Pennsylvania, United States – Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier. In Islam, it has a broader meaning. It is their symbol of modesty and privacy. The most visible form of hijab is the head covering that many Muslim women wear.
When it comes to wearing the hijab some women wear it because they truly believe it to be part of their faith. Others, on the other hand, are forced to wear it.
Fed up of people suggesting that all Muslim women are forced to wear hijabs, 17-yeard-old Lamyaa texted her dad what if she stopped wearing her hijab – and his reaction has gained several praises after Lamyaa posted their text messages on Twitter.
This happened after a boy in a group chat told Lamyaa that her father would likely beat her were she to take off her headscarf.
Lamyaa told the BBC that she did not actually intend to take her scarf off: “It was never part of the plan. I just wanted to prove a point.”
“When I saw how sweet my dad’s response was I felt that this proved something; it proved that misconceptions are often made about people who end up being the exact opposite,” she said.
Her father’s reaction of unwavering support to his daughter has been widely praised on social media; with some online users saying he had changed their views on hijabs.
“I love this whole thing. There’s trust and mutual respect and, above all, love.” Twitter user @mochamma