Happy Friday loves! This week we are sharing Blogger Daria Alasmar's response to the PFH Hijab Movement. She's a Russian woman living in Los Angeles and converted to Islam in 2015. She started wearing hijab in 2016 and was Inspired by how her entire life transformed. She set her goal to support and empower woman around the globe through her newly started Modest Fashion blog www.veilwithme.com. She's also starting her career as a covered model. Read below to see what she had to say about Hijab.
What does the hijab mean to you?
Although I reverted 2 years ago, I started fully covering my body less than a year ago. It was my own choice and I'm so grateful for taking this step, because hijab helped reveal my true identity. It became a symbol of modesty, an act of Faith, and a crown that empowers me. It constantly reminds me of Allah SWT. It helps my self-control and keeps me focused on my true goals in life. It's my inspiration and protectant, but it was not always like that. At first, I could not picture myself wearing hijab on a daily basis. It felt weird to be all covered up... Click here to read more.
What inspires you to wear the hijab?
My family and close friends know how stubborn and independent I am. Go ask! Nobody has ever told me to wear hijab, it’s my own decision. What inspired me is the state of serenity I feel every time I put my headscarf on and thesense that I'm doing the right thing.
I also like the fact that wherever I go, people see that I'm Muslim. I feel so happy and complete in my hijab that I want the whole world to know about my religion! Being very much into fashion, I think that hijab is extremely elegant as well. I respect my body, Alhamdulillah, and that's exactly why I choose to cover it. This type of dress gives me complete freedom. Now when people meet me they no longer get distracted by my exposed looks. They look straight into my eyes and I leave them no choice but to see my soul and that's what I call women power.
What advice do you have for those who are struggling with it?
My advice: forget what people say. Simply ask yourself: If all people are pleased with you but Allah is not, what have you gained? If Allah is pleased with you but no one else is, what have you lost? Always remember this: people did not create you, so it’s not them who has the right to judge you. Look at my example: I'm coming from an Orthodox Christian family, been wearing super short skirts and open bikinis until the age of 25! (Which is a 180 change to my current life) My parents don't really understand my choice, my old friends think that "I lost it". Do you think I care? No! Because I know that I'm doing the right thing and I'm doing it for the one and only Allah SWT. And His love and acceptance are the most important to me in the entire world. It's all about the priorities in this life. And as Muslims we should always put our Almighty creator as a #1. There's a Hadith where Allah says: "Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards me, I will run towards you." Subhan'Allah When you're doing what's right - the whole world around you becomes a better place. And people start adjusting, accepting and loving you for who you are. That's exactly what's happening to me. Alhamdulillah! Follow my Modest Fashion Blog www.veilwithme.com and my Instagram @VeilWithMe, Inshallah you'll find your inspiration there. I say: "Dress modestly - stay empowered!"❤ P.S: feel free to message me, I will gladly give you my support and advice. Much love, Daria
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