My Hijab

Siham sports her hijab

Siham is an 8th grader in the Bronx, New York City. She speaks and writes in English and Arabic. If your first language is something other than English, practice it and don’t forget it. You’ll be glad you did!

Hi! My name is Siham Hussin. I am 14 years old and I am a Muslim. I love my religion. In my religion, I have to wear a headscarf called a hijab. I really like the hijab; I think it’s beautiful.  Sometimes when I’m going to school everyone looks at me because of my hijab. I really don’t care what people think about my hijab because I respect and treasure it.

Wearing a hijab in the Bronx, where there are more people who don’t wear it than people who do, is really hard, but since I’ve been wearing the hijab ever since I was seven years old I don’t mind wearing it. People ask me questions about it and I answer. Most people are nice but some can be really rude and judgmental. I will continue wearing the hijab and respecting my religion as long as I live.

The hardest part about wearing a hijab is when I’m in school. Kids often make fun of me, but I keep my head up and mind my business because I love my hijab.

أسلام عليكم انا اسمي سهام حسين وانا مسلمة آنا عمري اربعتعشر سنة وانا احب الإسلام. في الإسلام لزم المرآة تلبس الحجاب. الحجاب هو جميل جدًا وانا البسهُ الى المدرسة وخارج منها. الناس يُعجبو فيا لما يشوفوني لبسة الحجاب. باس انا لم يهمني الكلم التي يقول الناس لأن انا مسلمة.

لبس الحجاب في البرنكس هو صعب لأن الكثير الناس لن يلبسوهُ. انا بدأتُ البس الحجاب وعمري سبع سنين فالحجاب سهل جدًا. في ناس يسألوني عن الحجاب وبعض الناس طيبين وبعضهم خبيثين انا سألبس الحجاب لما اموت. أصعب أشي هو لبس الحجاب في المدرسة لأن الطلب لم يلبسوهُ في طُلِب يضحكو عليا وانا لم ازعل الهم رأسي وامسي واترك الكلم الفسيخ لأن انا أُحب الحجاب وسلمُ عليكم ورحمت الله وبركاتهة.

Siham's writing
Siham’s essay in Arabic

See also: Your Turn: Why Do You Wear a Headscarf?

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