Beauty and Hijab: Sveto
I met Sveto via email. She had been referred to me by a fellow student in Kabul, another woman I'd been working with. She sent me this piece, which was a different perspective on a story Zahra, an Afghan refugee I met through Afghan Women's Writing Project, had sent me this summer.
Beauty in Hijab
I am telling you a secret, A secret of wearing hijab "Shhhhh shhhhhhh" Keep your mouth close and Just know that
Hijab is not a symbol of oppression; it's a symbol of obsession. It's a symbol of love, faith and honesty. When a girl wears a hijab, She is judged, threatened and abused. Why? Why this should happen?
Whereas hijab is a symbol of beauty. It's a symbol of peace. A girl sees a hijab as her beauty. Beauty in faith, Beauty in honesty, Beauty in integrity, Beauty in virtuousness.
Yes, all these quality are in ONE! In one…and we call it hijab.
We choose to wear the beauty And who are you to judge?
Hijab is like a small room A believing woman hiding her beauty inside it, Sees her beauty inside it. Hijab is a symbol of beauty. A symbol of beauty of a Muslimah (a Muslim woman) Spends her days and nights obeying Allah Wearing hijab to hide her beauty From the evil eyes And she does it only because she Sees the beauty in hijab.
Those sisters who see the beauty in Their hijabs, They always wear it, They always obey that symbol of beauty, That symbol of decency, That symbol of chastity.
Why the world should judge those Wearing hijabs? Why? We, Muslimahs, just need a simple explanation, Why can't they see the beauties lying in Our hijabs?
The hijab - a symbol of beauty- Is only seen to those Muslims Who truly see the beauty in it, Who know what it really feels Wearing a hijab and Feeling protected, Feeling beautiful, Feeling calm, Feeling respectful.
We, Muslimahs, see the beauty in hijab, The beauty of hijab is indescribable, It is difficult to explain, It needs to be felt, not written, It means to be understood, And It requires love, Faith and honesty.
Hijab is a symbol of beauty, We choose to wear that beauty Every single day Every single night We choose to wear it And we are proud of it!
Hijab is our choice! Hijab is our pride! Hijab is our beauty!
In my home country, Afghanistan, hundreds of people are murdered daily. There is war going on in some of the provinces. This has brought a lot of damages in people’s lives; however, we are never losing hope. Seeing Afghan people having sincere faith in Allah, helping each other no matter what the circumstances are, always supporting each other during thick and thin, staying hungry together, spending sleepless nights out of fear together makes realize the true definition of beauty.
Yes, it is beautiful. This is exactly what is my own definition of beauty: never losing hope, enjoying every moment in your life and spending your day, as it is your last. Hugging each other as if it is your last hug, helping each other like you would never have a chance to do so again, cleaning your heart from all the hatred towards people, and realizing that this world is going to end anyway, then why should hatred exist at all? Why? Why don’t we just switch our mindset of ‘hatred’ to discovering ‘beauty’?
I have a different perspective of the concept of beauty. And that particularly can be found in almost everything, in every minor thing, but the main point is that we need to have a desirable vision in order to see and simultaneously feel it. I see the beauty in the child’s loud laughter, in the silent drops of the rain, in the sincere hug of my grandmother, in the beautiful sky filled with the shining stars in the midnight…
I see the beauty in watching the birds flying in a group together and united. I see the beauty in a heart touching recitation of the Holy Quran, making people cry not even knowing a single word of it. The beauty is seeing different people around the world helping each other without any discrimination against color, gender, religion and age.
It is the right time to learn to see beauties in every minor thing; it can be anything that makes us cheerful. Look around and see how fascinating is the world around us. Look at the sky; the beautiful picture of it makes us realize how wonderful is living in this world.
Beauty is eternal. Let’s make this world a better place to live in by concentrating on the context of beauty. Be happy on small things, have faith, love each other, see beauty in each other’s smiles and support each other on difficult times, this is indeed beautiful!!! If a person will try to see beauty in every minor thing in his/her life, he would be grateful for every small thing happening in his life.