The subject of career and Islam for women essentially boils down to that piece of cloth on our heads as Muslims. There have been series of debate on this very issue.
Non-Muslims have a wide misconception of what the hijab symbolizes. Whiles some associate it to oppression; others believe it is a sign of an alignment with some foreign course.
However, the Hijab is far simpler than the misconceptions people have attached to it. So many career Muslim women at a point in their career can testify to the discrimination and prejudice they receive in the society. Especially one that the majority are of different faith.
The struggle to make society see the need to understand that covering the head does not stifle the brain continuously gets tough as the world seems to grow in diverse ways. Wearing the veil does not hinder a person’s level of education or progression.
We must look beyond what covers the head. The likes of Shamima Muslim among many other eligible Hijabis’ who have so many times proven their worth and what they are capable of have eventually lost opportunities due to that piece of cloth covering their hair.
Growing up as a young girl in one of the typical Zango communities I have ever known, I was not engulfed in the Islamic teaching but the little I knew thought me the importance of veiling. That piece of cloth is just a way of expressing our belief and the love for our religion.
People must learn to look beyond what covers the head.
Nonetheless, I am not oblivious of the fact that Muslim women do not fit into the criteria of most of professional jobs out there. That piece of cloth on the head and a descent dress which defines them is the limitation.
Then again, in recent times, there have been a few companies who actually allow the use of the veil but even that comes with some conditions which need some considerations.
Our challenge as Muslim women who are only demanding for an equal right and respect from non-believers goes beyond discrimination and prejudice. This hurdle continues to grow even in this system of democracy.
As a result of prejudice and discrimination against wearing of the veil. Still clinging to the hope that one day people will become more accepting and respectful of those who are just peacefully expressing their beliefs.