Ayesha Umair

Ayesha Umair

The author is a freelance writer and blogger. She maintains her educational blog at www.ed-digest.com. She tweets as @EDdigest (twitter.com/EDdigest)

I had to take off my Hijab because society refused to accept me

Out of the 50 Muslim majority states in the world, Pakistan ranks second in the list with a Muslim majority population of 97 per cent. And it was among these Muslims that I felt discriminated for donning a hijab. I began the practice of hijab during my second year in art school. Initially, most of my friends did not pay attention to my additional piece of clothing and encouraged the practice. Eventually, however, I realised that while all my relatives, friends and acquaintances professed to be Muslims, very few supported my choice to wear a hijab. During the first few weeks of donning a ...

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