How to Deal with People Staring at you and your Hijab:
I have been wearing hijab for several years now, alhamdulilah. The entire duration of that time, I have also had people stare at me. I have had people stare in a nice way, stare in a mean way, stare inquisitively, run into things because of their staring, and even talk about me and stare…. right in my face.
I have never been a confrontational person, so I usually pretend that they are invisible. Today, I felt brave though. There was an old man ( it usually tends to be older folks) staring so hard, I thought his eyeballs were going to pop out. In my head…I thought, “Is this guy serious? Does he think I am blind?”
“Enough is Enough,” I told myself. “I’ve had it.” But I am not a mean person, I couldn’t bring myself to say something nasty, so I walked by him, with a surprised look on my face, and said….”Do I have a booger in my nose or something.” His face immediately changed to a smile, and we both started giggling. He knew he was caught. He proceeded to apologize, and I told him it was alright. I told him to have a good evening and we went our separate ways.
I’ve decided this is my new approach to people staring. Maybe if I can break the ice a little, show them I am just a normal human being…. they will remember that next time they see a hijabi and she will be saved from that awful stare off.