UK Hijab

The Headscarf Isn't An Islamic Compulsion

Ayesha Ijaz Khan | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Ayesha Ijaz Khan

As the relationship between growing migrant Muslim populations and the western nations that host them grows increasingly complex, the controversy over...

Unicorns, Hijab, And Identity

Hanan Issa | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanan Issa

I am drawn to the unique. As a child I was painfully reminded of my own Otherness when a neighbour's mother told me I had 'filthy black hands'. From that point onwards I have felt a natural affinity with the unusual, the different.

To Hijab Or De-jab?

Shazmeen Khalid | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shazmeen Khalid

Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing which has been central to me writing it; I don't know if I want to continue wearing the hijab.

Can We Put Religion On Hold At Work?

Meliha Hayat | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Meliha Hayat

Being a Muslim woman, society has defined my life in many different ways, but one thing I can tell you, is that out of all of those adjectives, dull certainly won't appear on that list. We are always a focal point of discussion and let's face it my presence could liven up any dismal gathering. My very being is always brought to question, as many struggle to decide whether my hijab is a symbol of empowerment or mark of oppression.

Is The Hijab Being Turned Into Everything It Stands Against?

Priya Jasmin Begum | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Style
Priya Jasmin Begum

Understandably, many Muslims are welcoming these companies' moves. Why not? It is a sign that we are being acknowledged as consumerists. Companies have discovered a niche in the market from social media where hijab fashion bloggers have created a platform for themselves and are using apps, in particular Instagram, to showcase modest fashion.

ECJ Ruling: Policing The Muslim Woman's Body

Priya Jasmin Begum | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Priya Jasmin Begum

The European Court of Justice has just ruled that religious symbols, such as hijabs, turbans and kippahs may be banned in the workplace. This is no less than an attack on people that practice a religion and are required to wear visible religious symbols; most of whom are ethnic minorities. It essentially legalises discrimination. And the right wing are celebrating.

Why Vogue Arabia's First Cover Was A Disappointment

Reem El-Shazly | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Style
Reem El-Shazly

The funniest part of the cover is that most Westerns always talk about how oppressing hijab must be and how we, Muslim women, need to be freed from such oppression, but the first thing they decide to put in a photo-shoot to look artistic and ethnic is our hijab.

I Cycled To Iran And Found A Warm, Hospitable Country - But Women's Rights Has A Long Way To Go

Rebecca Lowe | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Rebecca Lowe

The woman, 37, was a PhD student at the local university. She was married, but lived alone because her husband remarried nine years ago after she told him she didn't want children. They never divorced, however, so she was unable to leave the country without his consent.

What A Woman Wears Is A Woman's Choice

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I grew up wearing the face-veil as an act of worship. I live in a liberal, secular society that is politically charged and highly divided. For me, the face-veil has multiple meanings and dimensions; it is not reduced to "a piece of cloth," nor is it exclusively a religious symbol.

The Commercialisation Of Islam

Khadija Ahmed | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Khadija Ahmed

Although some may perceive it a movement of empowerment and pessimistic recognition, to me, the commercialisation of Islam is clouded in contradictions, considering the rise of this phenomenon started in western countries in Europe, the US

Five Things You Should Know Before Converting To Islam

Jay Islaam | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

Joining any religious community is fraught with culture shocks and the danger of committing unforgivable faux pas. As one of the best Muslims in the country - possibly the world - I'm in a strong position to give some pointers about what Lindsay can expect should she officially decide to join the faith.

Head Scarves: 21 Ways To Style Your Hijab

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Style

It is always good to have some inspiration on standby for when your wardrobe is letting you down. Here are 21 ways to style your hijab like a boss, ...

Muslim Women Reveal What It's Like To Wear A Hijab In The US

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK

American Muslim women have spoken out about the extreme reactions they’ve witnessed to wearing a Hijab in public, including being held at gunpoint a...

Muslim Fashion Blogger Creates Range Of Hijabs For All Skin Tones

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Style

A Birmingham-based fashion blogger has designed a range of hijabs catering to all skin tones. Habiba Da Silva (centre, in the image below) created the...

Woman Turns Her Hijab Into Amazing Harley Quinn Costume

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Style

Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’ is officially one of the most popular Halloween costumes of 2016, but a new take on the Margot Robbie-inspired loo...

A Letter To Noor Tagouri

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sufiya Ahmed

The storm will eventually die down, InshaAllah, and by the time it does you will have gained new ideas that otherwise might not have crossed your path. It is within this perspective that I hope you will consider my reasons for entering this debate. I am writing to you not because I share your faith, but because I share your gender.

Noor Tagouri And Playboy: Through Another Lens

Khadija Ahmed | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Khadija Ahmed

What saddened me about this whole controversy is that most of the people criticising Tagouri's interview where ones totally oblivious to the actual content, of it which had nothing to do with what Playboy is famously known for. They were fuming at the mere fact that the word 'hijabi' and 'Playboy' were being used in the same sentence.

The Acceptance Of Hijab, Just Won't Happen Through The Catwalk

Shohana Khan | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Shohana Khan

New York Fashion Week's collection by Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan, did not just cause ripples of excitement in the fashion world, but in the perh...

Women's Running Magazine Features Woman In Hijab On Front Cover For First Time

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Rahaf Khatib is the first woman to grace the cover of Women’s Running magazine wearing a hijab. The six-time marathon runner and mum-of-three has ap...

NYFW Show Brings Hijabs To The Catwalk In The Most Beautiful Way

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Style

Wednesday 14 September was a big day in the history of New York Fashion Week. Not only was it the first time an Indonesian designer had been included ...

Glasgow Dentist’s Hijab Set On Fire As She Shopped In New York City

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK

A Scottish tourist wearing a hijab had the sleeve of her blouse set alight in New York, just hours before the city commemorated the victims lost in 9/...

France's Ban On The Burkini Is A Problem For Humanity Not Just Muslim Women

Hanan Issa | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Hanan Issa

Whether you agree with the concept of hijab, burkinis, or modest wear in general is beside the point. Every woman should be allowed to consent to reveal or cover her own body. Her choice. Not an armed police guard and not a town Mayor's.

Muslim Fencer Wears a Hijab - You Won't Believe What Happens Next!

Zubin Madon | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Sport
Zubin Madon

A Muslim woman made history by wearing a hijab at the Olympics, while representing (one of the) the greatest secular democracies on the planet, where nobody is whipped or imprisoned for immodest dressing.

The Hijab: More Than Just a Piece of Cloth

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

The hijab worn by Muslim women is still regarded by many as a problematic ideological symbol; thereby making many women vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, and violence. Islamophobia that is spreading in some parts of the world should be scrapped because, as a religion, Islam is the same as other dominant religions in the world; namely, one that respects differences. Would it not be boring if everyone was uniform in their beliefs?

There's a Hijabi in the New Season of 'Orange Is the New Black' - And She Is Awesome

Hanan Issa | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hanan Issa

She wasn't shown to be a zealot constantly praying or sharing words of wisdom with her fellow inmates. She read books not exclusively about Islam and even participated in a money-making scheme some of the other African-American inmates organised. She. Is. Normal. And I can't tell you how awesome it is to see a 'normal' Muslim on TV.