Some Muslim women, at different stages of their lives and at different times after their decision to wear hijab, struggle with it.
Not necessarily with the belief that it is obligatory — although some Muslim women may have a problem with that — but with different factors: on the most basic level, come summer, if you aren't careful with the material of your hijab, it's not exactly the most comfortable thing to wear.
And then there's the dealing with the fact that people sometimes treat you differently—yes, even in Muslim countries.
But the real killer is all the ranting, the debate, the articles, the speeches, on and on and on about hijab. What's amazing is that usually those talking about it the most are those who don't even wear it.
So what is it about hijab? Why are Muslim women still wearing it? How can a piece of cloth attract so much attention? Isn't it hot under there?
Discourse on hijab is often accompanied by a list of dos and don'ts that women are supposed to follow. But is it all about rules and restrictions? Some Muslims claim that hijab is not obligatory. Is there a real debate within Islam regarding this issue? Understand the nature of hijab and the philosophy behind it by reading:
- The Hijab… Why??
- Hijab… a Must, Not a Choice
- Is Hijab a Qur'anic Commandment?
- Praying and Fasting Enough... No Need For Hijab?!
- The Importance of Hijab…
Hijab can not only be difficult in normal situations when you're living in a non-Muslim-majority country, it can be a real struggle when Islam and Muslims are suddenly being accused wholesale of terrorism. So how can a Muslim woman practice her religion in a Western country? Read the following answers to find out:
How easy is it to wear hijab? What personal problems do women face with regards to hijab? Obviously with all that covering, these women don't get enough fun or sun, right? Think again and find out if there are any gardens for veiled Muslim women. How do women feel when they wear the hijab? Read the reflections of Muslim women about hijab:
- Why I Wear the Muslim Headscarf
- When Faith Is Shaken…
- The Right Time to Convert
- Can I Remove My Hijab?
- Hijab in Summer