A lot of you have probably gathered from my photo that I am a Muslim.
I converted to Islam about 4 years ago but have not always worn the hijab (head scarf that covers my hair). Since I started wearing the hijab I have found that people don’t actually know much about it. For this post I wanted to share some of the questions that friends and family (and in some cases, complete strangers) have asked me. Get ready for a giggle, I have directly been asked each and every one of these questions at least once haha.
Q1 Do you wear it in the shower and/or to bed?
A No, I only wear my hijab if I am around men other than my husband or immediate family members. For example, I will pop it on if I am going out or if my husbands friends are coming over to our house to visit. I do not wear it in front of my brothers, my dad or my grandfather.
Q2 Aren’t you hot?!
A If you’re hot then of course I am hot, haha. When its hot I choose to wear thinner 100% cotton hijab just like you would opt for cotton clothing in the summer, I never put my health at risk so I can wear my hijab.
Q3 Did your husband MAKE you wear it?
A No, he did not, quite the opposite really. When I first told him I wanted to wear hijab he was hesitant because he was worried about how people would treat me and how that would effect me.
Q4 Can you hear anything?
A OFCOURSE I CAN! Lol I am wearing a piece of cotton not a helmet made of sound proof plastic!
Q5 How do you talk on the phone?
A I swipe to answer the call and then I place the phone against my ear or alternatively I wear handsfree headphones. Like I’ve mentioned it is just a piece of cotton on my head. On a side note if I slide my phone into my hijab over my ear, my hijab actually holds it in place – it is like in built handsfree haha.
Q6 Is it offensive if a non muslim wears hijab?
A Not at all, providing you are not doing it with ill intentions. In fact if anyone does want to try it on for a day holla at your girl (me, obis). I would be more than happy to let you use my bits and pieces, after all I practically have enough hijabs that I could wear a different one everyday for a year!
Q7 Do you speak English?
A Whenever I get asked this question (by complete strangers with the intent of being rude or derogatory) I put on my most bogan Aussie accent and say “YEAH MATE, IM AUSTRAYAN!”.
Q8 Why don’t you just take it off and be normal?
A Am I not normal?! I mean I’m probably not, I do have an out of this world obsession with stationery. Regardless of whether my hijab is on or off I am still at the same level of “normal”. Secondly, I don’t take it off because I don’t want to – I feel like my hijab is part of who I am, it is part of my identity.
Q9 Are you oppressed?
A I don’t feel oppressed by my hijab because it was my personal decision to wear it. What makes me feel oppressed is when people treat me differently because of a piece of cloth that happens to cover my hair.
Q10 Will you MAKE your daughters wear it?
A NO, both my husband and I (it is a parenting decision therefore I believe it is a joint decision between the both of us) are united in the fact that wearing hijab is a personal decision. If our daughters want to wear it then power to them but if they don’t that is totally fine as well. With or without a hijab our girls are the most beautiful gifts we have ever received.
I hope you enjoyed my post and had a bit of a giggle. If you have a genuine question that you would like to ask me please add them to the comments below and I will do my best to answer it or if you would prefer you can private message me on my Facebook page.