World Hijab Day might have been designed to dispel any misconceptions about hijab, but sometimes too much awareness of a religious garment can invite ludicrous questions that can at times be borne out of genuine curiosity and at other times, out of prejudice.
We’ve compiled some funny questions and remarks that some Muslim women have received in relation to their hijab.
How can you find a husband if there’s nothing to see? I got that one in Italy from an old man.
‘Does she sleep with it?’ (Asked to a friend by a guy)
‘Do you have to wear black?’
‘Are you allowed to show me a little of your hair?’
‘Did your dad make you wear it?’
‘Don’t you think it’s outdated and you’re making things harder for all women?’
‘Why don’t you take it off and see if you prefer that?’
‘Are you Muslim?’ (Other Muslims have asked me this!)
I was asked to take it off if I was going to stay at a hostel for women (it was part of a convent)- by a nun in a habit. She was in her habit.
During university days, one guy who had never seen a Muslim before asked me if I had an ear infection? He genuinely wanted to know why I covered my head.
Do you wear it allll the time? Even in bed?
Do you not feel hot in it?
Do you bother to brush your hair since you wear hijaab?
‘No bad hair day’ some people used to say to me
Do you have a different colour for each day of the week?
Are there different hijabs for married and single women?
Are you, like, Hindu or something?
I wore it when I was 16 and people thought my parents had forced me and my reaction was “seriously? You think anyone can force me?” I don’t think they believed me 😂
I’ve never been asked about my hijaab bar one woman who asked why I was in a church as a Muslim. I was like ‘don’t worry love, I won’t burst into flames.’
I started to wear my hijab after marriage so you can only imagine the questions I got asked! 😂 my poor husband and in-laws were accused of all sorts. It didn’t bother me as such. I found that the worst questions were from people within my own culture that didn’t wear it and had an issue with me wearing it which was the most shocking to me!
“Is there a reason you wear dark colours?” (on the one day I wore a dark colour).
“Do you always wear black robes?”
“Yes… they’re slimming…”
Not to me but a niqabi sister who had a guy staring her down on the tube one evening. As he goes to get off, he leans in and whispers:
“I’ll bet you’re absolutely stunning under all those veils!”