Hijab in profession

Source: Dawn

By Sidra Khan; Rawalpindi

WELL, I am new to my self-chosen hijab world but I can feel the problems hijabi girls go through every day. These five months are enough to teach me that the corporate world is really offensive to hijabi girls.

Let me share with you some examples. One of my friends pursuing chartered accountancy was not selected in one of the big four firms just for covering her head and her face.

The other example is my personal experience when I was interviewed by a Pakistani who asked me, “Will you continue to cover your face if you were selected?” Was this a reasonable question to ask of a girl? Obviously not. To my surprise, my selection depends on keeping my face uncovered.

Another example that left me disheartened was when one of my friends, a chartered certified accountant, was being rejected by telecommunication companies, and the reason was her veil.

Asking a girl to unveil herself is not a condition for her successful professional career; it is a disrespect to her moral values.

Being a Muslim and living in Muslim countries like Pakistan, UAE, Turkey etc. while still complaining about veil and hijab is shocking.

I know of a few critics who argue that if a girl is hijabi and wishes to continue hijab according to Islamic teaching, she should also obey the purported Islamic teaching that earning is men’s responsibility not women’s. Although correct, this appears to be like asking a person to either offer prayer five times a day or not offer at all.

In the end I would quote Mother Teresa: “Do good, give the best you have and it may never be enough; give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it’s between you and God. It’s never between you and them anyway.”


Categories: Asia, Hijab, Pakistan

5 replies

  1. “Hijab in profession” – the Hijab is traditional dress in the Middle East – it is naturally out-of-place elsewhere. Time to dump the jews global grabbing influence, grow up, and bring back education and common sense.

  2. A Muslim woman said she was fired as she refused to remove her hijab at work.

    On the third day at her new job at the Fair Oaks Dental Care clinic in Virginia Najaf Khan decided to go into work wearing her head scarf.

    She claimed her boss immediately took her aside and told her to remove it to keep a “neutral environment” and said that the dress item would offend patients. She was allegedly told she would have to remove her hijab otherwise she would lose her job, and she refused.

    Ms Khan said she was excited to begin work at the Fairfax-based clinic and that she wanted to become a dentist.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for the dental clinic to reinstate Ms Khan, and to compensate her for economic and emotional suffering.

    “No employee should face termination because of his or her faith or religious practices,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We call on Fair Oaks Dental Care to reinstate the Muslim employee and to offer her reasonable religious accommodation as mandated by law.” To stop her wearing it is unconstitutional. The US constitution is written in stone and the employer was acting unlawfully. Not a fair treatment. If covering her heard hampers her job than it can be talked about. For anything else its a blatant violation of civil rights.

    My dentist wears a hijab. Guess what, it keeps her hair back, which means, it most likely makes her the most sanitary person in the whole office. Lo-and-behold, her dental work on my mouth doesn’t seem to be hindered at all by her hair being covered. Anymore than the medical mask covering her mouth, or the safety glasses covering her eyes appear to hinder her abilities. Oh, and shocker or shockers, no one is “offended”. We just want our teeth cleaned, ga’dang it!

    If we look to the Mary (peace upon her) she had one also. It one of the reason women Muslim wearing Hijab as respect and love for her (for your information Mary mention many times in Quraan. To wear it, is to obey Gods commandment. The only difference these days is that Muslims in past generations were asleep and blindly heading towards secularism for a long time. But Bush and Blair have woken the Muslims up with their illegal invasions. The new generation are re-evaluating their obligations to God and becoming practicing Muslims again.

    I’ve worked in Saudi for 22 years. Held training classes for young female graduates. Some chose to wear the hijab in class. Their friendly, an assertive behaviour demonstrated the hijab was not a ‘retreat’ and it was entirely their personal choice. No pressure from any male. By the way; how about all the males in America who wear Stetsons or baseball caps as a ‘personality’ affectation?

    There is a large misunderstand on this subject. Most Westerners don’t realise that for most of the 1.7 billion Muslims its the women who have a strong say in the running of the family. A bit like the British home was some 70 years ago or a Southern Mediterranean family in more recent times.

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