An After­noon With The Hijjabed

This is a short stu­dent film (8:29) from Mul­ti­me­dia Uni­ver­si­ty, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The video is a col­lec­tion of inter­views with five women, all of whom wear a tudung (head-cov­er) to one extent or anoth­er. Each of the women answer a series of ques­tions (e.g., What is aurat?” Why do you wear the hij­jab?” and so on) to the best of their abil­i­ties. The film is inter­est­ing in that it cap­tures a cross-sec­tion of women who cov­er them­selves for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. You have the very tra­di­tion­al Zulaikha who wears both the tudung and niqab, Natasha, who wears a scarf that cov­ers almost noth­ing for the least sat­is­fac­to­ry rea­sons, and three oth­ers who all wear a tra­di­tion­al tudung although one, Wawa, a stu­dent, appar­ent­ly would take hers off in pub­lic giv­en the right cir­cum­stances (i.e., when she’s with friends).

Per­haps the best line in the doc­u­men­tary is from the cig­a­rette-smok­ing art direc­tor, Ley­la, who said very direct­ly, I am a Mus­lim woman, and I’m not afraid to show it.”Endmark







10 responses to “An After­noon With The Hijjabed”

  1. Silencers Avatar

    I’m an MMU stu­dent and I know how old this video is. Please take note that this video was done as an assign­ment, a faux doc­u­men­tary done in a satir­i­cal flavour.

  2. Don Lapre Jeffery Avatar
    Don Lapre Jeffery

    Assala­mu ALaikum …Accord­ing to me, it is good to every woman to wear both the tudung and niqab..and it is a com­pul­so­ry one for the muslims…isn’t it????! :roll : Vas­sala­mu Alaikum !

    Don Lapre Jeffery

  3. real man Avatar
    real man

    Well the best thing the islam­ic man could do is leave these poor girls alone let them wear what ever they wish with­out fear of get­ting there ass whiped or worse oh allah would­nt mind cmon why is hair show­ing a bad thing you men think if your women lets some­one see her hair that will make oth­er men want her and that makes you lose pow­er over your women because if they tire of you beat­ing them they can replace your stuck up old ass with a new man maybe you go home and tell your women your sor­ry for being i stuck up up tight dick head she might for­give you allah will have you wip­ing his ass in hell for treat­ing your women badly

  4. Dian Avatar

    As a Malaysian, I am mor­ti­fied to see our ([in]famous) cul­tur­al ver­sa­til­i­ty” in inter­pret­ing Islam on a dig­i­tal reel post­ed online, no less.

    There are five women in the short movie and only 1 that I can safe­ly say is a Mus­lim woman. The oth­ers are not or I can’t vouch for it.

    The fash­ion girl with the scarf and sun­glass­es is just a fash­ion­able girl. If Islam is her faith, it is mere­ly coin­ci­den­tal to fash­ion that she dons a pret­ty scarf on her head. I hope she was just a non-hijab girl read­ing a script and nobody is real­ly that clueless.

    The girl with the white hijab wear­ing a baby‑t has no idea why she’s wear­ing the hijab. She’s mere­ly wear­ing it like a sheep because it was asked of her at one point and she fig­ures it’s decent one way or anoth­er. Again, I hope she was just read­ing a script although these kind of girls are pret­ty com­mon. Though these types are just tran­si­tion­al, they just need to research more about hijab before it comes to have (more) val­ue for them.

    The girl smok­ing is so delud­ed. She wants to make a state­ment about Mus­lim girls being ver­sa­tile. She wants to prove her­self to the west­ern world. A hijab girl has noth­ing to prove to any­one and like­ly it would be an insult to her dig­ni­ty if she was per­ceived as try­ing to appeal to west­ern cul­ture. We are the way we are, con­served, dig­ni­fied, sacred and beau­ti­ful. All that make­up and cig­a­rettes just don’t jive. I this it’s obvi­ous and I agree with her script that non-hijab girls can­not be stereo­typ­i­cal­ly cast as bad. She her­self has proven the adverse. I think at one point she also implied her inten­tion to hijab is that it appeals to men (hijab=man-bait). Unfor­tu­nate­ly these kind of girls are pret­ty com­mon as well, I’ve come across a few myself. Again, she nev­er actu­al­ly puffed through­out the whole short movie, so I hope she was just read­ing the script and real girls watch­ing this clip can see the joke.

    The girl in the burqa is a Mus­lim girl who has found solace in her reli­gion. I admire her for it and I too know the secu­ri­ty you gain from garb­ing your­self in cloth that averts male non-mahram eyes. How­ev­er, there is the dan­ger of slip­ping into fanati­cism and per­ceiv­ing one’s self spir­i­tu­al­ly bet­ter than oth­ers i.e. height­en­ing nar­cis­sism, which is not Islam. A pos­si­bil­i­ty, but not absolute. She’s prob­a­bly well and good, wallahu’alim.

    The girl prop­er­ly hijabed in blue was the only real hijab girl. Because a hijab clothes you phys­i­cal­ly but you as a Mus­li­ma need to match it with your hijabed man­ner­isms and speech. No make­up, embell­ish­ments or such social acces­sories, just a cour­te­ous mature woman ; decent­ly pre­sent­ed and social­ly respectable.

    I’ve rant­ed my 2 cents ; thanks.

  5. Umm Zahra Avatar
    Umm Zahra

    I think the video shows the truth about Mus­lim Women. We aren’t all per­fect and we don’t come in one stan­dard size.

  6. Muneera Sajeer Avatar
    Muneera Sajeer

    Assala­mu ALaikum Wa rahmathullah

    Good to see so many girls wear­ing hijab prop­er­ly. Masha Allah. I think we have to make girls wear hijab when they are small. Only then it will become a habit. They have to start wear­ing at the age of 4 onwards. I start­ed wear­ing tudung when I was 5 years old. Then it became a habit and now I can­not go out with­out it. I feel like I am naked if I dont wear the hijab.

    Good teach­ings from Islam have to be made part of our chil­drens lifestyle from ear­ly on. Then they wont find it dif­fi­cult to practise.

  7. Doesnt matter Avatar
    Doesnt matter

    Lis­ten, dont post these kind of videos. Cmoon for god sake you have a girl half dressed, some girl smok­ing a cig­a­r­rete, anoth­er girl blushed with make­up all over her face. Man are these women sup­posed to be rep­re­sent­ing Islam ? Of course not ! (except two of them). Take it off.

  8. Muhammad Hashim Avatar
    Muhammad Hashim

    Hijab aka tudung rulez la. Allahu Akbar.

    All good girls must wear hijab, la.

  9. tariq Avatar

    always had spe­cial inter­est in Malaysia and every­thing Malaysian since my vis­it to this coun­try in 2003. Sad­ly i could­nt see the video above as i use the uni­ver­si­ty computer.

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