NEW JERSEY — Rowaida Abdelaziz, 17, feels blessed with her hijab, and sees the simple piece of cloth covering her hair as a source of liberation.
“It really feels good,” the New Jersey high school senior told the CNN on Wednesday, August 12.
Abdelaziz, the daughter of two Egyptians, willingly chose to put on hijab.
“My mom says a girl is like a jewel. When you have something precious, you usually hide it. You want to make sure you keep it safe until that treasure is ready to be found.”
Abdelaziz believes hijab has brought purpose and a beautiful dimension to her life.
When you actually wear it, it opens your eyes. It makes you want to explore your religious faith,” she says enthiustically.
“It felt like I was missing something and now I’m complete.”