I’m sure many sisters think this to themselves, not just about the niqab, but about hijab (khimar) or jilbab.
Regarding this excuse (I know it sounds harsh to call it an excuse, but that is really what it is if we are honest with ourselves), I will quote what one of my mentors said to me. “If you are waiting for a day when your parents to be okay with the niqab, that day won’t come.” What she meant was, if you are waiting for a day when your parents will, for no apparent reason, wake up and announce to you that they would like it if you wore the niqab, then you’re living in a fantasy. And she was right, that day never came, and alhamdulillah that I did not wait long for it. And for the majority of sisters living in the West, that day will not come.
So what I would like to say to the sisters with this excuse is this: your parents worry about you and want what’s best for you, so that is usually a part of why they will try to discourage the niqab. I said usually. There are often other issues involved. For example, they may not say it, but it is likely that they are afraid of what friends and family may think. But I digress.
So instead of busying your mind with the hundred possible reasons you shouldn’t wear it, focus on the few simple and powerful reasons you should wear it. Wallahi, wearing niqab was one of the best decisions I made in my life. And in terms of making a decision to get closer to Allah swt, this has been, and continues to be, one of the most successful ways. If you are waiting for a day when the whole world will be accepting of you, that day will never come. There will never be a time when you are safe from the evil tongues of mankind. They even say evil things about their Lord, subhanahu, so what makes us think we will be exempt?
If you want your family to be accepting of you, and they currently dislike the niqab, then you simply have to hold fast to it. Be firm upon it, and make dua for Allah swt to turn your family’s heart. He has turned my family’s hearts, surely He is the Controller of the Hearts. And if you feel any doubt (perhaps thinking that my situation was just not that bad and as we all say “no one has it as bad as I do”), allow me to remove the doubt: I used to fear for myself when going home, after wearing the niqab. My family was very against it in the beginning. I would dread returning home after a day at the College. But every day that I entered, afraid, it was like I was seeing the intervention of Allah swt before my eyes. Everyone would be busy in their own affairs, and no one was reacting to the new cloth that hung from my neck as I entered. And now, the same parents who protested against the niqab, are proud of me. Even when they don’t say it, I know they are proud. You know, parents spend thousands of dollars in order to send their children to Islamic school, not because they want their child to be righteous, but simply in order to keep their daughters away from boys and their sons away from the girls. It’s much more of a cultural thing than a religious thing, but I digress. Parents spend thousands in order to ensure that their daughters will not talk to boys, but my parents’ daughter chose to close the door to boys on her own. I know they are proud… but I was never really aiming for that, nor did I expect it. And I mention it only to show you how much can change, if you only take the steps, and leave the rest to Allah swt.
Had I sat around and waited for them to be okay with the niqab on their own, I would still be walking around with my face uncovered to this day. It was only after I wore it, and then kept it on, consistently, walillahil hamd, that they begrudgingly accepted it, then slowly they began to see the bright side of it. Strange women will come up to my mom and praise me in front of her, and she’ll politely thank them. I come home safely every night, alhamdulillah. My character has improved, alhamdulillah. It’s difficult after all of that, for them to stay angry with me. Allah swt makes the people love to see obedience to Him, they love to see signs of imaan. It’s a fact. It’s true for strangers and for family members. Deep down, they like to see that obedience to Allah, although on the surface they will show resistance, because they do not wanted to be reminded of their own sins and shortcomings. Overlook what they show you on the surface, it doesn’t concern you… it really has nothing to do with you at all.
I have many examples of how my family has changed. Were I to sit and compare today with years ago, when I first announced that I wanted to wear niqab, I would spend a long time doing just that. And I could write a really long post about it, possibly boring a few of you (lol), so I’ll just mention a few examples.
My brother – Years ago, when I first decided to wear it, and had just started wearing it for perhaps a few weeks, he sat with me and debated with me for hours regarding the niqab. He was very annoyed and couldn’t understand why I was doing this. Today, however, if he brings any friends home, he will yell up the stairs to let me know they’re here, so that I do not come in front of them unexpectedly. And when an airport official asked me to uncover my face in order to identify me, after we walked away, my brother bitterly called that official a “jerk.” “No one else asked you to uncover,” he said, irritated with the man.
My father – He was most opposed to the niqab in the beginning. His reaction was one of pure anger; even I was scared. This was years ago. Today, however, we had a non-mahram male over, and I was in a room with my face uncovered. My dad came in, and gestured to me, and I knew that the non-mahram was about to enter, so I covered and left.
My mother – Years ago, when I first began to wear it, it must have been my second day wearing it, she saw me fixing it in the mirror. “I change my mind, I don’t want you to wear it anymore,” she said. But I was no longer waiting for permission at that point. Ignoring the knot in my stomach, I responded calmly “I’m wearing it,” and left for class. Today, if there is a non-mahram male in the house, she will tell me and give me a fore-warning. I once almost came in front of man, while following her into the kitchen. She quickly turned on her heels and gave me a look “Go back, there’s someone here.”
So why are you afraid? If you take such a step towards Allah swt, why do you not trust that He will protect you every step of the way? Why do you not trust that He will mend all of your affairs? He continues to support you from every angle, and you continue to doubt and be a skeptic.
The higher your imaan, the more difficult your tests…but the closer you will feel to Allah swt, and that will make it all bearable…trust Him.
Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise.
Surah At Tawbah, ayah 111
No one said it was going to be easy…but they said it’ll all be worth it.
#1 by ommalmuqarraboon on June 8, 2012 - 11:00 pm
Stay tuned for Part 2: I Will Wear it When…I Get Married
#2 by Umm Sulaym on June 9, 2012 - 1:13 am
There’s a lot that could be said about this topic but I’ll just say one thing as a reminder to myself and others and that is, Divine Assistance (taufeeq) to do anything good only comes after a believer takes the 1st initial step…which is the hardest yet the sweetest for it takes your Eeman to a whole new level subhanAllah. May Allah SWT make us the most modest, pure, chaste women of all generations just like Maryam AS. May our modesty extend to not only our clothing but our mannerisms, speech, mind and all aspects of our character such that we are known amongst the best of Angels in the Heavens due His constant Mention of us to them. Ameen!
JazakiAllahu khayran for the wonderful reminder sis! :)
I pray that Al-Wahhab gifts you with His most precious gifts of dunia & Akhirah. Ameen.
#3 by ommalmuqarraboon on June 14, 2012 - 11:28 pm
Ameen! wa iyyaki <3 I appreciate the thought you give to your comments sis, I often feel like adding a footnote into the original post, directing all readers to your comments because you mention things that need to be mentioned :)
And I agree, there is a whole lot that can be said on this topic, subhanAllah.
P.S. If you ever want to share more, I would be honored to post it here :)
#4 by gladtidingasabirin on June 14, 2012 - 3:00 pm
Subhanallah I can completely relate to this even though I am completely new to the niqab, it so true I had the same idea when I get married I will wear it, but I took a big leap and just decided, alhamdulillah Allah makes some of the things you perceive will be difficult easy, the journey to jannah is not an easy ride but may allah grant it to us. Wonderful post sis.
#5 by ommalmuqarraboon on June 14, 2012 - 11:25 pm
Jazakiallahu khair sis, I am happy to hear that it was of benefit, and also happy to hear that it is going well for you. May Allah swt grant you sincerity and firmness in this. Ameen
The beginning may be more rocky for some because you are still sort of establishing yourself, but the more you stick to it, the easier it will get inshaAllah. It will eventually come to a point where everyone accepts it, and no one’s stopping you, so when that point comes, be grateful, continue on, and don’t look back.
If you ever need anything, you know where to find me :)
#6 by gladtidingasabirin on June 19, 2012 - 11:30 am
Jazakhallah khair sis, insha’Allah I will do :).
#7 by asister on August 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm
i though the same thing, when i get married i will wear it, or when im financially independent and the last excuse was i need gloves and so i got gloves from my neighbour then i worn it. By time people will assure u ”its only sunnah” and ”its not fardh”,and some people i sometimes wopnder if the only socially ok thing to do that is mustahab is the supereogatory prayers..
#8 by almuqarraboon on August 10, 2014 - 9:50 pm
It may be fardh or sunnah, I don’t know and I think most sisters who wear it aren’t too concerned with the ruling, they just love and want to wear the niqab. Make your dress a decision that you make, whether to wear it or not, and forget about what others have to say about it.
#9 by ummahbags on June 16, 2016 - 4:48 pm
Assalaam alaykum warahmatuLlah wabarakatuH …I really pray Allah makes the journey an easy one..For me,I just started mine…a day before Ramadan started and today is 10th. Before now,I sincerely haven’t given the niqab thoughts.I admired those who wore it,they always looked beautiful but I just never imagined me wearing it.Coupled with the fact that my parents were initially against me when I started using the jilbab,so I just didn’t think about the niqab.. When my friends and I joked about why we weren’t using it..the reply was short…My mummy will kill me.
Fast forward to last month…I got married and it just came to my mind.As much as I tried to push the thought away it kept coming back..plus I had a heart talk with a friend about the niqab and I told her frankly that the jilbab stops you from doing so many things…d niqab would really cut you off…and I wasn’t ready for it..But AlhamduliLlah Allah gave me strength I decided to take that decision…11 days ago and I just keep begging Allah I dont want to go back on it. I love it and feel so comfortable outside with it…except that it gets into my eyes sometimes.I beg Allah to make it constant…
And the reason for this epistle….. my mum came by today and saw me with it…she told me I disappointed her I felt bad…..she hadn’t picked my call since…I found this blog when I was looking for a way to raise my spirits after crying ….
May Allah reward u…av found it inspiring..jazzaakumullahu khyran
#10 by khaltoummibraheem on April 17, 2017 - 3:38 pm
But isnt it more important to obey your parents then wear niqaab which is most likely worn as a sunnah in the west??