World Hijab Day: Answering 5 Common Questions About Hijab | Blog
Published: February 1, 2023 • Updated: October 20, 2023
Author: Dr. Tesneem Alkiek
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
1. What is the hijab?
2. Why do women wear the hijab? How is the hijab empowering?
3. Is the hijab only for women? Do men wear the hijab?
4. Is the hijab oppressive?
It's these very strong emotions that have been used to justify military intervention and imperialism on a global scale for well over a century. That same imagery is used to deny Muslims political and human rights, as well as to justify racial profiling, deportations, and so much more on local and regional levels. Even when Muslim women speak up and voice their commitment to wearing hijab, their voices have frequently been silenced.
While there have no doubt been incidents where hijab has been enforced with the threat of violence, these inexcusable situations reflect a desperate attempt to clench onto religious symbols amidst political and cultural weakness and must be condemned.
5. How can we overcome the challenges of wearing hijab?
For those who do not wear hijab, express your support publicly and privately, and stand up for your Muslim sisters, especially when they face real challenges. And in the words of Roohi Tahir,
“There is no good in the condescending behavior that some may show towards those who do not wear it, nor the outright denial of its place in Islam. It’s a challenge, for some greater than others. But no challenge is without its due reward from the Lord of the Worlds.”