Alhumdulillah, I have raised a son and a daughter, who are Hijabis. “A son?” you ask in shock! Yes, a son… Hijab literally means ‘barrier’, and there is the command for both men and women to be modest and cover; yet, we tend to focus only on our daughters.
Allah commands us: “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al-Ahzab 33:59)
Living in a country, where most people have misconceptions about women in Hijab – that they are oppressed and are forced to wear it; that they are very strict and have no voice; that they are uneducated or inactive, the list goes on – it is hard to introduce or normalize Hijab to our kids. We must speak the language our kids speak, in order to teach them about Hijab.
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