I remember the on boarding process at the CN Tower.
They took us to a room, turned off the lights and played a video. I remember theatrical music.. showing media clips of the CN tower, facts and figures with flashy graphics.
The purpose was to create excitement like you were part something much greater than a tourist destination.
"You're an ambassador for Toronto" they'd say. The words sit with you.
They made you realize that your interaction with visitors at this site would leave an IMPRESSION ..of Toronto. We had to be on our best behaviors. There were cameras everywhere. No chatting. Focus only on giving the customer the best experience, not so much forceful up selling.
What's this have to do with #worldhijabday ?
The moment we embrace the hijab, we become ambassadors of this religion.
Our actions, words and behavior speak for something far greater.
We DON'T NEED theatrical music.
We are worshippers of Allah (swt).
For every 5 persons, 1 is a Muslim. The fastest growing religion from the call of one human being.
From the moment we leave our home, we are "on the job".
Our attire tells people who we are, what we believe before we even speak.
Yes, all Muslims are being watched by Allah and making an effort to represent, as we should. But the Hijab turns sisters into a spokesperson for a religion. One that's highly criticized. We feel the responsibility for cleaning up the PR mess left by extremists.
It can be tiring when we are always "on the job". We're not trying to "up sell" and convert people. We simply realize that our character is a form of customer service for our religion. Its Dawah in the simplest form.
We're human. We have bad days, we can't smile, hold doors and be on our best behavior in public all the time.
The hijab is not easy. Sisters go through life phases where surviving is the most they can do. Giving birth, divorce, seeking partner, abuse, illness etc.
These phases may affect how we perform on this responsibility i.e.- how we wear it, how we act.
May Allah (swt) reward us all for the efforts made to exemplify His religion.
May this act of submission be accepted