Saturday, December 15, 2007

Why I wear a hijab ... and I don't


Best friends Asmaa Abou Zeidan, middle, and Zahraa El-Zaibak, right, live across the street from each other. One wears the headscarf, known as the hijab, the other doesn’t. The girls tell the Star what everyone wants to know. Why the hijab? And why not?

- Staff reporter

ASMAA ABOU ZEIDAN 

Asmaa Abou Zeidan scans through her closet and – like most mornings – settles on a shirt her mother doesn't like.

It's a white linen button-up blouse, falling just above the knee.

"She thinks it's too tight," the 16-year-old sighs. "She thinks everything I own is too tight. `That's not the way a Muslim girl is supposed to dress. You're supposed to be modest,'" she says.

Asmaa doesn't consider herself super-religious. She reads the Qur'an – when her parents ask her to. She attends mosque, prays five times a day, and believes in Islam, but right now Asmaa's priorities are her family, friends and being 16.

On a typical day, Asmaa likes to hang around school for a bit after the final 3:15 p.m. bell. Sometimes, she and some friends will hop the 43 bus to the Scarborough Town Centre for some shopping. more

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הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

ah, well will western imperialism over madinat al-islam end?! girls are becoming ebarassed to walk out of the house with hijab! a girl who respects her body is more attractive than one who doesn't.

..oh, and uh, funny cartoons. uh, a little disrespectful though...

Anonymous said...

i think that's very good for a Muslim girl/woman to wear hijab it look good

one thing about hijab is that if there is a two guys in the street and two girls are walking in the same street one girl wear hijab and one doesn't and the guys want to rap one which you think the guys going to rap the girl with hijab or the girl with no hijab
and ofcourse the guys will rap the girl with no hijab
that's the one advantage of wearing hijab
Also ALLAH/God put his blessing on those who follow his rule and im a new Muslim girl from California
ASALAM LIKUM WARHMATULLAH WABARAKTU

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