Archive for the ‘Hijab & Niqab’ category

The Pressure to Look ‘Right’

By Maryam Sakeenah In her article The Balancing Act of Being Female, Lisa Wade discusses the daily-battle women face in their struggles to conform to the expectations of an over-sexualized society. From dress to demeanor, all is sized up and judged for social appropriacy; when being flirty is appealing, and what crosses the line into ‘asking […]

The Hijab Diaries: Going Back to School

By Gabrielle Deonath The Hijab Diaries: Part I | Part II Because I started wearing my hijab in the beginning of this past summer, a thought that was always in the back of my mind was how people in school would react to the change I’d made. How would acquaintances and friends treat me? Would […]

The Secret Double Life of a Hijabi

By Yeasmines Multiple hands rose in the air when the teacher asked the class to share our hijab story. I saw the eager and enthusiastic looks on each sister’s face as they held their hands up high. Subhan’Allah (glory be to God), I was amazed how each person had a unique story to share. In particular, I […]

Top 5 Reasons for Hijabophobia

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, there’s a new fear out there, and I call it “Hijabophobia.”  This irrational fear has crept into the subconscious of the unsuspecting all over the world.  What is the cause of such ill feelings against a simple piece of cloth? Below is an attempt to understand this phenomenon. The Most […]

Hijab: Fard (Obligation) or Fiction?

I am in a dilemma and need you to help me put things into perspective. It’s the age-old question of whether hijab is fard (mandatory) or not! I have been wearing hijab for many years now. I always believed that the ayah (verse) in Surat An-Nissa (Qur’an 4) is a personal choice that women make […]

Beauty in the Muslim Blogosphere

“I personally refuse to hold someone’s idealistic image against them as long as they have achieved it via healthy means. If a woman is naturally slender with attractive proportions I will not loath her as long as she is gracious with her beauty and at rest with it. As I read in the book Captivating, […]

The Hijab Diaries: From Sweet 16 to Hijabi Before 16

By Gabrielle Deonath The Hijab Diaries: Part I | Part II There is one thing that little girls dream about: getting older. Since I was four years old, I’d been dreaming about turning the golden age of sixteen. I watched shows, like My Super Sweet 16 on MTV, and I thought I would plan every […]

Is Hijab an Obligation? Don’t Religious Rules Change?

Question: Why do we have to wear Hijab in America? Don’t religious laws change according to time and place? Isn’t there room for this to change? Answer: Asalamu `alaykum dearest Sister, I pray that this message reaches you well and full of faith. I would like to thank you for taking the time to write […]

Hijab is Not to Protect Men, But to Honor Women

As we know, Islam provides a few guidelines on dress code for both men and women. They are designed to promote modesty while still allowing a functioning and healthy society. I’ve heard and read a number of stories and have observed the attitudes of many brothers: that Islamic guidelines for women’s clothing and modesty exist […]

The Niqab (Veil) Ban & Maqasid al-Shari`ah

by Abdullah Hasan Someone once said that a nation can wage perpetual war for perpetual peace. Absurd isn’t it? Well, recently a so-called progressive, democratic nation decided to “enforce freedom” by taking away a woman’s right to wear the niqab. The French ban on face veils, which took effect yesterday, legislates what a French citizen […]

A Letter to the Culture that Raised Me

Growing up, you read me the Ugly Duckling. And for years I believed that was me. For so long you taught me I was nothing more than a bad copy of the standard (men). I couldn’t run as fast or lift as much. I didn’t make the same money and I cried too often. I […]

Angry Hijabi

by Aasiyah Abdul Musawwir let me be frank with you, buzz-cut Mao-quoting tattoo-bearing gender and women studies major, waving your flag of female liberation up in my face – no, Man (with a  capital “M”) has not colonized my mind. no i am not beaten, abused, or subjugated by my heinous male relatives. and the […]

Umm and Ummah

by Aasiyah Abdul Musawwir Arabic, you are the tongue of my spirit And Wallahi, it is no coincidence that umm, “mother,” and Ummah, “community,” come from the same root. I talk a lot about this hijab… You ask me if it is mandated – I will tell you it is essential, life-giving, the umbilical chord […]

Hijab, A Narrative

by Sundas Khan “I want to wear the hijab (headscarf) from Monday, Mum.” And I did. I could barely contemplate the words coming out of my mouth that day: Sunday, the thirteenth of June. I was, originally, planning to hold off donning the Muslim headscarf until at least seventh grade. However, I had really been […]

Married While Hijabi?

Question: I started wearing hijab1 a few years ago and I’m proud of it and happy that I’m doing it.  The thing is my family introduced to me to a guy a few months ago for marriage, and it’s been going really well.  The only problem is that he doesn’t want me to wear hijab.  […]

A Talk on Hijab by Yasmin Mogahed

A recent talk by Sr. Yasmin Mogahed at a campus where a hundred women tried on the headscarf for a day to understand how a woman that wears hijab feels. Sr. Yasmin speaks about the role of hijab and modesty in contemporary American society. Part One

Taking Off the Hijab

Question: I understand that hijab is required, and I’ve been wearing it for some time now but I feel like putting it on might have been a mistake.  I don’t feel like it’s made me become a better Muslim, and I feel almost like I’m deceiving people because they look at me as an example […]

A Discussion on Hijab.

By Rabea Chaudhry Hijab: Inside the Head that Wears the Crown Depending on how you want to calculate it – legally, culturally, or religiously – my husband and I have been married for either two, three, or four years. And, in the time that we’ve spent together, I’ve read every relationship and self-help book that […]

Is Wearing the Niqāb Obligatory for Women?

By Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī | Translated by U. ʿAbdullah The Question: We have read what you have written in defense of the niqāb, in response to the attacks of those who say that the niqāb is an innovation (bidʿa) that was introduced to Muslim society, and has nothing to do with Islām; and you demonstrated that the view that […]