The Other Side of Hijab
By: Achmida D. Mamacotao
The general public defines hijab as the headscarf worn by Muslim women. But the reality is, there is a whole lot more to the story because there are a variety of concepts that envelop this piece of cloth. Hijab in Arabic, literally means head covering and so, people perceive that Muslim women only wear hijab for the sole purpose of covering themselves. There is this undying perception that people who wear hijab hide something and that wearing it hampers these women to liberation and independence, and that they are being secluded from the beauty of the world. But as a matter of fact, what most people don’t know is, wearing hijab is a practice that is imposed by Islam, it is a commandment and the other side of it has a hidden beauty that society have yet to see.
The hijab serves as a constant reminder that Muslim women should keep their modesty at all times. Coming from a hijabi myself, I can attest to this fact. Since Muslim women wear their hijab everyday, they are always reminded that they have to behave in a certain way, and that they have to always be prim and proper. Also, this piece of clothing gives them an identity of being a Muslim, which means that whether they like it or not, they instantly become representatives of Islam and so, people would expect a lot from them. Just as officers are more professionally aware while in uniform, hijab provides a stronger sense of being a Muslim to these women. And as a result, they are motivated to act according to the principles of their religion. Since it is evident that people’s faith tends to flicker at times, hijab lessens that probability, because of the fact that they are made to wear it everyday and be constantly reminded to always rekindle their faith.
The hijab also protects Muslim women. It shields them from ill thoughts, superficial attractions and wondering eyes. People may think that this is an exaggeration on the side of the Muslims and that they...
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