• Maryam Isa-Haslett


Behind the veil (Hijab)

Contrary to the beliefs of many, the hijab has a long and rich history across many cultural traditions. If you were to travel through countries in Africa, the middle east, South Asia and South Eastern Europe, you would see a diverse range of hijabs with different colours, patterns and prints and a unifying factor far bigger than fashion itself – a modest woman, strong in faith. While many people outside the Islamic religions are familiar with the word hijab, there are many misconceptions around the veil and the meaning behind wearing it. There has been a focus on Muslim representation through making the hijab or modestly cool and pushing back against narratives of oppression, submission and prudishness, however Muslims consider anything that contradicts or confuses that narratives as a good thing, on the flip side, people are also concerned if this is staying true to the entire purpose of the hijab. To win the trust of Muslim women, brands also need to follow their halal values. Prepared to learn more?

The hijab is not just the scarf

Conflicting to popular belief, the hijab is not just the physical scarf that many Muslim women choose to wear over their hair. The Hijab in its entity is the belief that as a Muslim, one must try to diligently live every day in respect of GOD, with modesty, and show devotion to the religion. By wearing the physical scarf, it is one way of expressing one’s love for Islam. In this way, hijab can also be the way one act, thinks, and treats others, aside from wearing the physical scarf itself.

There are many different forms of hijab

The hijab comes in many forms and in many levels of covering one’s body as well. The shape of the scarf over the head differs from person to person. Some choose to cover their faces as well, and some only choose to dress modestly while still showing their hair. These are all forms of hijab, even if it does not look like the stereotypical one seen in the media.