My religion gives me the limitations for the best. For example, the consumption of pork is not allowed because pigs are unhealthy and dirty animals. Also, religion spiritually brings me closer to God, in the five prayers I pray in different times of the day. I am also reminded of my purpose on this earth and of the blessings I have. I am taught how to be selfless as much as possible and to make a difference in the world. For example, it is mandatory to donate to the poor at least once a year and the whole point of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is to experience the sacrifice some people have no choice of making because of the fact that they are poor. Another way religion has shaped my identity is my experience with the hijab.
My religion teaches me how to be conservative and how to respect myself as a woman. I cover myself to make it clear to others that they should not see me as an object. Wearing the hijab reminds me to be humble inside and out and it gives me pride in my religion. It lets the world see how my religion gives me the choice to express myself. It gives me a sense of self-respect, sophistication, and liberation. When wearing the hijab, I am rewarded with respect and lowered gazes. Hijab