February 1st marks annual World Hijab Day (WHD) in popularity of hundreds of thousands of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and reside a lifetime of modesty.
The brainchild of this motion is a New York resident, Nazma Khan, who got here up with the concept as a method to foster spiritual tolerance and figuring out by means of inviting women (non-Hijabi Muslims/non-Muslims) to revel in the hijab for someday.
For many of us, the hijab is a logo of oppression and segregation. By opening up new pathways to figuring out, Nazma hopes to counteract a few of the controversies surrounding why Muslim women choose to wear the hijab.
Here 3 women inform GLAMOUR UK why they choose to wear the hijab, and one girl discusses why she opts not to.
Asha Hussein, 25. Social media influencer and vlogger
“I used to be 17 once I made the choice that totally modified my lifestyles not simply as a Muslim, however as a lady. I determined to wear the hijab.
“Like many women who wear the hijab, it used to be to turn into extra spiritually attached to my faith, to actively apply Islam and not simply to tick the Muslim field on a sort.
“The very first thing I spotted used to be that individuals listened extra to what I used to be announcing. I used to be coming to other people as a clean canvas and that, as a lady, is each empowering and releasing. It’s addictive. I’m not my hair, I’m not my good looks, I’m not my frame. I’m me.
“As a social media influencer, I believe attitudes against hijab-dressed in women may also be polarising. You’re both portrayed as an extremist, ISIS sympathiser or an especially oppressed girl – I’m none of the ones issues. In fact, the most effective factor excessive about me is how overdue I depart it to go back books to the library.
“My mom, as a British girl, must by no means have to really feel afraid once I depart my house. Hijabis must be admired for containing their heads up prime and rocking their hijab each day, with out concern.”
Khadija Mahamud, 25. Digital content material writer
“To me, the hijab is greater than only a piece of material; it is a image of my religion that represents part of me to the global.
“I began dressed in the hijab complete-time when I used to be 15. I used to be lucky sufficient that my mum taught me about the causes for dressed in it and she or he inspired me to analysis its significance. It’s by no means sufficient of a explanation why to do one thing simply because anyone else tells you to. In quick, it is as a result of this that I used to be ready to see the wonderful thing about, and necessarily the empowerment of, opting for to quilt up.
“In a global the place women are steadily sexualised, there is something extraordinarily tough about understanding other people may not pass judgement on you in response to what you’re dressed in.
“People steadily suppose there are boundaries to dressed in the hijab. For me, it does the reverse; it lets in me to be unapologetically myself each as a feminist and as a Muslim girl.
“The media fuels the method other people understand Muslim women; excellent and unhealthy. We’re both breaking information as a result of we are breaking limitations or, one way or the other, we want to be stored. It turns out as although it is time to settle for, Muslim women are not so other from different women.”
Muna Jama, 27. Former Miss Universe contestant, a type and humanitarian campaigner
“Throughout my occupation, I’ve used Islam to information me however have selected not to wear the hijab. Instead, I have embraced religion via my conversations, my behaviour and the method I get dressed.
“I confirmed my very own model of modesty once I competed in Miss Universe with out dressed in a bikini and, as an alternative, used to be the first girl to wear a kaftan. There have been issues about Miss Universe that did not swimsuit me as an individual and I selected to take a stand, so I may just make a distinction.
“When the media focuses such a lot on those that wear the hijab, they can disregard the variety of idea amongst Muslim women. I really like dressed in a headband on positive days and, at different instances, apply my modesty fully in a different way. That could also be dressed in a kaftan, proudly owning the catwalk at Modest Fashion Weeks round the global or just by being a thoughtful and compassionate individual.
“True good looks is outlined by means of our behaviour against one every other and must not be measured by means of what we wear. The hijab is a superb method to apply the Islamic religion however not the most effective method.
Aya Bdaiwi, 27. Interfaith Coordinator and Project Manager at Faiths Forum for London
“At 19 years previous I made the selection to wear a hijab and it empowered me, as it supposed I had the energy to choose how I offered myself to the global.
“The first day I wore my hijab in public, I used to be paranoid about how other people perceived me. At the time, I used to be pursuing a occupation in regulation and I puzzled if my headband can be a barrier. But as an alternative, I changed into extra acutely aware of how I used to be coming throughout to other people and my persona shone via. While I take pleasure in my look, it’s necessary that I’m judged on my persona and thoughts.
“We are all conscious there are a small staff of people who have twisted Islam to purpose concern and department between other people. Muslims as an entire are actually being judged by means of the movements of a couple of other people. There’s no denying that there are damaging connotations of the hijab all over we glance as of late, however this has most effective spurred me on to make my very own alternatives and not be suffering from the judgements of others.
“I’ve discovered briefly that you’ll be able to by no means please everybody, and if we sought approval from the entire global, you simply wouldn’t get any place, so I made the selection to please myself and I persisted to wear my hijab each day.”