Watch Muslim-Americans Shatter Misconceptions About Hijabs, And Answer All Your Questions

"For me, it's a reminder to lead my life with religion first."

Many people do not understand some of the basics when it comes to hijab and the women who choose to wear them. In a time when Muslim xenophobia continues to rise, it's more important than ever that we educate ourselves on the religions, cultures, and beliefs of people different from ourselves. 

In a video for Vox, Muslim-Americans women answer some of the common questions that surround wearing a hijab — and some of the not so common ones. 

"The weirdest question I've been asked about hijab is probably if I've shower in it," one of them said. "The answer is no." 

A hijab is a piece of fabric that women use to cover their hair. In Arabic, "hijab" means "to cover." Not all Muslim women wear hijabs and there are many different ways to wear it. Often, the way a woman decides how to wear her hijab for the day depends on her culture and her own personal preferences. 

"There is this Western stereotype that a Muslim woman who wears it did not have the choice to do so. It is seen a symbol of oppression rather than a symbol of devotion," one Muslim woman who only wears a hijab when she prays said. 

"For me, putting on a headscarf was emancipation because that was the moment that I reclaimed my identity," another woman said. 

Learn more about hijabs and the reasons some Muslim women choose to wear them, check out the video below: 

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