In our Untangled feature, we answer questions posed to us from our readers. Here’s an email that brideofdracula recently sent us:
First of all I love your blog! I think it’s awesome how you connect anime and religion.
My question to you is kinda personal: recently, I moved to America from a muslim country. I am a practicing Muslim and I currently am enrolled in a liberal arts college. My problem, is I face alot of criticism from atheists. They see me, see my hijab, and start criticizing me, my religion, my Holy Book. I don’t have a problem with atheists, but I HATE it when they start mocking me. I’m asking you this because as Christians, you must have faced such opposition. What should I do? Should I stop wearing my hijab?
Please answer. I don’t think I can stand any more girls stuffing The God Delusion in my face. (Sorry about my English. It’s not my native language.) Thanks.
Thank you, first of all, for reaching out to us even though we’re of a different faith than you. We definitely want our community here to cross religious boundaries, and some of that can occur when find common ground, such as criticism or persecution.
I think it must definitely be harder for you as a Muslim than for most Christians because through you hijab, you make your faith much more visible than others might. Besides wearing, say, a cross necklace, Christians don’t usually express their faith by the clothing they wear. Maybe that’s why when I attended a liberal arts university in a very liberal city, I never went through what you’ve had to endure.
I think that the best advice I could give you is this: make your everyday actions based on the bigger picture on what you most believe in life. Sometimes, we have an idea of what we value most, but when suffering comes along and we’re tested by fire, we get to know where we really stand on those tenants we hold most closely to our hearts. When you meditate on the bigger picture, it’ll help you determine the choices you make for issues like whether to continue wearing your hijab. For example, if I were in your shoes, I would hope that I would be able to use a hurtful situation and turn it around, demonstrating the kindness, love, and grace that Jesus demonstrated to me through the gospel, which is at the core of my life.
I’d like to also open this up to our readers – do you have any recommendations for our brideofdracula?