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Hijabi of the Month July - Suzy Said of Whymzical Wijabz

Posted on July 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?

In the same way we say La Illaha Illa Allah and believe in the oneness of Allah and build more of a relationship with Him because of how merciful Allah is with his creation, I hope Whymzical Wijabz will forge a connection between young girls and wearing the hijab. In the same way we water plants and they grow and flourish, I hope our young girls will be introduced to hijab in the most effective way possible - through love.

4) In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the Muslim ummah today?

Understanding the true characteristics of Islam and that it was never about you - rather, it has always been about us as a whole, as one ummah as brothers and sisters in Islam.
 
5) If you could tell your 20 year old self one thing, what would it be?
That everything is part of Allah's divine plan. Once you acknowledge that your journey was written by Al Rahman it will help you understand and make you stronger for what's to come in your life. That this life is a journey Allah (S) prescribed in order for us to continually turn back to the Creator.

 

6) If you could give one piece of advice to someone struggling with hijab, what would it be?

There is never a right time, the time is now, because being a Muslim is about sacrificing and struggling for the sake of Allah and furnishing our akhirah to the best of our ability. Being a Muslim is about constant jihad (struggle) with our nafs, and enduring the trials and tribulations of the dunya. Wearing hijab as an American Muslim in today's world will weigh heavy on the scale with the Almighty, Inshallah.

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