You Know You’re A Hijabi/Niqabi if…

28 06 2007

Inspired by carimuslima’s post:


You know you’re a hijabi/niqabbi if…You get more stares walking through a crowded parking lot than Paris Hilton got when she walked out of jail.

You know you’re a hijabi/niqabbi if…You are constantly asked about your body temperature (are you hot? lol)

You know you’re a hijabi/niqabbi if…People randomly come up to you and ask if your husband makes you wear “that”or you are asked if he abuses you.

You know you’re a hijab/niqabbi if…people ask you if you shower and sleep with that “thing” on.

You know you’re a hijab/niqabbi if…People talk to you and not your body.

You know you’re a hijabi/niqabbi if…You are asked where you are from by just about every person you meet.

You know you’re a hijabi if…You are often mistaken for a nun.

You know you’re a hijabi/niqqabi if…People automatically have a difficulty understanding you even though you speak perfectly clear and correct.

You know you’re a niqabi if…You often hear ninja jokes

You know you’re a niqqabi if…People are facinated by watching you eat. Some are even so facinated that they may video you and post it on the internet.

You know you’re a hijabbi/niqabbi if…you feel the peace and contentment only obtained by obeying your feel respected and liberated…and you know that even with all the comments and stares your Creator is pleased with you and that’s all that matters!





Feel free to add your own!!!




38 responses

28 06 2007

HEY!!!!! How Cute…. Very true all of them heheh let me add on and say:

You know you’re a hijabi/niqabi if you have endless pins scattered all over the house…

Love this post sis!!!!! I think I can get used to these you know ifs…

28 06 2007

As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

Alhamdulliah, just like I found out over at sister carimuslima’s that I am indeed a mom, I am also a hijabi/niqabi!!! O yea!!

28 06 2007

Asalaamu alaikum.

JazakAllah khair for the laugh!

28 06 2007
Umm Yusuf

One more:

in light of sister Aaminah’s recent post:

You know you’re a hijabi/niqabi if…People try to deny you the basic rights that every one is supposed to enjoy!

29 06 2007
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30 06 2007

Asalaamu alaikum.

I just read the funniest incident on the SunniSister blog that needs to be added to the list:

“You know you are a hijabi/niqabi when you are stared at even by people who would normally be stared at by others!”

LOL, I guess UmmZ was blatantly stared at by a guy with multiple face piercings. Not that I’ve anything against people with their own style/piercings, clothes etc because I appreciate my right and grant them their right too (well, and before I was Muslim I got stared at for my style anyway). But it is funny when you know that the person should be used to getting the same looks that they are now giving you.

30 06 2007
Umm Yusuf

Wa Alaikum Salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sister,

hehe, It looks like those people could symphathize with us. But noooo.

I was reminded of another one today:
You know you are a hijabi/niqabi if…you are constantly reminded what country you are in now. (ex. oh, sweetie, you know you’re in america now you don’t have to wear that)

p.s. If you respond to this with an exaggerated panicked voice: “OMG, WHAT?! I’m in AMERICA? I was on my way to Saudi Arabia! Wow, I knew that pilot looked a bit tipsy. ”

The person may:
1.) Crack up laughing (most of the time)
2.) stare at you as if they think you have lost it (the other half of the time)
3.)get really annoyed and stomp off (maybe while calling you a name). (very rarely)

1 07 2007
Umm Layth

Lol. I love being a Muslimah masha’Allaah.

You know you’re a hijaabi/niqaabi when disrespectful men (to loose women) can look at you and bow their heads out of respect.

^^ It’s amazing. Right before they look at me, they just finished looking at some girl up and down, flirting and treating her like a piece of meat. Suddenly, they look at me and it’s like something in their head signals to them to treat me like their mother. May Allaah guide them and us, aameen.

2 07 2007

Asalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Umm Yusuf,

Great and funny post!

ma’a salaamah,


5 07 2007

i know i am a hijabi when i walk down the street and a guy passing by in the opposite direction lowers his gaze and will try and avoid bumping into me no matter how crowded it gets!

10 07 2007

Very funny!

Here’s my addition…

You know you are a hijabi/niqaabi when the half naked woman walking in front of you is not looked at twice and every eye is on you.

You know you are a hijabi/niqaabi when in order to use a ‘traditional’ toilet (hehe) you have to take off every stitch of clothing.

You know you are a hijabi/niqaabi when you don’t need to bring a tent or umbrella to the beach with you….ever.

You know you are a niqaabi when a man puts his hand out to shake hands with every woman in the vicinity but doesn’t even extend it to you and he lowers his gaze.

10 07 2007
Umm Yusuf

Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

EXCELLENT ADDITIONS Umm Layth, Young Muslimah and Agadir girl!!!!!!!! 🙂

23 07 2007

Very interesting, funny and true too.

You know you are a hijabi/niqaabi when you speak and people actually listen because they are shocked to realize the cloth you wear over your head does not impede your thinking.

Just had to add a piece of my own, 🙂

I would like to share this true story. It was narrated to me by a friend:

Some poeple were on a journey in a bus. Along the way, on a lonely stretch of road they were ambushed by armed robbers. Everyone was ordered out of the vehicle and they began ransacking their belongings and searching them.

One by one the passengers were stripped of their belongings. When it got to the turn of a hijabi sister their leader told his boys to lay off her. In his own words he said, “This one is a holy person. Please leave her alone I don’t want the wrath of God to befall me.”

I’m sure it was food for thought for all the men and women who weren’t spared. I believe if we do something sincerely for Allah’s sake he will reward us accordingly.

Ma Salam.

25 07 2007
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29 07 2007
Insulted Englishman

masha’Allaah, this will probably sound weird to Muslims, but even though I’m a non-Muslim, I love seeing Niqabi, because they are practicing their religion, without someone preventing them to do as they please.

I live in England, and think that the MP Jack Straw is a racist (insert words here) who should personally apologise to everyone who was insulted by his comments.

This even includes me, because his comments were made to sound like what ALL Christians feel like towards Niqabi, but I want to make it clear that I LOVE to see women walking around, doing whatever they feel like, but more importantly- Wearing Niqab, and being a Muslim.

My comments may seem to be odd to some people, but I just want to make it clear to EVERYONE (No matter what religion you follow) that 99.9% of people in the world are ordinary people, who DON’T feel against the right to practice your faith.


30 07 2007
Umm Layth

It’s not odd at all. In fact, you remind me of me before I became a Muslimah. I used to admire Muslim women so much. They rocked.

31 07 2007
Umm Yusuf

I don’t find it at all odd either. I think it is lovely to see someone who can look beyond the media hype and see hijab for what it truly is…….a symbol of faith, a choice, a protection and a blessing. Thanks for the respect and for being open minded.

I’m afraid I don’t know much about your current prime minister…Although, he is visiting the USA right now. So, I’m sure we will be hearing much about him in the coming days.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you by more often.

12 10 2007
Insulted Englishman

Hi all,

Many thanks for your support, concerning my comments, and I apologise for not replying alot sooner.

I’ve only just seen your comments, and hope to visit this website alot more often than before, by bookmarking it on my PC.

If i’m right in assuming you are celebrating Eid, just like Muslims around the UK, I give you my best wishes that you enjoy it. (Even if that sentance doesn’t gramatically make sense! 😉 )

To be honest, I don’t know alot about politics myself, and it’s likely that you will know more than me.

30 10 2007
amatullah bint abdelghani

salamualeikum sis!

mascha allah thats so funny!may allah reward u with the best:-)))


1 11 2007
amatullah bint abdelghani

salamualeikum sis,

sorry it´s me again but i wanted 2 ask u,if it´s ok if i translate this article in german and then took him 2 a homepage, i will write down ur name under,hope thats ok..


2 11 2007
Umm Yusuf

Assalaamu Alaikum Sis Amatullah,

I don’t mind at all sis. Go right ahead, insh’Allah. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. 🙂

2 11 2007

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakahtu,


Simply enjoy reading this post and the comments posted about it. Refreshing to the mind.


3 11 2007
amatullah bint abdelghani

aleikumsalam umm yusuf…

jazakallahukhairan sis;-))
may Allah bless u


5 11 2007
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16 11 2007

Salaam Alaikum my dear sister,
May Allah shower you with rewards and blessings for this fun and touching list.
I am an American and host a radio show in Manila, Philippines for Dawah and Islamic education purposes; In the future when I do a show about Hijab/Niqab I may incorporate some of these items.

If you’re interested about the show you can view it on YouTube:
It’s my wife’s Youtube account there. The Message is my show which just started and is English-Only. The other shows (Voice of Islam and Voice of Truth) are places that I’ve guested on for a while and are in English and Tagalog.


16 11 2007
Umm Yusuf

Assalaamu Alaikum

Yes you may use it.

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

16 11 2007

I am a new muslimah and I adore these, I hope you don’t mind that I am sharing them with another online community?

16 11 2007
Umm Yusuf

Assalamu Alaikum Julia,

Alhamdullilah! So, happy to meet another new Muslimah. 🙂 May Allah always keep you guided. ameen.

Yes, feel free to post them anywhere you like.

25 11 2007
just me



The good old days of being discriminated against.

Former hijabi

25 11 2007
Mrs. Elliott

Dearest Sisters,

may the Peace of God be with you all.

As a Christian woman who folllows the principles of headcovering and modest dress (as found in the Bible), i can more than relate to the comments and experiences many of you share concerning your daily walk as covered Muslim sisters. indeed, it is your presence that has kindled a spark in more than one Christian woman’s heart concerning the place of these practices in our own faith experience – a tragic casualty of the revolution in morality and decency that occured first in the 1920’s and again in the 1960’s. Only 50 years ago or so, a respectable Christian woman in England, Australia or the US would not be caught dead leaving the house without wearing hat and gloves or a beautiful headscarf (ironically worn almost identically to the modern hijab). It is said that if a practice skipps but one generation it is as good as forgotten. In the post Christian, post modern West, this is all too evident.

There are however a small but increasing number of we Christian women who have examined the condition of our churches and culture finding them gravely wanting, only to truly plumb the depths of Holy Scripture therein discovering long forgotten and sobering truths concerning Modesty, headcovering and right behaviours for women.

here are a few references for anyone interested in following this up:

1 Corinthians 11: 1-16
1 Thessalonians 5: 17
1 Timothy2:9-10
Titus 2: 5
Titus 2: 14
1 Peter 3:3-4.

Many Christian women (and too many leaders of the faith) dismiss these verses as being culturally irrelevant, meant for another time, repressive blah blah (I am sure similar arguments against hijab and niqab rear their ugly heads in Muslim circles also)

You However are not alone, and there are many of us who admire your stoicism in the face of bitter adversity. Indeed, it is because of you we too are being led back onto the right path and solid ground.

may i recommend a fabulous website where you can learn about Christian women returning to modesty and a moral way of life:

When there, do read ‘Modesty and the Christian Woman’ and ‘If you’ve got it, hide it’ plus many other excellent articles dealing with this subject.

Here are a few resources you may also find of
Adorned in Modest Apparel; It Begins with the Heart

Universal Web Index for Christians of all denominations – Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox. (Also has a resource for Jewish and Muslim readers)

Article concerning the Christian Headcovering and Modesty movement in ‘USA Today’ with a small number of excellent Headcovering links

A Woman’s Headcovering; Is It Really for Today?

Baptist Women Exalted

Catholic Headcovering; Women, Veil, Mass

Headcovering; Women, Will You Cover Your Heads?

The Scarf of Hidden Power

Yahoo also hosts 76 loops dedicated to this practice.

My dear Muslim Sisters, take heart, be of good courage and know there are other peoples of the book who follow in your footsteps.

Please know my purpose is to extend the hand of solidarity, that you know you’re not alone and by your leading, others are fighting back against this perverse and wicked age one day at a time.


Mrs. Elliott.

26 11 2007
Mrs. Elliott

Dearest Sisters,

Please accept my appology concerning the incorrect spelling of a website listed in my previous post.

It is:-

Ladies Against Feminism


Mrs. Elliott,

14 12 2007
servant of the most merciful

As salaam alaykum sis,
came across this, really cool.

You know when youre a niqaabi when no one can see you sticking out your tongue in contemplation of the latest story in the metro.

You know youre a hijabi/niqabi when you spend 1 min doing your hair and another 10 for your hijab.

Have been a niqabi for over a year and half and would never look back. Get one of the sweetest feelings from it .


7 01 2008

Salam Aleikum….

I am an american woman in Idaho, I am married to a man in Morocco… we are beginning the Immigration paperwork as we speak to bring him here to US..

He has been teaching me Islam and arabic for one and half years….

I have been doing a lot of deep thinking about this subject….

I was hoping maybe you could help me

I deeply respect each woman that wears the hijabi/niqabi
I admire each and every one of you

I havenot learned much about this as my husband has not taught me anything about it…

but i feel the need to learn about it and it has been very strong in my mind for some time now….

Hope you can help.

27 01 2008


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19 04 2009
Umm Yahya

I LOVE this blog mashaAllah TabarakAllah, its soo true subhanAllah. May All protect us all in this dunyah and in the akhira inshaAllah. Ameen

5 04 2010

Salam alaykum sis.

I just bumped into this. MashaAllah. So true, and funny as well. Thanks for posting this sis.


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