Matt Cutts in his TedTalk suggests that it takes 30 days to develop a habit. If there is something you want to do, try it out every day for 30 days and it will become a part of your routine.
I was inspired by this Ted Talk until I came across this:
This must look like a great idea to a lot of people out there, but there is something very wrong with this. Here are 10 reasons why this 30-Day Hijab Challenge is something I wouldn’t do:
1. Wearing or not wearing a hijab is my personal choice.
Yes, it is my choice and I don’t want a website or a Facebook page to tell me when it’s the right time to start wearing a hijab.
2. One should not wear hijab JUST because it is Ramazan.
Ramazan is the month in which many of us pretend to be good Muslims. If you can’t do it the rest of the year, don’t pretend to do it in Ramazan please.
3. Hijab is a symbol of purity and godliness. I would be a hypocrite if I wore a hijab but didn’t keep a check on my deeds.
4. Wearing a hijab should not only be a ‘habit’.
It shouldn’t be something you do reluctantly everyday or something you do out of habit. It should be something you enjoy doing.
5. Anyone who decides to wear a hijab should do it for the right reasons and not only as a ‘challenge’.
It is not a challenge. It is a part of your faith.
6. When you decide to wear a hijab, make sure you respect it.
Wearing a skintight jeans or a skimpy top with your hijab invalidates its purpose.
7. “Invitation” to non-Muslims!? Seriously?
8. “Boys respect girls who wear hijabs”. If this is what they tell you, ask them to teach their boys better, because respectable boys would never disrespect ANY woman, hijab or no hijab.
9. Your deeds should represent you as a Muslim, not your head-scarf.
10. You can very much wear the hijab and still fail to please Allah because you are not doing it right.
11. Why are we breeding intolerance for those who do not wear the hijab with challenges like these?
12. Religion is a personal decision not a Ramazan challenge
13. No challenge for boys? Is religion only applicable to girls?
14. This challenge takes away the importance of a hijab because it becomes so commercial.
15. There are more important things to practice in Ramazan.
How about we practice honesty, modesty, tolerance and patience?
16. I don’t remember religion being on sale – why do we try to sell it with advertisements like this?
17. My religion is between me and my God.
18. There is no compulsion in religion, why make it seem like it is forcing you to do something you don’t want to?
19. Is this a fashion challenge? “You have 30 days to prove you are a good Muslim by the standards of other humans?”
Who sets the standard of a ‘good Muslim’ anyway? Can I set the standard for a ‘good Muslim’? How can we claim that wearing a hijab will make us ‘good Muslims’? What if I am an evil witch but I wear a hijab, am I still a ‘good Muslim’?
20. If I am going to wear a Hijab it is definitely not going to be for you or anyone else.
I will wear it for me. And for my God.
21. Hijab is not just a “uniform” for Muslim women.
Muslims exist without hijabs too!
22. What if I want to take it off after Ramazan? I will still win the challenge, right?
23. Will this challenge also make me a better human being?
24. The more people I invite, the better Muslimah I am?
25. What’s the catch? I take the challenge and share my picture in hijab on your page?
So my picture is now evidence of being a ‘good Muslim’. Now I have nothing to worry about in life. Really?!
26. This challenge doesn’t make anyone superior than someone who doesn’t take hijab.
27. Do we have something for other Islamic months also or do we just like milking Ramazan?
28. Hijab is not a shortcut to redemption
29. So does wearing a hijab only mean covering my head? Is that it all that is required?
30. Is Hijab the verdict of my faith?