Message From ICNA Sisters President, Sumaira Afzal
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
So, the hijab represents a set of codes that we, Muslim women (and men), follow that regulate our day-to-day life. These codes are an embodiment of modesty and morality: it is a combination of how we represent ourselves, behave, speak, and treat others.
For me, wearing the hijab is something that is extremely personal, yet it is the most visible and the very first thing people see about me. It’s a reminder to myself that my hijab isn’t just what I’m wearing—it’s also what I do, what I say, how I interact with people. It reminds me that every day, I am lucky to be able to choose to wear something that outwardly represents my morality, modesty, and my pride in being a Muslim woman. My hijab does not restrict me or puts limitations on my ability to achieve my goals instead it empowers me, it gives me strength. I have complete belief that my Lord Allah SWT is guiding me to how I show myself to the world. My hijab serves as a constant motivator to try to break the associated stereotypes whenever I can.
In a narration of Sahih Muslim: Messenger of Allah SAW said, "All of modesty is good."
The hijab gives us strength to act according to the boundaries prescribed by Allah SWT. It is a constant reminder for us on the type of life we want to lead, it gives us direction, it helps us to stay the course and focus on the ‘Straight Path’.