Muslim twin sisters speak out against stereotype surrounding the hijab

Twin sisters Sara Bazzi and Sahar Babbagh are Muslim American women who live in Dearborn, Mich., raised with the same morals and values, but made different choices in regard to wearing a hijab, a headdress common for women of Islam to wear as a sign of modesty. 

Sahar wears a hijab while Sara, on the other hand, chooses not to wear a hijab. “It really just depends on the person,” Bazzi, a nurse, said, “There was no pressure from anyone around us to wear [the hijab]. Even raising my daughter, my husband and I agree that when she is older it will be her decision. It truly is a personal preference.”

Both Sara and Sahar were raised wearing hijabs and as they got older Sara decided, in her teens, she didn’t want to wear hers anymore. Islam is second largest religion in the world, with nearly 23 percent of the global population identifying as Muslim.