Check out this piece on Oprah.com about a woman who is torn between letting her young girl wear hijab.
She compared her child in a hijab to one with disabilities (page 2). Seriously?
I like the author’s view on this matter. She is not a muslim, but she has a commitment with her husband Ismail to let their children choose their future. That includes Aliya’s choice to wear hijab.
Hijab is liberating in some ways and protecting at the same time, even a young girl understands that. That’s what I thought after reading Krista’s article.
* Thanks, Mariam. I’ll be your loyal reader from now on (just found this site).
Stephanie I think she was saying she could almost feel like what it would be to have a child with a disability because of the the types of looks/comments that people get when they are perceived as “different”.
Dina thanks I’m glad you stopped by!
That was a really wonderfully written article. I’m impressed that she is willing to share both her pride and apprehension regarding her daughter’s choice. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for posting this beautifully written article. I think she manifests some of the ambivalence I know I certainly feel or have felt in the past towards hijab but wear it anyway!
One of the things that I have always felt rather strongly about is that hijab should be reserved for girls over the age of puberty – you know, because that’s really what is prescribed, religiously. I have to admit that I feel a little weird when I see a four year-old dressed in hijab because I feel like the parents are overly worried about her sexuality at a young age – hijab is, for many people, about being modest with your goods.
But this is a fourth-grade girl who chooses hijab for herself. The key here is choice, obviously.
Not that anyone here is disputing that. I’m just rambling because it’s such a fascinating idea to me.
great article. thanks for sharing. i love the last paragraph the best. kinda got me teary eyed.
Great article. That little girl is far more courageous than I will ever be (I’m 33!).
Wow! Great story! Thanks for sharing!
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