How To Get Hijab Ready - A Guide For Muslim Girls Ages 8 to 11
Title: How To Get Hijab Ready - A Guide For Muslim Girls Ages 8 to 11
Author: Aisha Elwan & Megan Wyatt
Binding: Paperback pages, Colourful
The question many parents ask themselves as their daughters grow into young women is: how do we productively broach the subject of hijab with our child without employing the dreaded parental “preachy voice” that elicits waves of eye-rolling?
“How to get Hijab Ready” offers an outstanding and holistic answer.
“How to get Hijab Ready” is written by a mother-daughter duo: Megan Wyatt and her 12 year old daughter Aisha Elwan. It uses beautiful and vibrant illustrations and magazine-type sidebars to cover the basics (no pun intended!) of getting started with the hijab.
The authors of this book made a smart choice in not setting it up like a chapter book that is typical for ages 8-11. The subject matter would not lend itself well to that format – rather, this piece reads more like a tween magazine than a book.
Some of the first topics approached in the book are: why Muslim women wear the hijab and when/where/in front of whom to wear the hijab. The fact that this was co-written by a tween becomes apparent in this first section because the language is welcoming, understanding and appropriate for that age group. It succinctly explains the who/what/where of the hijab without becoming tedious or text-heavy.
The book then goes on to the section that takes up a significant chunk of the book: practical tips on wearing the hijab for different occasions and settings. It addresses topics like: how to tie your hair beneath your hijab, what type of outfit is appropriate for attending a wedding, playing outdoors, going to school and performing other activities. This section includes image-heavy how-to guides on how to wrap the headscarf depending on the style you prefer. It even has a guide to purchasing hijab-friendly clothes and accessories (from regular retailers) depending on both the season and how much or how little you want to layer.
Frustrations around SWH (shopping while hijabi) is an experience most women who wear hijab can relate to. Clothes are often styled in a way that is just not compatible with a sense of modesty. Browsing through too-tight, too-sheer, and too-short clothing, SWH can sometimes be a very difficult experience for adults. This experience is even more exasperating for younger girls who are still at a tender age of wanting to fit in with their peers while remaining faithful to their beliefs.
This is why the how-to guide is incredibly important. It cuts right through all of that wasted shopping time with amazing and concrete suggestions on how to pair functional and trendy clothing pieces in a hijab-friendly way. It even covers the best options for hijab-friendly swimwear!
Truth be told, even I learned a thing or two from this book.
The final sections of the book speak to issues that are particularly relevant to girls of this age group; namely, how to start conversations with both your Muslim and non-Muslim friends about your decision to start wearing the hijab. This is significant because sparking a conversation and being proactive about educating peers is a great way to start the hijab-wearing process with confidence.
The book also touches upon some topics that are less comfortable, but necessary: how to speak to peers, neighbours, family members and strangers who comment on or ask you about the hijab, and those who may not do so in a friendly way. Although it is unfortunate that this needs to be a part of the conversation, it is crucial for girls to be prepared to hold their own and keep themselves safe in these types of challenging situations.
This book is an incredibly valuable resource for young girls. It is practical in every way, and does not shy away from real and sensitive issues around the topic of hijab. However, parents should not take advantage of this fact and use it as an opportunity to escape conversations with their daughters about the hijab. Rather, parents and children can read this book together and use it as the starting point for rich conversations about modesty, safety, confidence and self-esteem.
“How to get Hijab Ready” is a resource that young girls can refer to for everything from practical tips on wearing the headscarf to the abundance of God’s reward for those who observe the hijab.
I wish this type of content was easily available to me growing up as a young woman wearing hijab. It would have saved me from some serious fashion blunders, and helped me have a more in-depth understanding of the purpose of hijab. I’m glad my daughter will have this book to thumb through when the time is right.
Review with permission taken from http://www.ruqayasbookshelf.com/how-to-get-hijab-r...