A month after I had taken my Shahada, I was going on job interviews to become a school librarian. I was hired to work in an urban elementary school starting in August (three months later).
I had always dressed modestly, but as I began my transition I was still wearing short sleeve shirts, short skirts, and no hijab. So outwardly you wouldn’t have been able to tell something had changed within me.
I seriously may have confused my coworkers as the end of the school year came and the temperature had heated up. I had started to cover my arms and legs up to my wrists and ankles, no longer exposing extra skin. A common question asked like “aren’t you hot in that?” It might be strange to some but, I find comfort in covering my skin. Yes during the summer I might be hot like everyone else. But, my faith in Allah gives me the strength to dress modestly and I have found many ways to still dress comfortably. I love this short article as another sister tells her journey to hijab.
I also had experimented with hijab but, was not quite ready to commit full-time. One day I had driven to work with the hijab on all the way into the school underground parking lot. I removed it in the car but, someone had seen me. They ran after and were concerned I was a threat to the school. After September 11th, the interpretation of Islam is very misrepresented which I had strongly seen from my research and education. I hope inshallah, (God willing), as I write about my journey I will help to open a door of understanding of the Islam as a peaceful and beautiful religion.