Tudung @ hijab @ headscarf

Rayyan from Little Mosque On The Prairie


What I am about to write here has nothing to do with any issues whatsoever. It’s simply because I am between exams. So, this topic is a mere expression of my own perception on the piece of cloth on muslim women’s head; which is headscarf @ tudung @ hijab. Some people perceive the headscarf as discriminating women, some perceive it makes women beautiful, some say it protects women from harm.

Covering the head of Muslim women is wajib @ obligatory, and I wouldn’t dwell much on the debate. Let people like Raja Petra or Astora Jabat keep debating the wajibness of covering the head, it’s still wajib. Here goes:


  • Wearing hijab is a choice – Yes wearing the hijab is obligatory, but women should have the liberty of choosing to wear or not to wear. Countries which do not give that option to women are discriminating against them, whether they coerce women to don hijab like Saudi Arabia, or banning women from wearing it like France, Singapore, Turkey, Tunisia and recently, Australia’s lobbyist also is about to call for hijab ban. Hijab is not discriminatory, but forcing one to wear, or banning one from it, is undoubtedly discriminatory.
  • Muslim women should be encouraged to wear hijab – Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi relates an indicative story. He said that once he was delivering a speech before thousands of female students in Constantinah, Algeria. The majority of the attendants were without hijab. A female student asked him: What do you think of female students who attend Islamic lectures without wearing the hijab? The answer was expected to be harsh. However, Sheikh Yusuf replied that we should not only welcome her but also encourage her to attend. Any woman’s motive to attend such lectures is a clear sign of inward faith that needs to be stimulated in order to come to the surface. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi concludes that we should not reject the Muslim woman who offers prayer, fasts, and is keen to do her religious duties because she has a weak point and does not wear the hijab. Rather we invoke Allah to strengthen her will and help her commit fully to her Islam.
  • Muslim women who wear hijab should NOT be discouraged from wearing it – often heard “pakai tudung tapi perangai gedik, baik tak payah pakai tudung” (she dons hijab but behaves like a bitch, might as well take off the hijab). This statement shows that hijab is not an indicator whether one is a good Muslim or not, but somehow the way it is often said is misleading. Muslim women should always be encouraged to wear hijab. If she behaves improperly, then the problem is from the inside, not the hijab.
  • Celebrities wearing hijab – are often different from normal people. Living in popular industry is often controversial, you can see they don hijab nicely on drama, but outside drama, you’d see them take off hijab and behaving differently. At least in Indonesia, they’re quite good at producing Islamic dramas, and the Islamic message is sent across. Malaysia’s draggy love dramas still suck 🙂


Indonesian actress Rianti Cartwright is seen playing the role of Aisha in a scene from Indonesian actors Fedi Nuril (L), who plays the role of Fahri, and Rianti Cartwright, who plays the role of Aisha, hold hands in a scene from


Ayat-ayat Cinta actress Rianti Cartwright in the film and outside the film.



Sinetron Soleha – actress Marshanda


17 thoughts on “Tudung @ hijab @ headscarf

  1. Hmm… Sometimes I hope that these actors/actresses will receive hidayah whenever they act in religious movies.

    To me, the outer hijab and inner hijab sbould correspond to each other. The hijab (and the proper covering of the aurat) actually teaches a woman to be humble and not to be proud of her beauty. Not only that, men will not disturb her and be respectful to her.

    But, it’s sad to see so many muslimahs abusing the humble hijab. Maybe it’s because they don’t know why they’re wearing it and how to wear it properly.

  2. i agree with Adawiyah Juzailah.. the real reasons on why one must wear the hijab these days seems to be misleading. some of the reason could be something like “following the trend”. otherwise, it’s simply because of one has gotten used to wearing hijab.maybe back from school, or because they were being told by their parents to do so.

    those wearing hijab nowadays for the wrong reasons/understanding probably sees it fit to cover the hair with hijab and sling the ends of the scarf over the shoulder, bearing the chest, wears a sleeveless baby-T and tight jeans..and consider that they are already covering their aurat. in some other situations, wearing the hijab with a tube, beautiful see-through kebaya with a slit in the skirt (kain).

    about those who don the jihab but acts like a bitch, i have to say that yes, the hijab does them no good. it’s not the hijab that’s at fault, but they themselves. we should not discourage them from wearing the hijab but on the other hand, Islam suffers, getting bad impression from both muslims and especially non-muslims. the reason being that not everyone is really aware about the real meaning and concept of HIJAB and covering the aurat. the word COVER here holds a big definition on WHAT is to be covered, WHY and HOW the aurat should be covered.

    albeit, hijab or no hijab, what’s on the inside is the one that really counts.

    about hijab ban, why should only muslim women be involved? although aurat may not be an issue in most of the other religions, aren’t nuns also wearing a head cover? even if they are not called hijab, why is it only MUSLIMS (especially women) are affected when it comes to covering their aurat and hair?

  3. hmmm… one muslim must understand their mistakes and change it for the better… yes, muslimah must cover their aura but sadly now a days some muslimah doesn’t care to cover their aura… as long as we live lets pray for our muslim brother and sister that they will change for ALLAH(s.w.t.) sakes… spread ISLAM must be our concern… Just keep praying and dont give up… n_n

  4. To quote from your entry above:
    “Countries which do not give that option to women are discriminating against them, whether they coerce women to don hijab like Saudi Arabia, or banning women from wearing it like France, Singapore, Turkey, Tunisia and recently, Australia’s lobbyist also is about to call for hijab ban.”

    please get your facts right – i am a Muslimah from SINGAPORE and never has the government forbidden us singaporeans from donning the hijab. the status is just like in malaysia whereby we have the freedom to choose whether to wear the tudung or not. so stop getting misconceptions and then spreading the wrong message across to the public.

    I understand the freedom of speech in blogs but at least get your facts rights first before making such sweeping statements. You may get into trouble with the authorities, young man. And what a shame that a neighbour does not even understand another neighbour’s basic culture… tsk tsk.

  5. “banning women from wearing it” – WOMEN in public school? u sure? GIRLS attend public school, not WOMEN. i am a teacher in a public school myself and my fellow teacher WOMEN friends do wear hijab to public schools to teach. so what’s the problem? and for goodness sake, your statement is a totally wrong reflection of the situation here so stop trying to be a social analyst when what you say is not even based on proper research. i suggest you take that statement away instead of insisting that you are right when your facts are obviously wrong – seperti menegakkan benang yang basah. hah!

  6. sorry perhaps i was quite nasty in my previous remarks. as a muslimah i should be more patient. *deep breath*

    so let me explain the real situation here.

    yes, we do not wear hijab to public school except if we are studying in a religious school, ie. madrasah. but government has reasons for that, which direct towards uniformity. if tudung is allowed, more problems could arise which may cause racial/religious tensions due to lack of uniformity.

    but, government has definitely not disallowed any Muslim ladies from donning the tudung. even as teachers in public schools, if you choose to wear tudung, nobody will discriminate against you or chase you out of work. same applies to anywhere else you choose to work in. you see people in tudung everywhere in the streets of Singapore!

    i am not a representative of the government or anything, but i am just quite perturbed by the fact that many Malaysians seem to have misconceptions about the Muslims or even Malays here. for instance, i know of some Malaysians who think that mosques do not exist in Singapore, when in actual fact mosques are built in every single neighbourhood here.

    the fact is, we are not being marginalised as Muslims here. in fact, everything is done in the name of fairness and equality to all races and religions. I am happy to be a Muslim in this country. perhaps you should make yourself free one day to visit Singapore so you could understand our situation here better.


    • Yeah of course not the teachers but the students who go to public school cannot don the hijab. While fairness and equality are appreciated, the freedom to practice religious life is not – which is a kind of a constitutional conflict of your government. Girls still wear uniforms in Malaysia and still they can don hijab as they wish. I can’t understand why uniformity prohibits tudung in Singapore.

      I know things are much better down there than Malaysia. But, marginalized or not – that can be saved for another debate. I am just talking about hijab, not politics. Going emotional is not gonna make your opinion any stronger.

      I have the right to state my opinion on hijab in Singapore or any other countries for that matter. It’s called the freedom of speech.

      • I’ve experienced years of formal education in singapore. primary, secondary, junior college level, all wearing the school uniform without the hijab. alhamdulillah i’m now in uni, where i do wear the head scarf. i do not know why my parents did not send me to a madrasah where wearing the head scarf is mandatory, but it is not my place to question them.

        in my experience of going through a total of 12 years under singapore’s secular education system, i think i can safely reason that whether one wears the hijab to school or not, does not impact the religious development of the person. rather, education by parents and other learned elders bear significantly more weight. i know of girls who undergo 10 to 12 years in madrasah, but still opt to unveil themselves outside school. that said, i do have friends who never wore the head scarf during formal education outside school, but changed after entering university.

        about the government’s desire to maintain uniformity in schools, it stems from the desire to totally separate religion and politics. if you’ve heard about the AWARE saga, which you should have, singaporeans in general also feel strongly about this. the church and state is, and it seems will be for a long time, separate in singapore. this makes sense to protect the minorities. the muslims are among the minority in singapore. imagine if say, christian mass are held in public (non-missionary) schools. imagine how i would feel as a muslim. sorta left out, if you wish. doesn’t anyone care that i’m a muslim in multi-religious singapore? it’s not a matter of clothes, it’s the principle behind it.

        the hijab is such a controversial issue, and i accept that. I don’t understand it though. what’s wajib is wajib. however ladies nowadays have a choice, and imposing ideas on anyone is not gonna work. God forbid, it might harden their hearts.
        let time and education, together with God’s Nur open up our hearts to accept His path.

  7. A healthy debate (I rather call it a discussion) between you (efenem) and “apeee je”. Whatever it is, those who are already wearing hijab should continue showing their dignity by respecting others first before we want them to respect us…



  8. wearing hijab is wajib for muslim women when they in public. It is an obligation from Allah same as Salah, zakat, hajj and etc.

    We obey this in order to gain Redha Allah and that is the only our aim on this world. We do what Allah & Rasul obliged on us to do, and we forbid what Allah & Rasul forbid us to do.

    For the sake of Redha Allah only even though feel hard.

  9. Hijab or tudung should be banned from schools, universities, hospitals, Parliament, TV, frontline staff, where the person wearing represents a secular government official or is a teacher, lecturer or even student.

    Fine to wear hijab or tudung at home, at the market, travelling, visiting friends, mosque, etc. Not fine when the person is representing secular system e.g. schools, civil service.

    As a compromise, the government might allow the wearing of a light sheer scarf or chiffon scarf. But the wearer should wear the scarf without visor, double scarf, under scarf, head band, hair band, or anything that makes the wearer look like a nun or a religious teacher. Wearing a light simple sheer scarf is a reasonable compromise rather than insist the woman remove the hijab or tudung or quit her frontline job.

    Exceptions can be made if the woman is undergoing chemotherapy, or if it is for sport, or there is machinery or equipment that can catch the light scaft. Only in those exceptions should the woman be allowed something else, preferably some special modified headgear rather than a tudung.

  10. I skipped over some of the content in the middle of the comment section, so I apologize in advance if this issue was already addressed. Is wearing the hijab banned in Singapore? I refer to your article ” banning women from wearing it like France, Singapore, Turkey, Tunisia and…”
    Would appreciate the clarification.
    Thought T saw my neighbour there with the hijab on…

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