The Beautiful Reasons Why These Women Love Wearing A Hijab

Posted: May 13, 2016 in Muslim Views

Atera Pastry Sous Chef Sumaiya Bangee said, “#HijabToMe is tucking it under my chef coat collar everyday and pursuing my passion.”

The New York Times recently published a “guide“ to Muslim headscarves. The article intended to illuminate an Islamic concept that promotes modesty, but the associated images showed styles specific to a few countries and all of the silhouettes were faceless. These types of portrayals can contribute to a misperception among some that Muslim women who don the headscarf may lack agency.

In today’s political climate, the headscarf has become more than just a spiritual symbol of modesty. At one point, women working in government positions were not allowed to wear it in Turkey. In France, the niqab — a version of the headscarf that covers the face — is banned. In the field of counterterrorism, some view the headscarf as a manifestation of extremism. And as the number of Islamophobic attacks continues to rise in the United States so, too, does the fear among Muslim women, especially those who wear hijab, that they’ll be victims of violence.

In light of this, The Huffington Post asked women from all over the Internet to show just how beautifully diverse the hijab can be using the hashtag #HijabToMe. By showing the many different ways women choose to tie their hijab and the various meanings it takes for them, we hope to offer readers a glimpse into the diversity of Muslim women who don the headscarf. Muslim women were asked to post a picture of themselves along with a brief description of what wearing the hijab means to them.

Check out the compelling images and join the conversation in the comments section below using the hashtag #HijabToMe.

  1. adilsud says:

    India: Muslim man kills 4-year-old daughter for not covering head while eating dinner
    By Agamoni Ghosh
    October 5, 2015 08:25 BST

    A four-year-old girl was thrashed to death by her father on 3 October (Saturday) in India because she accidentally forgot to keep her head scarf on while eating dinner. Jafar Hussain, a resident of a Bareilly village in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, had a strict rule for the women of the house to wear a veil at all times. On the night of the incident he saw his daughter eating while her ‘dupatta’ (scarf) had slipped from her head.

    He then allegedly thrashed her mercilessly, smashing her head against the floor until she was dead. After killing the child, the accused asked his wife to bury the daughter, but she refused and went to the police to file a complaint.


  2. adilsud says:

    Head Covering as a Common Practice
    Lisa Wade, PhD on March 25, 2012
    The burqa and headscarf are often identified as symbols of women’s oppression in Muslim countries. In fact, head covering is a form of religious garb in many sub-cultures. Some of these subcultures require head covering all of the time, and others only during religious rituals, but all involve this tradition. Yet, when it comes to Muslims, the discussion often goes forward as if it is a uniquely oppressive, and uniquely Islamic, practice. Food for thought.


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