I stopped wearing my hijab because I was scared for my life

(Note: I can honestly say, writing this piece for the Metro was so important — as it not only includes the discussion of Islamophobia and the terror (aka terrorism) of it, but the removal of the hijab as a result. Of course, as I’ve mentioned Islamophobia is not the only reason I no longer (fully) wear it. But it is a core part of it, and it is a danger and problem we need to face and battle, condemn because there is no benefit from it — only further harm and damage.

I hope there is significant change made to combat Islamophobia (and racism) because it is so so dangerous and vile. In many ways, i was surprised the response I received was so positive — because a small part of me expected to get some kind of hate, because lord knows there are some bigots out there. {And even expecting this to happen speaks volumes of the kind of toxicity that exists in today’s world.})

[this is an excerpt from an article i wrote for the Metro.]

You’d think growing up in a predominantly Asian area in London would mean not having to deal with racism and Islamophobia.

But as a British-Bangladeshi Muslim, I can say racism in this city runs deep.

The mark it leaves behind lasts forever and can even drastically change the way you live your life.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/15/i-stopped-wearing-my-hijab-because-i-was-scared-for-my-life-13408337/

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Sumaiya Ahmed is a freelance journalist and writer, aiming to break down the boundaries of cultural stigma and shame attached to mental health and sexuality within the South Asian culture, and bringing marginalised topics to light.

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