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La forza del velo: la storia di Yasmin

The Strength of the Veil: Yasmin's Story

Salam Aleikum.

My name is Yasmin, I'm 21 years old, and I wore the veil during the seventh grade (2014/2015).

I actually wanted to start wearing it since sixth grade, but my parents didn't think I was ready : they thought it was just a passing phase and that I would get tired of it quickly.

During the second year, however, and more precisely the first months, I started having a couple of arguments with some of my classmates and I think that, due to the way I had taken matters into my own hands, my parents had understood that it was not I was more of a child, but a little girl: I had moved on to the next phase.
And they told me, I still remember: "if you still want to wear the veil, and you are convinced, it's ok for us. In our opinion you are ready" .
Then, on December 6, 2014, I started wearing the veil for the first time.

I still have the photo of those first moments.
Then, SubhanAllah, that day I went to a charity dinner for Syria (I'm Syrian!) and that same evening I got my period. You know how the Arab mentality is a bit, that once a girl has had her period, she has reached puberty and should have started wearing the headscarf. I subhanAllah put it a few hours before this fateful event!

In any case, when I returned to school the next day my classmates did not change their attitude towards me , I remember they remained the same as those of the previous day. However, the teachers began to take me aside and ask me who told me to wear it, asking me if it was my parents, in particular if my father, my older brother or my uncle had forced me to.
I'm all happy:

"I, I decided to put it on".

Unfortunately, in that period there were terrorist attacks in Europe which had raised a lot of fuss, and some third year boys had targeted me a bit with comments like "Isis" or "Allahu Akbar". I was particularly upset about it, so I reported everything to my Italian teacher who was very supportive . In the end I don't know exactly what they did to those kids, but the important thing is I didn't keep quiet about it.

In high school I had a particularly different class, there was a lot of prejudice against me and unfortunately I didn't make many friends . I think it was the veil that kept people away, but looking back in time it only protected me from friendships that I know would have been bad influences.

And nothing, at university I met wonderful people, spectacular girls who saw so much more in me than just the veil , and who made me relive the high school experience that I couldn't have when it was my time.

Every situation we experience has a positive side subhanAllah, even if it may seem difficult to find it and see it clearly at first, Allah subhanahuta3ala wrote that story to us to protect us from evil and direct us towards good . It is up to us to move forward, and discover along the way how Allah has protected us.

AlhamdulillAh, always and in any case.

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