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My Mom Forces Me to Wear the Niqab

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Apr 23, 2018

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Assalamu Aleikom.

I am 18 years old and I am a practicing Muslim. I wear a scarf whenever I go out. Lately, my mother has been telling me to start covering my face also. It is not that I don't want to cover my face or I want to show it to the world. it's just that I get intimidated by the effects it will have on my life.

I will not be able to eat in a public place. If I go to a western country (i love traveling), people will stare at me in a certain way. I cannot do certain jobs. I want to go to a summer school in Prague, but I can’t if I cover my face.

I pray a lot to Allah and ask him for motivation but for some reason, I can’t start covering my face. This frustrates me a lot and my mother is also upset with me because of this. I don't know what to do. please help me.

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My Mom Forces Me to Wear the Niqab

Salam Aleikom,

In this video, you will learn:

• Is niqab recommended to wear Islamically?

• Is it a good idea to wear it in the West?

• If you wish to put on the niqab, how to begin?

• What to say to your parents if they wish you cover your face.

 

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Aisha Mohammad-Swan received her PhD in psychology in 2000. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York with a focus on PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, and Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach. She is currently studying for her certification in Islamic Chaplaincy, and takes Islamic courses at SHC. Aisha works at a Women's Daytime Drop in Center, and has her own part-time practice in which she integrates counseling and holistic health. Aisha also received an MA in Public Health/Community Development in 2009 and plans to open a community counseling/resource center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah.

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