I started wearing hijab at the age of 21. In my quest to become a “better Muslim”, I began reading the English translation of the Qur’an, where I came across a verse in which women are told “to wrap their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment” except to women, children and male relatives they cannot marry.
Based on this verse, as well as other Islamic texts, the majority of Islamic scholars define the hijab as a loose-fitting, nontransparent clothing that covers the entire body apart from the face, legs and arms.
And so, on a Friday morning 18 years ago I donned a maroon headscarf and a long dress, and made my way to my best friend’s house, where she excitedly shouted to her mother and sister to come and have a look at me.
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