Greek Convert Shares Her Struggles

As-Salamu Alaykum. I converted to Islam two years ago, alhamdulillah, and Allah almighty gave me a wonderful husband and even a job. Because I wear hijab, I don't have many chances in a conservative and xenophobic country such as Greece.

My parents don't like Islam and are full of prejudices. Alhamdulillah, I made them overcome some of their previous ideas. I must say that they're now quite tolerant of my choice even if sometimes they insult me and my husband.

My parents cannot accept the hijab. They have never seen me wearing it outside of my home, but once my mother saw me praying and had a nervous breakdown because she saw me with the headscarf on; she thinks it brings bad luck. She refused to talk to me for six months and cried every day; she also went to the hospital. I had too much pity and I took off the hijab to visit her.

Since that moment, I'm living a double life: I wear the hijab in the city where I live and take it off to visit my parents. I feel so hypocritical, but every time I tried to visit them wearing hijab, they refused to let me in their home.

Then my parents fell ill, and my younger brother has to take care of them. I don't find it right to leave all thing to him. My brother used to support me, but now he's tired of the whole situation, and I think he's right.

I know the best thing to do is to make a lot of duaa's (supplications) to Allah to change my parents minds