Can a Muslimah Hijabi Straighten Their Hair? Answering Quoras Most Interesting Questions About Muslim Women

by Ameera Hammouda

We did some research of the web’s most searched questions about or by Muslimahs. Many non-Muslims are fascinated by Muslim culture. Others are ignorant and quick to judge. Regardless, they all come with questions.

We originally intended to answer some questions about modest Muslimah fashion for you, but we found these five to be pretty alarmingly interesting. So can Muslim women straighten their hair- find out more below.

1. Do Muslim Women Swap Husbands With Their Besties?

Unfortunately, Muslims are not responsible for the Paramount Network Wife Swap season 13 revival.

Muslims believe in happily ever after and swapping husbands is not part of Islamic marriage. The ultimate goal is to find a husband the Muslimah loves and to remain happily married. If her and her husband grow apart Muslim women are empowered to divorce if it gets to that point. They can then find a new husband after but not during a current marriage.

2. Is It Racist to Wear a Head Scarf and Not Be Muslim?

Muslims are very tolerant people. The head scarf is not unique to Islam. Many women worldwide wear headscarves. Some wear it for religious reasons and others wear it as a fashion statement. 

If you find your heart aching to wear a head scarf, by all means, go for it!

What has been disappointing in the past is the double standards surrounding Muslimahs in hijabs. The head scarf is shamed when it is worn by Muslim women and deemed “oppressive” by the media. When a non-Muslim women wears it she is praised as a “fashion icon.”

There is nothing wrong with any woman wearing a scarf. As a society we all need to let go of policing women’s clothing decisions. Racism exists in the double standards of judging women based on how they are dressed.

3. Do Muslim Women Shave Their Armpits?

Hygiene is a monumental part of Islamic foundation. Some Muslim’s feet are cleaner than other people’s hands! So yes, all Muslims, men and women are expected to shave, or wax etc. their pits at least every 40 days. Doing so more often is up to the individual, but every 40 days ensures there isn’t an accumulation of filth and bacteria.

There is no sexism involved, it’s purely hygiene and recommended for both men and women. Female armpits stank, male armpits stank, shave them. Muslims like to stay clean and fresh.

4. Do Muslim Women Do Bodybuilding?

Muslimahs can do all kinds of sports. Activity is also part of Islamic Sunnah, which is following the way of life of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). The Prophet pbuh once said  "Teach your children swimming, archery and horse riding." 

These were considered essential sports and not only did they keep the body fit, but served as survival skills. Historical trends reveal that the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) used to average 10,000 steps a day, the very trendy number motivating so many “hot girl walks” today. 

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, including taking care of physical and mental health, are of huge importance in Islam. So yes, you’ll find Muslim women competing in every sport from speed walking to body building.

Some famous Muslimah bodybuilders include:

  • Majiziya Bhanu
  • Kholoud Essam
  • Haifa Al-Musawi 

5. Can a Muslimah Hijabi Straighten Their Hair?

Despite popular belief, hijabis have hair and they can do whatever they want with it. Beautifying oneself for personal reasons is completely acceptable and some Muslim women are obsessed with beauty and other aren’t interested in it. It doesn't make either any less of a Muslim or of a woman.

Seek Knowledge

Some of these questions gave us a good chuckle. Still, we appreciate all the Muslims and non-Muslims seeking knowledge. Islam is a faith built on truth and answers, so seeking knowledge is not just a recommendation, but a requirement.

Muslims are encouraged to receive educations and perfect any task they complete, with their utmost knowledge. The first word revealed of the Quran is "Iqra", which means read in Arabic. This set the foundation that one must seek knowledge, and be curious to do so.

Let us know below what questions you have about Muslimahs, or Islam in general, but please, no more body hair questions.  

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