Today I wore an Islamic headscarf, didn’t kiss my boyfriend, didn’t eat pork, washed my face in the morning, woke up at 5 am, and didn’t make eye contact with men (Except for once, which I will explain later).
Woke up at 5am. Two minutes of meditative silence. Promptly fell back asleep. Woke up again at 6, washed face and started day.
M.W. asked about my scarf. I told her of its importance, and she commended me for wearing it. My boyfriend is being surprisingly patient with me, since I only see him once a day as it is, and for the past three days he didn’t kiss me even then.
First Period – English
No comments about scarf. Everyone must be used to it by now.
Second Period – Stress Management
C.K., the same girl who called out my name yesterday in class, finally asked me about the scarf. She said it was cool and continued on with her day.
Third Period – Study Hall
Sat alone. Ignored all period.
Fourth Period – Lunch
Mrs. K told me to take my “hat” off. I didn’t bother, since I have permission from Mr. M. Mr. C pulled me aside to ask me what the head scarf was for, very nicely. He showed genuine interest.
When I got back to my table, everyone wanted to know if he had been yelling at me, or told me to take it off because that would be stupid and discriminatory. I told them he just wanted to know what it was about.
M.G. felt awkward when I would stare at his chin instead of his eyes.
Fifth/Sixth Period – Chemistry
Yet again, Mr. P didn’t ask about my head scarf.
Seventh/Eighth Period – Pre-Calculus Honors
Ninth Period – Art
T.U. wore a sweater that said “COCKS” on it in huge letters with a rooster underneath it. He claims it’s a sports team. Since I couldn’t look at his face, I spent most of the period laughing at his sweater. He tried making funny faces again, but I still didn’t look at him. B. imitated him so I could see.
Tenth Period – Choir
I accidentally looked B.C. in the eyes. I immediately looked away. He’s the only guy I see the entire day who’s the same height as me, so he caught me off guard. However, it was just a little mistake, so I’m not counting it as breaking Islamic tradition.
While walking home, it was really windy. So windy, in fact, that I had to look down and hold onto my head scarf in order to keep it from flying off. While looking down, I spotted a penny I would have otherwise overlooked. Call it dumb luck, a sign, a miracle, what have you. But I’m keeping that penny.
I feel kind of sad to take off my head scarf. These past three days have been so eye opening for me. I want to thank everyone who supported me.
A lot of people I barely know have been calling me brave. All I did was buy a $15 head scarf from Target, wear it for three days, and follow a few Islamic traditions along the way. I really wish I could say I did more, but I didn’t really. I got a plan and stuck to it for only three days. Any one of you could do that and more. And I hope you will, too.
Thanks and maʿa as-salāmah!