up. I would put an outfit on, my hijab on and then proceeded to go ask my mother for her opinion if my hijab matched my clothes. This to me was the start of trying to get her to accept even just my hijab. She said I actually looked beautiful.
One day my mother asked me to ride with her to pick up my nephews and I said sure, just let me go and put my hijab on. She never once told me no. While on our way, she looked at me and said, “I can’t believe you actually wear that out in public”, I turned and looked at her saying, “Mom, to be very honest with you, not only am I wearing my hijab because Allah said we should be modest, but I feel very proud and happy when I’m wearing it”. That was the last she stated about it.
Alhamdulillah, I don’t leave my house now without my hijab. Not only is it step by step for people learning of Islam but it’s also step by step for family and friends. I am the type of person that doesn’t care what others think of the way I’m dressed so I just go for it. And I love being the only Muslim in a 30 mile radiance.
People will judge whoever they want, whether you are Muslim, black, gay, or even purple, but we as Muslims need to not judge them back cause it’s only God’s job to judge.