Why Muslims Choose to Wear Hijab in Non-Muslim Countries

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The hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest of a Muslim women beyond the age of puberty. It is worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty, privacy and morality. They wear the hijab in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family. All the items of clothing have a certain standard of modesty. For instance, the hijab refers to “the veil which separates man or the world from god.” Hijab can also be used to refer to the separation of women from men in the public atmosphere. Although not all women choose to wear the hijab in non-muslim countries but those who do, do it for personal or religious beliefs. There are many reason as to why they choose to wear the coverings. Some feel compelled to honor what the Quran asks of them, or they feel that by covering up it will identify them to the world as a Muslim woman. Other say that covering up their physical beauty allows them to be appreciated for their mind, not their body. These women view the hijab as a right and not a burden. Women who wear hijab often describe themselves as being “set free” from societies unrealistic fashion culture. The hijab also frees the women from being thought of as sexual objects of desire or being valued for their looks, or body shape rather than their minds and intellect. Women wearing the hijab have expressed that dressing modestly and covering their hair minimizes sexual harassment in the work
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