Being a Muslim Teen in the UK

By somayya | June 24, 2007
August 2007

Being a Muslim Teen in the UK

by Somayya Gefori

The United Kingdom is home to millions of Muslims

Illusionary Freedom

The first thing that a lot of Muslims who don’t live in a Western country think is that it must be a very bad place, full of temptations to commit all kinds of sins. That may be true, but if you stay close to your deen, ultimately you will begin to see that Western people aren’t so free.

Other people believe the West is the place to be, full of so-called ‘freedom’. In the Western world you will notice that women are always degraded. Their bodies are used to sell all kinds of products. When Western teen girls go out for a night of ‘fun’, they dress scantily for men. When I see this I see that they are not free and I am in fact more free than them because I can protect myself from that kind of unwanted attention, whereas they seek it, then do not like the consequences.

My Experience Wearing Hijab

I first put on hijab (scarf) when I was nine years old. Of course since I was still in primary school then, kids ask all kinds of questions, such as, are you bald under there? Girls would ask to see a peek of my hair, then say I should uncover my hair so that everyone can see it.

To a lot of people a woman’s hair is her ‘crowning glory’, her best feature, that can be styled beautifully. That’s exactly why Muslim women and girls cover their hair, because our beauty can be an attraction to men, by covering it up we take away the temptation for anyone to commit zina.

I myself have had a few bad experiences on the streets where I live. There are a lot of trouble-making youngsters who are often racist, ignorant and badly educated. I have been called plenty of names, sworn at, and even had my hijab partly pulled off my head. For a few weeks after that I was afraid to walk the streets near my home. Then I decided I could not let them win. They want to drive all the Muslims out, so we have to stay and unite ourselves and show these people that we will not leave.

My Country Too

My mother did give me some good advice, she said that I should not be afraid of going out, because as a mixed race person (half-English, half-Libyan) I had the right to live here and go outside whenever I wanted. This is my country too, even if the people on the streets only see somebody in a scarf, perhaps they even think she’s stupid, and doesn’t know English. As a young person in the Western world, it can feel like I am facing more challenges than somebody my own age in a predominantly Muslim country. Of course they are facing challenges too, but perhaps in a different way. Allah tests us all, wherever we are.

18 Responses to “Being a Muslim Teen in the UK”

  1. Mabrouka Says:
    June 25th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    A great article, a true reflection of the hardships British Muslim girls and women face today. Keep up the good work!

  2. Lil Says:
    June 25th, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Wikked article if i may say so. lol
    Trust me. I mean it – i wouldnt just say it as a friend now would i!!
    Thanks for speaking for us all.!!

  3. emmal Says:
    June 29th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    wow thats realy gud artical ur strong to walk on the street u write straight from ur heart

  4. emmal Says:
    June 29th, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    somaya ur a grt writer and a strong girl u write the words ur heart speaks gud luck in ur nxt article

  5. Laura Says:
    July 1st, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Your article was brilliant you are very brave and wise to speak the truth about Islam and what all Muslim girls have to go through in the western world well done!!!! Im sure ur next artcle will be brilliant too!

  6. zulfiqar ahmed Says:
    August 6th, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    ya, this is good article.You speak the truth about islam, well, Good Job and keep it up
    thanks.. (pakistan)

  7. Ammar Says:
    August 19th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    nice article. may god help you all the way inshallah.

  8. Danish Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 2:12 am

    all i have to say is… mashAllah

  9. RIFKY FALEEL Says:
    November 27th, 2007 at 5:29 am

    dears in islam
    assalamu alaikum

    the very good article
    we all muslim ask to allah from our other muslim brothers and sisters to hidayath
    today alla country should have big problems with muslim
    zina/munafiq habits/thefts/noneducation/bidath
    plzzz we ask allah
    to give mercy and peace our muslim
    iam sri lanka
    any deatails plzzz email to

  10. rowaida Says:
    January 2nd, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    well done and i really think that you are abrave girl me as a 15 year old muslim convert has the same problems but all i can say is if you dont face them, then your own house will be a prison so face up to them and you will show you are a stronger person then them
    bismallah

  11. Mohamed Dilshan Says:
    January 7th, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Assalamu Allaikum

    May allah bless we forver
    we all muslim ask to allah from our other muslim brothers and sisters to hidayath
    today alla country should have big problems with muslim

    may god help you all the way inshallah.
    From Dilshan
    Sri Lanka

    +9472 4973646

  12. Mushtaq Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Salam,
    Mashallah your article is fantastic and shows how much prejudice and unjust there is in the UK.Say it loud and proud, sis. Funny thing is that here in America its just the same. The “freedom” that they speak of is there in an like an abstract form but if you really come and live here people aren’t treated right there is still racism, and discrimination, and all those things that people thought America had gotten rid off. Truth is everyone at my school is ignorant and Ignorance is the main reason there is so much problems in the world. By the way i love your article. I guess UK and the USA aren’t that much different after all.

  13. Omar Hayat Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Mashallah a very good article be strong in your faith and keep up the good work Sister

  14. Rizza Says:
    November 28th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I’m proud of you. Continue to stand tall and always keep the faith.

  15. julia Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    wow! your article is really inspiring!

  16. Hakim Says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Good article… May allah bless your bravery, peaceful actions and determination.

    Peace

  17. bookworm764 Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Mashallah, lol that is so true, i was asked if i was ‘bald under there’ once too.
    May Allah guide us through these difficulties, and help us overcome the challenges that a Muslim girl goes through in the Western world. keep it up!

  18. homeworker Says:
    March 19th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    You have really insipered me, i have to a homework task about the hardships of being a muslim in britain today, thankyou this is a great help.

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