Why do I wear hijab?

My Hijab is my choice! But Why do I wear hijab? I was a model and I used to wear very short skits and I loved them…

Editorial from the director of the Blog -Cinzia Aicha Rodolfi-

Here there are 3 different answers, just to begin, but not all the answers, cause the argument is so huge, so deep indeed. We will speak a lot inside the blog.

  1. Answer=

Going straight to the point, wearing the veil obeying to a Divine religious teaching is the purpose of our choice.

We know that the Creator decides what is right for His creatures; therefore, we listen to Him to take advantage, as in obedience there is a wisdom of the individual who prefers to improve and preserve him/herself from any harm.

Allah didn’t ask us to wear the veil in vain, but for specific reasons which are clearly important and useful for us and the society. We can analyse all of them (and we will do so), but now I would like to tell you what gives me the strength to wake up every morning, desiring to wear my favourite veil and going out amongst people here in Italy. It is something unique so I’m easily noticeable. I don’t hide myself with the veil, instead I am a visible witness.

The Coranic verse says: “O Prophet, tell your wives, your daughters and the believing women to draw a part of their outer coverings around them. It is more likely that they will be recognised and not molested” (33:59). Indeed, I understood the meaning of this verse with love only after some years that I started wearing my hijab.

Everything starts from the growing love towards the Creator and for the religion He wanted to give us with the last Messenger (PBUH). With this spiritual maturity, I have gained self-esteem as a Muslim woman, privileged by His bounty and illuminated towards my belief. I am so proud of my identity and it is so implicit for me to make Him happy, that I am not only thinking at the practical side of the religion, at modesty and at other characteristics, but on the fact that I do not pass unnoticed and my veil is an explicit flag.

In the moment that I present myself in public, even if is only one person, the first thing that I portray of myself without talking is: “I am Muslim, glory be to God!” As a matter of fact, people see I am Muslim and I glorify him, because I wear what He asks me to, even in Italy. This is not a form of arrogance, but of witness. An explicit declaration that I am His slave and of no one else, a request to be considered as such, before being Italian, a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend, a manager etc.

If a Muslim man sees me, I am giving him the message that: “I am clearly your sister in the Deen and you should know how I wanted to be treated.” Instead, if I have a non-Muslim man in front of me, he should know that I kindly want to be treated with modesty and respect if he desires to have a relationship with me. As if he has a Nun in front of him.

If in front of me I have a Muslim woman, she knows that I am her sister in the Deen and that she can trust me, same applies if I meet a non-Muslim woman.

In Italy, everyone knows that there is no need to wear the veil if you are not really a serve of the Creator. I am not a saint, but I would like to let you know my first interest is to avoid sins as much as possible with my actions and with my words.

What a Muslim woman expresses by wearing the veil is an infinity of things. Imagine, how wonderful, a simple veil expresses so much about me, even if I remain silent.

  1. Second answer=

Initially, after my conversion, I used to wear the veil only to pray. The first times I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror, I thought I looked like a witch, but later it happened that I would spend more and more time in front of the mirror to fix myself. Sometimes, (don’t say it to others) I could take five minutes to wear it, with the brooches, knots with the long fabric and at the end, I would be very happy on how I put my veil on. I admired myself at the mirror before praying and I loved the new me. It was like that simple veil could change my mood; wearing it and pray with it made me happy, it was a new identity. When I finished to pray, I would always take it off, the same pink veil and I would hang it behind my bedroom’s door with the long dress.

For a while I remained puzzled, because it was like I was stripping myself of what I loved so profoundly. It’s not the veil per se, but what I’ve become. Certainly, my modesty was changing, I’ve already mentioned that; plus, the image I had of myself was no more complete without the pink veil.

I tried to wear scarfs made of pashmina (a fine type of cashmere wool) that I had at home. It was a great joy to see my face framed in it, like it was protecting it, but the most particular thing is that what you wear on your head (like in every culture and religion) augments the perception that one holds regarding spirituality and enable us to maintain a stronger relationship with the Divine.

The veil in every spirituality is synonym of submission to the essence of the Divine and for long it has recalled repentance, humility as a human being and awareness of the limits regarding the power of the Invisible.

When your spirituality grows, in direct proportion of the joy you feel deep in the heart, there’s a raising desire to defend that warmth that invades everywhere in your body. Wearing the veil, lengthen the dresses, let the sleeves down till the wrists become actions of safety from our evil souls, striving to become better.

  1. Third Answer=

I personally thought to have said everything on the hijab, but I discover that with this topic (like many others of divine teachings), you can never say enough. Maybe the reason is that the human mind can understand things profoundly and in a detailed way when it distances itself. This happens in the perseverance of prayers, which enable mankind to harmonise with what’s around.

Mankind’s liberation is tied to the purification of its soul from its negative characteristics. In a man, there are three components: the mind, the soul and the body, each one of them with its own need. All are important: you can’t live only with your soul, but also you need to be satisfied with the pleasure of the flesh in a correct and balanced way and being able to reflect without letting the mind deceive you from the context.

As I mentioned in other articles, the veil is a “practical help for us”, because it wraps metaphorically our instincts, compress them and immobilise them. The veil is in contact with the thinking part of our body, which has the habit of ‘telling itself’ every plausible reason to stray from the correct behaviour. It is the head that gets angry and decides to act in an inopportune way; it is the head that as a thinking entity firstly and speaking secondly sends impulses to the body to act. It is the brains that drives every action.“

Often, even men wear a hat during moments of worship, during moments where the dress should demonstrate to others that there’s an individual who wants to go near the Divine and in respect of humility. Then this act is elaborated and sent to our hearts.

All of this is to confirm that wearing the veil is not only modesty towards the external world and strangers, it is not only a form of respect towards ourselves and those around us, but little by little, practicing with perseverance, it becomes an instrument to depart from our arrogant nature.

The veil that “hides” the woman, sometimes totally, in reality can help to hide much more: this more esoteric meaning refers to mystical areas, but it helps in daily life too especially in a dissipated society running towards different goals, often forgetting, unfortunately, to protect one’s soul and to behave head and body.

To conclude, in my first years being a Muslim I didn’t wear the veil and I’ve personally gained a great benefit when I decided to change my attire. I am here to propose ideas, challenges, motivations and experiences, all this starting from a real-life experience, trying to motivate those who have desire to do so or to quieten the profound curiosity of those who want to understand the reasons behind what has been said.

STAY wuth us and we will speak again a lot about this argument we love so much. Stay tuned

Fi amani ALlah

Cinzia Aicha

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