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An After­noon With The Hijjabed

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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


  1. 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. 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

  3. 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.

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

  5. Muneera Sajeer Reply

    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.

  6. Doesnt matter Reply

    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.

  7. Muhammad Hashim Reply

    Hijab aka tudung rulez la. Allahu Akbar.

    All good girls must wear hijab, la.

  8. 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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