By Christy Crouse (USA)
It was the way my guy friends would lower their gaze and suddenly change their entire demeanor that drew me to Islam. When a woman in hijab passed, they would all stop in their tracks, look at the floor and display shyness. I did not understand why so I asked why, and they told me the word in which I never equated with women before that day, they told me she was honorable.
In a sub-culture of society where honor only defined the armed forces, I never imagined that just because I was a female, I could deserve that honor, as I kept looking I learned that it is Allah who bestows honor. This was one of the reasons I became a Muslim many years ago.