Lately I got asked a lot what were my experiences after the new president came.
Well in this post I’m going to tell you what I’ve been through. When I first heard that new president is coming, and when I heard his ideas towards Muslims, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that one person like that could be allowed to be president. But then I heard some of his other ideas, and some of them make sense, but generally I thought he cannot be new president. After he was chosen I was even more shocked. And even more when I saw he won in Texas. But then, it was obvious, because here people are mostly conservative and he is coming from conservative party.
Then I was just praying that nothing of the things he said is not going to happen. There are lots of politicians saying one thing and doing another. I was praying he’s now one of them. But then he made this huge ban for seven Muslim countries. That was a first time I really felt fear. I’m not coming from any of these countries, nether my husband does, but just thinking about all those Muslims who are not able to see their families, or if they were visiting them and can’t come back, made me so sad and frustrated. After this ban happened I was scared about people’s reactions here in States.
But I was positively surprised. I never expected this kind of support and encouragement. In each city, small and big, there were protests against this ban. I went to one protest, here in CS, TX. And people there were coming to me, asking for hug. Saying you’re welcomed here. And there were more non-Muslims than Muslims. And that my heart filed with warmth. There are still good people in this world. They stand with us, fight with us. And that means a lot.
After this ban, I was scared people might become more aggressive towards us, they might agree with their president and want us gone. Especially after that one mosque here in Texas was burned. But nothing of it happened. Contrary, people are more kind and more respectful than ever. After this, they just became more interested in us, trying to learn more about us. And that all gives a hope.
I was never ashamed of my hijab. I was always proud of it. Now even more, when people see you’re fighting for something and you’re standing on the ground for things you believe in, they will also support you. And they will be there to fight with you too. And we’re grateful for people like that.
I just wish that people read more and learn more about Muslims and hijab. We’re just like you, we laugh, cry, have families, we love others and just above everything we love Allah, One and the Only God. I am just like any other women, I like to look nice, I like fashion, make up, jewelry, shopping and more. It’s just that I am combining my hijab with all that. And by hijab I don’t mean just headscarf, I mean full body coverage clothes and behavior that flows it. Modesty is our key. Hijab is who we am, and it will always be part of our identity.