Topics: North America, Islam, Physical Appearance Pages: 2 (703 words) Published: March 4, 2013
This essay provided a lot of information into the reason behind wearing the hijab. I always knew that the scarf was part of Muslim tradition, however I never fully understood why women wore it. Mustafa provides a powerful message about the hijab and educates on the meaning behind the garment. The tone of the piece was one of pride. Mustafa speaks of the hijab in a way quite contrary to how I thought Muslim women felt about wearing it. She explains that the meaning behind it is not to keep women covered up for a bad reason. She explains that wearing it is actually quite liberating. She states that, “Wearing the hijab has given me freedom from constant attention to my physical self. Because my appearance is not subjected to public scrutiny, my beauty, or perhaps lack of it, has been removed from the realm of what can be legitimately discussed.” The voice in this piece really emphasizes the fact that all people are equal and no one should be judged on their physical appearance. ”The only thing that makes one person better than another is her or his character.” I believe the intended audience for this piece was North Americans who know little about the hijab or Muslim religion. Personally, I had no idea why Muslim women wore a scarf that covered their head, neck, and throat. After reading this essay though, I am more knowledgeable and have some understanding of part of Muslim culture. As Mustafa explains, people often misinterpret the meaning behind the hijab. They think she wears it because she is forced to, or because she is cold. The author has provided some educational insight into part of  her culture in hopes of people becoming more understanding and tolerant of other’s choices to embrace their heritage. I believe the purpose for this piece of writing was to educate individuals about the hijab and Muslim culture. I don’t think a lot of people know that the hijab is worn as a way to promote equality. If you think about it, the meaning behind the garment makes a...
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