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Facebook produced their own Ramadan greeting which popped up on news feeds as users logged onto the website. Though this may appear to be a simple, generic seasonal greeting, there are several underlying issues with its visual message.

The first thing that struck me was that the female figures in the greeting are wearing hijab. Let me make it clear that I have no objections to the hijab, niqab, or any other type of covering that people may choose to don, as long as it is done with knowledge, awareness, and understanding. With regards to the hijab, this pertains to the knowledge of what the Qur'an says about the female body, awareness of the consequences of their decision, and a clear understanding of the hijab's cultural and historical context.

Yet if messages such as the above are promoted, namely, that all Muslim women look like the ones in the drawing, then this raises several problematic questions. Not least that not all Muslim women wear the hijab, which doesn't necessarily mean they don't observe the rituals of Ramadan, are any less Muslim, or deserve any less representation.


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