Muslims in Arizona are just wrapping up celebrations of the holy month of Ramadan. But for some Muslims in Arizona, living out their faith at any time of the year can be difficult as they struggle to find businesses that cater to their needs.
Some choose to live according to two Islamic traditions: wearing a hijab, or head covering for women, and eating halal, referring to meat that is prepared according to Islamic law. The practices can make eating out, grocery shopping and getting beauty services more difficult for some Muslims.
“It is hard to find halal food, period,” said Aminah Shakoor, a 21-year-old Chandler resident who adheres to halal guidelines.
For Shakoor, eating out with friends means always having to order a vegetarian or fish entree because the meat is not halal.
For other Muslim women who wear hijabs, finding beauty salons that are familiar with Muslim culture and can provide extra privacy for them isn’t made simple by a Google search.
Most salons don’t market or advertise their privacy options for Muslim women wearing hijabs.
Wasiba Rahman and Lena Sarsour, who wear hijabs, grew up getting their hair done by family members or other Muslim women in their community.
Within the comfort of their own homes and communities, they could have hair care experiences free from the pressure and potential awkwardness of explaining their requests for extra privacy to salon staff unfamiliar with their faith.
Rahman, Sarsour and Shakoor said that Phoenix businesses can expand their businesses and customer base by offering Muslim-friendly…
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