I started wearing a hijab two years ago. Here are a few things I’ve learned.
Everyone expects you to be some kind of Islamic scholar.
Unfortunately, putting on a hijab doesn't mean you automatically know everything there is to know about Islam. But as soon as I started wearing one, people started asking me incredibly specific questions.
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Some normal places and situations suddenly become quite uncomfortable.
Pubs, bars, concerts, house parties, and office Christmas parties all felt a bit awkward when I first started wearing a hijab. Basically, where there's alcohol and dancing, especially if you're the only Muslim there, you'll feel a bit uncomfortable.
Most people will treat you exactly the same.
Friends and family who've known you for years won't even flinch when you put a hijab on. These people are your true friends.
But there will be some people who treat you differently.
People who didn't know you well, and perhaps didn't realise you were a Muslim, may be a bit awkward around you. But that's OK; these people just need to time to adjust.