It’s impossible not to feel comfortable around Reema Rehman. She smiles easily and her eyes could melt a glacier. But it’s impossible to know whether her hair is curly or straight.

Like a growing number of women in the U.S., Rehman wears the hijab, a cloth worn by Muslim women to cover their hair. The term also refers to dressing modestly in accordance with one’s Islamic faith, according to a definition provided by

The practice of wearing the hijab is based on religious doctrine found in the Quran, the Islamic Holy Book. Women who wear the hijab must also wear loose, modest clothing that covers the arms and legs.

Many women choose to wear it because they want to be valued by their character and intellect, and not by their looks…


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