the hair or the hijab

Upon reaching the age of 14 or 15, young Muslim women face the choice of whether to continue wearing their hair as they do or to don the hijab. The hijab is the Muslim veil which instills modesty upon the wearer, as stated by the Qur’an. Not all Muslim women take the hijab, but if they do, it is a deeply personal choice.

The girls at Lykkeskolen, an Arab school in Aarhus, Denmark, are approaching the age where they should begin to wear the hijab if they already don’t. Although many have worn the hijab for many years, some since they were 8 years of age, some did not think they have been ready until now. But whether or not they wear the veil, the girls in the seventh grade class at Lykkeskolen are all very much 13-year old girls, and act accordingly.