(Post previously published)
Wearing the hijab has never been something that I’ve felt obliged to do. It has never been forced upon me by my family but recently, I’ve started thinking further into it. The fact that I am 17 years old and am not doing something that is compulsory in my religion - is beyond me. I, myself don’t know the reason. I always told myself that it’s my choice. I would wear it ”When I’m ready” and when I would be a better Muslim in other aspects – like wearing more modest clothing and when I am consistent with my Salah. I then came across this picture, which made me realise that life is way too short to be relying on a future that may never come. A hijab is just one of the many stepping stones that I need to take. One of many. Maybe the first of many.
Now I just pray that I, and other girls in a similar position are guided to a better path in which we can wear a hijab - modestly, appropriately and for the right reasons - with the correct intentions. It should be worn to please Allah and not the people whom He created.