The clothing that Muslim women wear to conceal their head and body is called ‘hijab. It is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by a female Muslim beyond the age of puberty in the attempt to gain respect in the presence of adult males other than their immediate family.The wearing of hijab has rooted from the religious text of Islam called Koran (or Quran) which instructed that both Muslim men and women dress-up in a modest way.Most often, it is worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty, privacy and morality.
Wearing of hijab is a way of liberating female Muslim from the norms of the world. It safeguards them from the liberated fashion styles, media advertisements and numbers of things the world could offer so they forget the things they highly value as a Muslim. Wearing a haijb is a way of expressing oneself as valuable and precious comparable to a treasure hidden for a long time waiting for the right time to be spent wisely. Muslim women reached the state of self-actualization, gaining more self-confidence and self-respect. They felt secure for who they are in the world they were in.
Surprisingly, there are some women who developed revolution within themselves whether to wear or not. In the Facebook there is a page called “My Stealthy Freedom” featuring women across Iran posting photos of them without the hijab. This page has around 150 photos in it showing women on the beach, on the street etc. without their scarfs on. This page hit 130,000 likes.
"I loathe the hijab. I too like the feel of the sun and the wind on my hair. Is this a big sin?" someone commented.
She has a point. However, will this put her Muslim values in jeopardy? Whether to wear or not to wear hijab mainly depends on someone’s conviction. We don’t have to argue with that.