Posted by Amtul Q Farhat
Hijab for a day: Non-Muslim women who try the headscarf
World Hijab Day calls on non-Muslim women to try out life under the traditional head scarf.
Can it lead to more religious tolerance and understanding?
“Because I’m not very skilled I’m wearing what you could call a one-piece hijab – you just pull it over your head. But I’ve discovered the scope is endless. There are all sorts of options.”
So says Jess Rhodes, 21, a student from Norwich in the UK. She had always wanted to try a headscarf but, as a non-Muslim, didn’t think it an option. So, when given the opportunity by a friend to try wearing the scarf, she took it.
“She assured me that I didn’t need to be Muslim, that it was just about modesty, although obviously linked to Islam, so I thought, ‘why not?’”