Mama, no! I want to be a teenager and live a normal life.
Leila, you must marry man right now!!!
Amal, your veil is not a part of our uniform
But, ma'am it is a part of my religion
Throughout the book, Amal struggles with the internal decision as to whether she should wear her hijab in everyday life or if she should choose to fit in with society. In chapter two Amal thinks to herself, "I'm terrified. But at the same time I feel like my passion and conviction in Islam are bursting inside of me and I want to prove to myself that I'm string enough to wear a badge of my faith" (Abdel-Fattah 7).
Leila and her mother argue everyday about how her mother brings men over for Leila to potentially marry. In chapter ten Leila's mother fights with Leila about her not being a good daughter, "please bless my daughter and make her good girl" (Abdel-Fattah 113).
In chapter four, Amal and her principal, Mrs. Pearce, get into an argument about if she should be able to wear her hijab in school. Amal explains how it is a part of her religion. However, Mrs. Pearce feels that since it is not a part of uniform she should not wear it in school. She states her opinion with ignorance, "personal is something tucked under your shirt. I would suggest , Amal, that your veil is not, of all things, personal" (Abdel-Fattah 40).