Hijabi of the Month July - Suzy Said of Whymzical Wijabz
Posted on Jul 29, 2016
This month's HOTM is Suzy Said from Brooklyn, New York!
Salamu Alaikum, my name is Suzy Said. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and I'm one of eight girls and two boys. I got married at 17 and moved to New Jersey and became the most important role Allah (S) bestowed upon women - a mother. After having my fourth child I suffered with severe postpartum depression and after reaching out to Allah's (S) creation I realized they would only be able to do so much neglecting the fact that I never attempted to call out to the Creator. I remember that night asking Allah for the first time after months of enduring an indescribable feeling that I knew nothing about how to deal with feeling hopeless and helpless. Finally turning back to Allah (S) and asking for shifa', the following day the blurriness was swept away having found Allah (S) and learning of Allah's mercy and love.
You can follow Suzy on Instagram @whymzicalwijabz.
1) When did you start wearing hijab? Tell us a little about your journey, how you came to wear it, what factors were involved, etc.
I started wearing hijab five years ago after my daughter Layla who was eleven years old at the time approaced me one day after she woke up and told me she would like to wear the hijab. I told her she has three days to think about why she wants to wear it and three days later we both made the decision that would bring us closer to Allah (S), wearing hijab.
2) You are the founder of Whymzical Wijabz - tell us more about your company. Where did the idea come from?
Whymzical Wijabz is my fifth child. Seeing my seven year old daughter Leah last September beginning the school year in a new grade with a personality larger than life strong enough not to care about her friends judging her and criticizing her about her hijab I knew it was do or die. I needed to prove to her that it will only make you stronger and build the connection everyone longs for. Right then was when I knew if I don't do something for all the Leah's in today's world I have failed my ummah. I ran with that intention. I knew I needed these young Muslim American girls to love Allah (S) and see the beauty in everything Allah (S) has created including the hijab. I asked Allah (S) and I received a journey of a lifetime. Whymzical Wijabz. Why Whymzical? Leah is whymiscal. Why Wijabz? She whipped it on wherever she went. Each Whymzical Wijab references Surahs in the noble Quran and are paired with crayons and an Islamic coloring book with facts about Surahs, and words from the Quran built to uplift and instill confidence and reassurance that there is a reason for their existence and love for all the above. It gives them a visual outlet and most importantly a deep connection with Allah and allows them to see the beauty in the most honorable crown around, the hijab.
3) How do you hope to change the way in which hijab is introduced to young girls through Whymzical Wijabz?
4) In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the Muslim ummah today?
6) If you could give one piece of advice to someone struggling with hijab, what would it be?
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