The Hijab

Yesterday for the first time I walked into an elevator where the women out numbered the men (5:3). One other thing that got my attention was that all five women were wearing the Hijab. I have noticed that some women tend to wear the Hijab while travelling to work and remove it when they get there, while others wear it to work but not when they are on an evening out with colleagues or friends. I guess itís just a matter of what makes them feel comfortable. I wonder how long it will be before women here can go out in public without feeling the need to protect themselves from the staring and gawking of men.

5 Comments so far

  1. zayn (unregistered) on June 19th, 2005 @ 2:14 am

    …some of my friends think hijab is sexy…it’s the eyes of desire–look but don’t touch–, but i guess it could be a kool hide-away too: i’ve always wanted to wear a burka myself and see what it’s like to be out of the public view…

  2. hijabi (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 10:51 am

    I am proud to be a hijabi myself. The hijab makes me see all boundaries. It definetly keeps me away from all those unwanted attention. The freedom I get from wearing a hijab, there is nothing like it without it.

  3. A (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 11:35 am

    Hijab as in? For some Hijab is just a head covering a scarf. for some it is an abaya/jilbab and scarf. and yet some insist only a combo of scarf/hijab + abaya/jilbab + naqab is the proper hijab.

    So what kind of hijabis were those in the lift? version 1, 2 or 3.

    A hijab can only be proper, whatever version it may be, as long as it is put on in public, irresepective of who your are with and where and when.

    I took it up (version 1) because it announced to the world that I am a Muslim. I assumed everyone knew that till I had to travel to other countries. In Pakistan it does not really matter, you may be swathed in black indescrepit cloth and yet be ogled at, but if you go out of the country, it does get you respect and people maintain a respectful distance. That was the purpose of hijab in teh first place… to differentiate the Muslimas from other women.

    To me hijab is an announcemnt, a statement of sorts that I am a muslim, i cover my head by choice and I am mighty proud of it too.

  4. Saadie (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 2:43 am

    wernt u used to get out numbered at your old work place all the time ;)?

  5. ahmed (unregistered) on September 11th, 2005 @ 7:41 pm

    i am from the uk a english friend of mine thinks that women who wear hijab look sexy. he says when he looks at them they look back at him by eye contact he thinks the appreciate the complement

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