DHAKA – A Bangladeshi non-governmental women group has held a four-day hijab fair in Bangladesh, offering Muslim women the latest fashion of the Islamic headscarf and sending an out loud message that hijab is a part of Muslim women life.
“Our aim to organize the ‘Hijab Fair’ is to reach message all people that hiajb is sign of modesty,” Yahia Md Amin, the event manager at Mercy Mission, told OnIslam.net at the hijab fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Amin was speaking at the first hijab fair to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The fair, held from February 26- March 1, is organized by Mercy Mission Bangladesh at WVA (Women's Volunteer Association) Auditorium in Dhaka.
The fair was attended by lucrative Hijab-stores of the city which shared their latest products of hijab and modest fashion for Muslim women.
Leading hijab and Abaya makers and hijab designer firms have also participated in the Hijab fair.
Along with the Hijab stalls, other activities were marked during the fair, including offering Da`wah books, food, jewelries, and handicrafts.
“I’ve been wearing hijab for the last four years due to religious and spiritual reasons,” Dr. Nasrin Nahar MBBS, M. Phil, who works as a physician in a government hospital in Dhaka, told OnIslam.net.
“I have attended this hijab fair to see different style of hijab and buy some hijab,” she added.
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
Acknowledging the fact that hijab was an obligation on Muslim women, Nahar asserted that donning hijab was a personal preference by her.
“My husband and anybody not to bind to me wearing hijab,” she also said.
Held to encourage Muslim women to don fashionable and modest veils, the fair gave a platform for a lucrative business in Bangladesh.
“Our aim to wearing full jilbab of woman from non-hijab through consultancy,” Maria said.
“Hijab making and sales is not only my business this is way for me to boost up my Iman also,” Hanium Maria Chowdhury, owner of Tahoor and fashion designer, told OnIslam.net.
“Our aim to wearing full jilbab of woman from non-hijab through consultancy.”
Chowdhury added that the number of women donning Islamic headscarf has been increasing day by day in Bangladesh.
According to her, the phenomenon reflected a good trend among Bangladeshi women.
Nusrat Rahman, partner of Identity, an online hijab sales house, agreed that the hijab fair offered them an opportunity to gain virtue.
“Hijab making and sales is my business as well as to earn sawab means virtue through the hijab sales,” Nusrat Rahman told OnIslam.net at her stall in the hijab fair in Dhaka.
Other attendants at the fair have expressed joy over the decision to hold the country’s first hijab fair.
“Hijab is my identity and Allah asked to me to do wearing hijab,” Sania Alam (18), student of eleven class, told this OnIslam.net at venue of Hijab Fair 2014 in Dhaka.
‘I come to the hijab fair just to see the different fashion of hijab and abaya in the fair, Tania Anwar, who holds MA in English, added.