Hijab could be seen as the symbol of Muslim women especially in the Western countries. Most of those who cover their hairs with hijabs are proud of their hijabs; on the other hand, there are also quite a few Muslim women who do not wear hijabs. What is good and bad for both options?
First of all, here is the positive side of wear choice. Hijab is often described as the identity of Muslim women. It clearly shows who she is and what she believes; therefore, most of those who wear hijabs are proud of their hijabs. Next, it only defines her face but other parts of her. Think of an eyeliner. It makes women’s eyes highlighted and gets other people’s attention in the eyes and people tend to ignore something else. So Muslims think hijabs can protect women from sexual harassment and crime as the Arabic word “hijab” originally means “protection”.
Negative side is the harassment especially after 9/11. The impression toward Islam and Muslims has been worst, and they often got bullied by other people. Since hijab definitely shows who she is, hijabi women spent hard time right after 9/11.
However, there are even some non-Muslim women who wear hijab. World Hijab Day is the day when non-Muslim women wear hijab to know what Muslim women with hijabs feel in daily life and it has been established after 9/11. Also, even though this kind of case is very rare, there are a few non-Muslim women who decided to wear hijab because they thought hijab is “beautiful” and “cool”.
Secondly, there are some reasons why some Muslim women do not wear hijabs. Its positive side is of course they can easily fit in non-Islam society. You do not have to be afraid of haters’ attacks or insults, and spend normal life like the others. In southern part of the US, this choice is very effective since it is famous for the place of redneck Christians.
The negative side of not-to-wear is that they may get harsh objection from other Muslims because they think wearing hijab is a part of practice of Islam. Indeed, it could be violation against Qur’an, but non-hijabis claim that there are much more important doctrines to follow such as prayer and hajj.
In conclusion, there are various choices about hijab based on many reasons. Fortunately, both sides are confident of their own choice. Moreover, hijab is becoming a part of fashion for some non-Muslim women. After all, wearing hijab is surely the matter of individual feeling.