Diamonds and Pearls

I'm a Muslim, but have not quite had the strength to don the hijab, but I am always keen on learning. A story I love is this:


"If memory serves me correctly, I was wearing a little white tank top and a short black skirt. I had been raised Orthodox Muslim, so I had never before worn such revealing clothing while in my father's presence. When we finally arrived, the chauffer escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father's suite.As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget.He looked me straight in the eyes and said,

"Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them."He looked at me with serious eyes.

"Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too."

Source: "More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Through His Daughter's Eyes."
Contributed by Miss Aida


Nono Fara said...

i am so sorry for "messing around" and asyik commenting on your entries. it is just a matter of i love all em.. (upss.. not really semua la... hahah) =P
and just to let you know that i love this entry sooooo much and i hope that Allah will give hidayah to everybody, inshaAllah.

well, i started wearing hijab when i was in form 5. gezz... it's hard to resist the temptation to flaunt with the so called "beauty" heh.. i swear to God, susah bangattttt...! but alhamdulillah, here I am still in hijab. coz i feel more safer. well i dont have any suitable words how to describe the feeling but i swear, i feel safer. =)

hijab symbolizes Islam so do not underestimate it.. and for those without hijab, dont get me wrong. i know you are muslim. it's just a matter of you're not ready yet. i know that! c'mon... i used to be like you too; skirts, tube, bay back, hipster, and the list goes on.. and honestly my mum is a free hair takes time aite? yea, so just be true to yourself but dont wait until it is too late. =)

afiq said...

aaaah, a confession of a happily hijab clad lady.

renegix_01 said...

afiq..aku nak cilok artikel 'kepunyaan' kamu nih..