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Sports Illustrated just announced the latest issue of its flagship swimsuit edition will feature a model wearing traditional Islamic garb

The publication said that Somali-American model Halima Aden would be “making history as the first Muslim model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine.” Interestingly, however, the “burkini” is not a common piece of clothing worn by Muslim women in the context of going to the beach or swimming. It is, however, used by women from more fundamental quarters of Islamic society, in order to achieve full-body covering and maintain modesty. The four schools of thought in Sunni Islam — Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali — insist that every single part of a woman’s body, except the hands and face, must be covered when in prayer or in the presence of […]

 

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