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Why should muslim women wear hijab?

Anywhere in the world when people see a woman all wrapped up in clothing where only the hands, feet, and face are visible, people instantly conclude that the woman is from a Muslim descent. The clothing that Muslim women wear to cover up their head and body is called ‘hijab,. It is more than just a piece of cloth because often times it attracts attention, sometimes either a cold stare or criticism, and mostly curiosity among non-Muslim populace. Because of the different reactions that Muslim women get from non-Muslim people, it became an issue whether Muslim women should wear a hijab, and if ever wearing the Islamic dress is still appropriate in the present time.

The wearing of hijab as traditional clothing has its roots from the religious text of Islam called Koran (or Quran) which instructed that both Muslim men and women dress-up in a modest way. For supporters, the wearing of hijab has other essential purpose which is the focus of this article.

First of all, wearing a hijab for a Muslim woman is a way of liberating oneself from the norms of this world. It protects Muslim women from the ideals that the fashion industry dictates, as well as the media, on what to wear and not.


Also, wearing a hijab is a way of treating oneself as somebody who is precious and special, like a treasure that is kept hidden until it is uncovered. In this way, Muslim women gain more self-confidence and self-respect knowing who they are in the society.

Generally, hijab is worn by Muslim women in front of men who are not a direct relative in order to protect themselves from indecent thoughts and acts. This is advantageous because in this way men will get to like a Muslim woman not because of her looks or physical attributes, but because of other important qualities like attitude, personality, ideals, skills, or knowledge.  This concept can also be applicable in gaining ‘true, friends.

In actuality, wearing a hijab is a matter of personal conviction and opinion. To some it can be way of restraining oneself but to others it can mean freedom.

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