A Letter for New Hijabis From Melanie & Your Supporters at Haute Hijab Academy
Melanie's Corner
Aug 27, 2022
Melanie Elturk
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Dear new hijabi … this letter is for you.
Welcome to the beautiful world of hijab, and congratulations! As you begin this new journey, take a moment to center yourself and set your intentions. Why are you wearing it? And most importantly, who are you wearing it for?
Our prayer for you is that you always, always center your intention around Allah (S). Wear hijab for Him, because He asked you to – not to please a family member or placate your community. Not to make a political statement, but because Allah (S) asked you to wear it to represent Islam and to be protected.
As you start the new school (or work) year, you may find yourself the only (or one of a few) hijabis in your school. Depending on the community you live in, the support you may (or may not) have around you, and your own state of mind, it may be fairly easy to continue on as you were – or you may face some hardships in your new journey.
My advice to you: Do not shrink yourself to make others around you feel more comfortable with your hijab. Wear it proudly and step into your power as a servant of God. He created you with your own talents and personality for a reason. Find your purpose and be tenacious in its pursuit.
Know your priorities and act accordingly. Do the inner work so that your soul is stable and unwavering no matter what’s thrown your way. Remember, despite what anyone may say, you are worthy because Allah (S) said so. Do not associate your strength and self worth with anything or anyone other than Him.
Get to know Him by learning His attributes. Seek out good friends who will remind you of Him, or at the very least do not pull you away from Him. When your understanding of Allah (S) grows, so will your trust and eventually, your love for Him and His commandments. I pray that this leads you to wear your hijab with so much pride to be a visible Muslim woman.
Beyond being a symbol of your faith, your hijab is also something you physically wear, so have some fun with it! Experiment with different fabrics and styles until you arrive on ones that you love. A great hijab can make all the difference when you step out – it can elevate your outfit, make you feel beautiful and confident, and be a form of self expression. Feeling bold? A lively print or bright color might be the one! Feeling cool and casual? Try a comfy jersey. Feeling smart and in charge? A power print or elevated neutral can help you assert your presence in the room.
If our hijab is harming or hurting us or is uncomfortable in any way, that simply means we’re doing it wrong. Allah (S) would never harm us and there is always a solution. Having the right foundational pieces and knowledge on how to wear it can make all the difference. At Haute Hijab, we work hard to create the best fabrics and hijab accessories for every occasion – so you don’t have to worry about anything! Just focus on yourself and your mission and let us do the rest.
Lastly, remember that you are human. Wearing hijab does not put you on a pedestal nor does it require you to be the epitome of perfection. Hijab is one of your stepping stones on your path to Allah (S). There will be amazing days, good days and some harder days, but you’ll always have Allah (S) to lean on, and you have an entire army of Muslim women here to support you. You are not alone.
We could not be prouder of you. Your hijab is your crown, and there is nothing you can’t do!
All our love,
Melanie and the Haute Hijab team ❤❤
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