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Welcome to the homepage of the ‘Global Hijab Awareness’ a project launched by Ahlulbayt TV to deal with the contemporary issues surrounding the Hijab, for those who wear and for those who perceive it. Global Hijab Awareness aims to tackle the misconceptions about the hijab, from Muslims and non-Muslims.
Global Hijab Awareness also aims to give confidence to the millions of courageous Muslim sisters who continue to and independently decide to wear the Hijab, despite the negative perceptions highlighted in the western media.
Click here to find out more about Global Hijab Awareness.
Here are some questions you might have about the Hijab and/or it’s role within a Muslim girl’s life:
What is the Hijab?
Hijab refers to both the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general. It’s not only physical, but Hijab has a social element too, in which a Muslim woman is encouraged to conduct herself (in public) in a modest manner. As to not bring any unwanted attention towards herself.
Why do women wear the Hijab?
Every woman will have her own story, some will say it make them feel liberated, some will say they feel protected, confident, religious, respected, distinguished, happy…the list can go on.
In the west, women are under a constant pressure to look and dress a certain way, be it through TV, Magazines or Films, an unreal standard of ‘beauty’ has been dictated, which leads not only to women feeling inadequate, but leads men into a false sense of how a woman should be.
Why does Islam encourage Hijab?
It not only makes a woman feel confident and liberated, but encourages society to not see women as objects of desire. Islam promotes sexual equality, the Hijab allows women to be an instrumental part of the society without being judged down or favoured by man’s perception and desires.
Can Hijab be practiced in a modern & secular society?
Across the west there are millions of Muslims sisters who go about living the every-day life, just like women from all faith backgrounds. They go to the same school, they have the same degrees and work the same ‘Nine-to-Fives’. The Hijab only ever conflicts with secular values if it is misunderstood and taken out of context.
Does Hijab prevent a woman from aspiring to her dreams?
Absolutely not, every woman has the right to fulfill her aspirations, whether she wishes to become a Doctor, a TV presenter or even an Astronaut. Of course, across cultures there may be barriers which through women may find it hard to break in to, however the same is true for women who don’t wear the Hijab.
Why don’t men wear the Hijab?
They do, but as explained above the Hijab is much more than just the headscarf, men in Islam are required to be modest in their dress also, wearing tight, revealing clothes is prohibited relatively. Men are obliged to not look at women with lust as part of their Hijab, as this erodes the morals of society.
Are women less-equal in Islam?
No. In fact, when Islam was established, one of the first things Prophet Muhammad (saw) promoted were rights for females; to own property, to choose their spouse, to be able to divorce, to have their own business, to have equal pay, to lead.
The Hijab is often made out to be an object of shame women are forced to carry simple for being a woman, which is far from the truth, the Hijab in fact should be seen as a symbol of Woman’s rights, equality and freedom.