It was not a problem before but upon reciting the 2 kalimah syahadah, I try my best to guard my aurat, especially after putting on the tudung a week after my reversion to Islam.
And gosh, it wasn't easy!
The hair on my head grew and grew for months until a lady knocked on the university's dormitory door and asked if anyone needed a haircut. I was so glad she came that I almost hugged her in gratitude, hehehe. And I said a silent thankful prayer to Him when I discovered that my husband is also handy with a pair of scissors, meaning I wouldn't have to hunt for a Muslimah saloon in order to get a haircut. After 2 years under the skilled hands of my dear husband,finally we found a Muslimah salooon nearby, so I may have a good haircut (when hubby's too busy) without worrying about exposing my aurat to the public.
And the same goes for the doctors.
Finding a good lady doctor to get treatment for daily ailments can be tough, as not all clinics have female doctors. I just don't like being touched by male doctors when there is a female doctor available nearby. (which is one reason I avoid going to the government clinics unless I'm really desperate). Unfortunately with the lack of female doctors, sometimes I had to call up and enquire whether the female doctor is in the clinic. It's a hassle to arrive at the chosen clinic and be told to return later because the female doctor is busy attending to patients at another clinic. I was always tempted to go to another clinic with an attending male doctor just to save time and the need to return to the same clinic at the suggested time.
I don't think I need to explain about the need for female dentists and female tailors. You get what I mean?
Oh, I wish and wish that there're more Muslimah venturing into these fields because we really need them:
1. Female doctors with their own clinics
2. Female dentists with their own clinics
3. Female Muslim tailors who don't charge a 'bomb' for a simple baju kurung
4. Muslimah entrepreneurs who offer haircutting services
5. Muslimah masseurs
6. Gym owners who offer a special day exclusively for Muslimah to use their facilities
Anymore to add?