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Hijab For A Christian?
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Ms. Wall from Texas says,
'It makes me aware of God'

Texas Girl LOVES Her Hijab

ISLAM NEWSROOM UPDATE - May 11, 2105

A 'Covered Body'?
It gives this Christian girl whole new outlook!

Why? -
As a white woman from a small, West Texas town, Ms. Wall said, "I wanted to know what it would be like to be part of a “noticeable minority.

0 spot whiteSpencer Wall, a 20-year-old sociology and English senior from Texas, decided to assume the characteristics and attire of a “typical” Muslim woman for a year starting in late April.

She wears the “hijab” and loose-fitting clothing everywhere she goes and does not consume pork or alcohol in public. She avoids eye and physical contact with men and has adopted modest habits like walking with her arms glued to her sides or crossed in front of her to hide her chest.

0 spot white“I’m not representing Muslim women or the Muslim community,” she says. “I just want to know what it’s like to walk in their shoes . .”

She insists her decision is not a social experiment but, it is more about her personal learning experience.

I first noticed Ms. Wall in my religion and society class toward the end of last semester. She wasn’t particularly outspoken, but the shawl that covered her hair, neck and shoulders made her stand out in the large class.

I usually gave her nothing more than a completely unconscious glance. But when she revealed to the class the decision that she made on April 27, I suddenly became aware of the attention I gave her.

I witnessed the looks Wall gets on a daily basis when we met at Kerbey Lane on the Drag recently.

She’s wearing a hijab splashed with vibrant shades of green and blue. A long-sleeved, black shirt and floor-length aqua skirt reveals only a few inches of skin.

Some who pass us try to be inconspicuous with their intrigue, limiting themselves to quick side glances. But most don’t even try to be candid with their exaggerated double-takes or blatant stares.

She passes by a group waiting to be seated, and all of them stare at the back of her head as she walks away. One guy even rolls his eyes.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” she says when I tell her about the group. “But look around. They’re not the only ones.”

Initially, Wall elaborates on her “learning experience” when people would ask her questions, the most common being “So, where are you from?” She has abandoned these efforts.

Now, when people ask about her attire, she simply says,

"I'm not Muslim" but wears the hijab, "because I choose to do it".

This explanation is not entirely untrue, as Wall admits to not being able to leave her home without the clothing.

“I decided a while ago that I was going to try and not wear the hijab for 24 hours,” she says. “I couldn’t even make it for half that.”

Wall says she receives different reactions when she wears the hijab.

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* One man once fell into a display at Wal-Mart because he was staring at her.

* One day a group of men at the restaurant where she works refused to be served by her. They also called her very nasty bad names.

But most of the time she said she is just respectfully avoided.

“I wouldn’t say guys don’t hit on me, but they do so in a very different way now,” she says. “It’s more respectful, less forward.”

The experience has taught Wall to pay attention to smaller details that would make a traditional Muslim lifestyle difficult to follow in the United States.

One day at a clothing store, Wall had to ask for a sheet to cover a gap between the floor and dressing room door so she could hide her bare legs as she changed.

Her job as a waitress presents one of the most awkward situations as it naturally entails a lot of physical contact with strangers:

"That is just not permitted for Muslim women", she said.

Wall has grown to appreciate this sort of privacy and, in some ways, respect it.

Perhaps the most unexpected outcome of the experience is a newfound devotion to her belief in God.

The Islamic faith requires followers to pray five times a day, the first prayer being at 5 A.M.

Although she has not yet assumed the tradition of five times a day, she admits she may do so in the future, but she does pray a lot more often.

“You know we live in a society that is very unconscious of daily religious activities,” she said. “Throughout this experience, I have noticed myself becoming much more aware of God.”

Throughout our conversation, I find myself wanting to discuss the most obvious topic, but can’t bring it up without having to continually justify myself. Doesn’t she feel constricted and even oppressed by the practices she is assuming?

Wall’s candidness to discuss such issues validates my impression of her. She constantly reassures me to ask even the most probing questions and to present any debate, illustrating a maturity and intelligence uncommon for a 20-year-old.

“This experience has taught me to respect a woman’s decision to stay home with her children or wear a hijab or go out and become CEOs,” Wall said.

She finishes her sentence, as I notice a young woman staring at the back of Wall’s head.

Her eyes momentarily follow the outline of the brightly colored veil and then quickly move away. Instead of feeling sorry for Wall and assuming that the attention is warranted by feelings of resentment or fear, I soon wonder if the girl is instead intrigued by the hijab.

Wall admits to only showing her hair in the most intimate of settings, and I realize that I’m slightly jealous of someone who respects something I easily take for granted.

What are your thoughts?

Should she become a Muslim? Should she stop wearing hijab until she does? Can she just do her prayers, believe in God and keep wear hijab without being a Muslim?

Could she continue learning about Islam and take everything just one step at a time?

Leave a message (right here below) for her (and other Christian girls)!

Let her read it and think about what she is really doing, inshallah.

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#138 sarsoora 2015-06-05 02:20
mashallah may god calm you in a good place in heaven ,while the angels linger around you sister
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#137 amat 2015-05-04 11:36
I hope you a good girl please study more about Islam. It's more beatiful than just the hijab. I hope you study Islam honestly. and ofcourse become a muslimah.
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#136 TevitaTVuibau 2015-05-02 08:30
I respect women of their choice to wear hijab,for me personely women are beautiful when they cover themselves up,they don't look cheap...
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#135 Sharla 2015-04-22 13:25
I am a non believer who practices modesty in the most American way. I usually just make sure that my chest is covered and that my shorts don't come above the knee. Since I am married now, I am more aware of what it means to display yourself as a woman. I don't want any inappropriate attention and I simply want to be left alone! In this way, the hijab is attractive to me. When I see women covered in hijab, I feel jealous! Frankly, I wish that I had the guts to wear a hijab and demand a new respect for myself. But I feel so crippled by society's gaze.
Modesty is not oppressive! It's a shame that women are so comfortable in showing more of their bodies. For what reason? When women show their cleavage, it's hard to look at anything else! All women have breasts; we know, we know! What women should feel more empowered to do is something like wear a hijab or practice better modesty. I think that the rewards of modesty are greater than simply feeling attractive.
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#134 Alexis 2015-04-11 01:31
. I want to wear hijab on a full time basis, and I'm not Muslim but Christian. My parents are uncomfortable with the fact that people are very hateful in the West and think I could be harmed/ harassed by wearing Hijab. But I think hijab is a beautiful thing and I have worn it on multiple occasions. I'm comfortable with every aspect of it and I don't give any mind to what people say about what I wear. It's my choice, right? I just want my parents to understand that I want to become more modest and want them to realize that covering your head is not only for Muslims, but for many religions as well. I also realize they are truly worried about me taking such a "step" but I want them to trust me with making my own decisions. Any tips?
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#133 Elizabeth 2015-01-14 22:36
I'm actually researching this topic, because I'm a Christian women. I want to wear hijab n abaya. I have been trying to find out if it's wrong or not. Honestly I want to build a closer relationship with God And I'm tired men looking at my body with such disrespect.
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#132 Khalid 2014-12-28 06:52
With the Name of Allah, The important fact about Hijab is giving the piece for the women by first respecting her self then the society will respect her. In Yemen there is a Jewish community, their women have adapted the Islamic calture, so they are wearing Hijab, not only that they cover their face as well when they go in public. Therefore Ms. Wall did not bring any thing new. But her experience is very interesting specially in USA. As a man if I see a girl with Hijab, I can not keep looking at her for long time, because I know that she want to respect and protect her self from men's eyes. I am not saying that women without Hijab doesn't not respect them self. But Hijab will give more respect. What I would do if I were her, I will Ask from the deep of my heart to the one who has created to guide me to the right path.
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#131 Fardowsa Ali 2014-10-07 05:09
Asalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabaraktuh.I really appretiate and can understand the decision of wall's but i will really advice her to continue researching about islam but i fear for you sister that death comes before that and i really warn you and all the other sisters who are christians and researching abt islam about death because it comes without being known.i will advice you to first emprace islam then you continue reserching and inshallah Alah loves those who come near him and gets closer to him and may he inshallah guide you to the right path inshallah inshallah
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#130 Rukaiyatu Sambo 2014-10-04 17:18
Salamu alaikum. She is more of a muslim than she knows. My advice to her is to study islam crically and make up her mind because time is passing. No one knows when he or she will die. If she dies in the state she is now(as a non muslim) since she has not pronounced the shahada,the wearing of hijab will be of no use to her. I hope and pray that she will actually become a muslim. May Allah guide us all onto His straight path. Amin
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#129 Roxanna 2014-09-29 05:35
Hello dear. I greatly commend what you did with your personal experiment. This coming Tuesday, I am giving a demonstration speech. I am going to demonstrate/tea ch my class how to wrap a simple Hijab. I think they are beautiful. I like wearing them. As of right now, I only wear it in my room. I will never convert to Islam however, I appreciate what Islamic women and their example on how to be modest.
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