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Last night I received the below comment regarding what I am doing with sixteenR.com and the blog. In this post I am sharing with you my response to the Commentator. Please always feel free to send over your thoughts.
Isn’t the hijab supposed to hide ones beauty rather than being a means to flaunt it. As this is obviously what you are doing. Yes beauty under the hijab not on top of it please.
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The traditional interpretation of hijab is to tone down your beauty, tone done your power, and blend in so that you are one among many. Men in such society have since the beginning of time, have traditionally taken on the role of a primary bread earner. However, we live in a very different world now. Gone are the days of the passive woman from Jakarta to Dhaka, from Melbourne to Cairo, from Istanbul to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, more and more women are having to step outside their home and take on the challenges of today and tomorrow to supplement or in a lot of cases takeover the role of primary bread earner.
In the current global and political scape, I feel that Muslim women who choose to practice their religion, particularly practice wearing a headscarf, are placed at a disadvantage. Look at Turkey. Look at France. They have gone so far as to banning the hijab in their public institutions.
So that begs the question, how does the average Muslim women in a business world make herself stand out compared to her colleagues if she chooses to dress with a headscarf? Obviously she may choose not to wear a knee-length skirt or sleeveless dress, as do many women wear in modern working day society and rely on sheer meritocracy for advancement. One way to make herself stand out is by attenuating her headscarf, wear a scarf that presents her as beautiful, well-dressed, and strong- with no negative connotations. Something that does not put her in the background compared to her colleagues, but places her as a forerunner by making everyone around her respect her and feel her empowerment. Most important to make the Muslim woman feel empowered. This is true not only the business world, but also in the many other roles that women take on.
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