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Why do some Muslim women cover their hair and others don't?

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It could be cultural. Why don't you ask them? In Iran women are forced to cover up outside - there are female police who patrol the streets and issue citations if you don't wear their ridiculous mandated clothes. They discourage men from wearing Western clothing too. In Afghanistan women are treated like dogs and pretty much wear the blue burka all the time, which I do not believe is coincidental. In Saudi Arabia they are all dressed in black due to Islamic law controlling everyone as if they were automatons. It varies by country, region, and the particular family. In Turkey you barely see the head scarf at all because the secular government had banned it in universities and some other places. To some women the head scarf is an important sign of modesty and they wear it by choice (kudos to them), while to others it is an oppressive way for governments to tell other people how to dress. I think the idea behind that the scarf is that if a woman dresses "modestly" that men will somehow ... more
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Most Muslim women I know don't wear the hijab. I think the main reason is they were not used to wearing it in the family (or even the culture if it's a non Muslim country) they were brought up in or because they don't think it's necessary in Islam. So it could be the upbringing and the knowledge they have of Islam. Many I know would like to wear it but just not used to it even if they are religious - I know a friend who said she wants to but feels she will be rejected or treated differently at work so in the next work place she plans to wear it from the beginning - she went for an interview in hijab just to test. For some reason a lot of new Muslims I think find it more easy to start wearing it. I guess a lot of Muslims still are not sure if it compulsory or not. Personally I am not used to wearing it and I like hijab, and find it difficult to wear it but will want to wear it sooner or later as it's obvioulsy better as stated in the Quran and Sunna. Others I know start wearing it at ... more
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