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The Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue: A story of Hijab and Family Authors: Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali Illustrations by Hatem Aly


It is the beginning of a new school year and Faizah accompanies her big sister Asiya to pick out her first hijab, one that is blue. The next day at school Faizah feels proud walking next to her sister for Asiya is wearing her new hijab. We learn that “the first day of wearing a hijab is important…it means being strong.” Asiya is confident and shows her strength in her interactions with her friends as well as being strong in the face of adversity when people are not as welcome to who she is.

Asiya’s reaction reflects on her younger sister who proves that her blue hijab is like the “ocean and the sky, (with) no line between them”.

A Bookish Decree: An amazing reflection on sister bonding and having confidence to be you.

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