Hijaab reshaping British culture

Another Muslim hijaabi making us proud… And with such a profound message too!

She (and the H&M hijaabi model pictured below) are getting a lot of press.

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Check this out:

“H&M has been largely applauded on social media, with one non-Muslim woman tweeting that she was “so happy that the gorgeous hijab-wearing fashionistas are being represented by a global brand”.

And another social media favourite has been hijab-wearing Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestant Nadiya Hussain, who has galvanised public support with her brilliant flavours, expressiveness and warmth, with many canvassing for “Nadiya as Bake Off queen”.

Comments such as these indicate a much-needed shift in attitudes towards Muslim women. As a strongly politicised sign of religious identity, the hijab has been subject to a complex debate in recent years, with some viewing it as a feminist symbol of liberation, while others disdain it as a symbol of oppression. When I began to wear a headscarf, one friend split no hairs, telling me I was bending to “male enslavement”.

The hijab may have been dressed up by some as being “at odds with society”, but the fact that it is entering popular culture is in itself a celebration of the religious freedoms and universal values that Britain prides itself on.”

Read the full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/28/hijab-h-and-m-mainstream-culture-great-british-bake-off-diversity

And of course, hijaabis making history in England’s Wimbledon: http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/meet-the-muslim-woman-making-history-at-wimbledon–by4zNoWDGx

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