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How I left Hijab- Kiran Salim (QI 2015)

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Everybody tells the story of how they wore the hijab, let me tell you all how-

I LEFT the hijab!

I had always been inclined towards Deen a bit but when it was coupled up with a Daura e Quran and the right sort of friends, I had the courage to take up the hijab.

I was the first one to ‘cover up’ in my family and that too, at the age of 18..!! Everyone thought I was going a bit over board, limited knowledge of Islam but such strictness on hijab!!!??

It was not making sense….!! I had some issues in life also to which the answer was a lot of sujood and covering up. Then came the whole ordeal of marriage proposals. I refused to take off my hijab for the people coming to see me, and during that time came a proposal !14th July’2002 The last day of Reality Touch summer course, my diary preserves my statement.. “O, Allah I am expecting the best from You! What is coming my way seems to be the best, what is beneath expressions- I don’t know..!!”What came my way was Alhamdulillah the best thing that happened to me  which brought me to where I am today, but there was a whole pattern in it for me to realize the need for taufeeq in our life!I got engaged, happy and giddy the feeling blew me away, left behind were all my friends and also– my deen!

My husband’s family believes in giving freedom of choice and that worked out fine for me, leaving or wearing the hijab was entirely my choice.With the hijab now gone,  came such deviation that praying became a rare event! Kids and family then took over my life and Deen was put in a velvet cover on a shelf with my Quran for the ‘moments of need’!Now that I think back it scares me to death… If it could happen to me then it can happen to me now… I wonder how did I go wrong!! It came to dance parties and sleeveless clothes! Was I not thinking? I had the knowledge, if not of advance level but the basic one, I knew the right from wrong and there is no one to blame but my ownself…

How did I let myself be satisfied with one Daura-e- Quran?!! It was supposed to be a journey of life, how did this all happen… And now that I recollect it comes back to three things: being without Quran, being without a support group, and slow elimination of simple good deeds from my life!Little things like azkaar before sleeping, eating, etc. Now that I think of it, they make so much of a difference. They work like our spiritual immune system, feeding to our strength!And Quran… It is the only source that brings us back to track. There ‘IS’ no strength other than the divine one!Alhamdulillah Allah gave me another chance but are we sure that we’ll be so lucky the next time?There is no chances to take and no time to lose. The power is of here and now and Alhamdulillah for that!

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