Trendy Hijab in Trinidad

Nazera Abdul- Haqq is a 23 year old makeup artist from Trinidad.

We came across her Facebook Fanpage and were intrigued by the photos of her and other hijabis in Trinidad. The photos showcase some of the looks they put together for this past Eid Al Adha.

Nazera graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions, because we were really curious about life as a Muslim in the Caribbean.

How long have you been wearing hijab and what made you
decide to put it on?

I grew up into Islam so roughly, I’ve been wearing hijab ever since 12 years old. I never go anywhere without it and I will definitely say that it’s a part of me.

Is it hard to wear hijab in Trinidad? Are there many Muslims there?
No it’s not hard wearing hijab in Trinidad as it probably is in the States. Trinidad and Tobago is in all ways probably the most multicultured society! What may be difficult though for some Muslim women especially teenagers, is that they believe that they can’t wear the hijab and fit in at the same time. Trinidad has approximately 1.3 million people, but the majority are non Muslims. There is however a strong Muslim presence.

Can you share with us something unique about your country?
You should definitely visit Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is more for business but Tobago is the ultimate getaway! Here Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Baptists (you name it) live together learning from one another’s experiences. It’s a beautiful country with the most tasty dishes and amazing music and culture that you will ever encounter.

This article has 14 comments

  1. sally

    is this a hijab now
    we are muslims we must do it properly

  2. saffiyah obaidah

    hmmmmm……………. carla (non-muslim name) well if this is naked….what would u call bikini wearing…..why did u even bother to comment…it would have been better if you just said you would to learn to do what they do,,,,so that you could look like they do…….and actually have a pic….

  3. Carla

    this is not hijaab.. By Allah if the Messanger of Allah sallalahu aleihi wa sallam was to see this, even he would not be pleased with this sight. He (sallalahu aleihi wa salam) spoke of the last hour, that Wemen would be clothed, but naked(in the trend of clothing and their conduct).

  4. Carib Muslimah

    @Mariam, yes. People always express shock at not only the thought of Caribbean Muslims but the fact that Islam has a lengthy history in the Caribbean.

  5. afshi

    (and I want her clutch in the first pic….)


  6. afshi

    cool! There are a lot of people from Trinidad and Guyana at the masjid I go to. I love how they are so colourful even while observing the hijab.

  7. Sahira

    I love love love the last picture! They seem to be very confident 🙂

  8. Mariam Sobh

    Carib Muslimah, I just saw your comment. Do you find that people often don’t realize there are Muslims there? My images are of beautiful beaches and a nice vacation 😀

    Hannah I believe the looks were inspired by pop culture. She mentioned that she was feeling persian/goth and a little Rianna from one of her videos.

    Fatin, yeah I don’t think I could pull off that makeup.

  9. Fatin

    Good for them, they are not scared to put this much makeup.

  10. Hannah

    Wow, those two in black are some edgy looks!!! Are the makeup-jewelery on their faces inspired by Trinidad culture? (I really don’t know anything about it!)

  11. Mariam Sobh

    Caraboska, these girls go all out on Eid. Nazera told me it’s a very big deal in Trinidad. I would love to be there to see their celebrations!

  12. Carib Muslimah

    I’m just happy that people are able to learn about Muslims in the Caribbean. So often with the images of sun, reggae/calypso and bikinis prevail. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. caraboska

    Subhanallah! You are quite right – I’ve never seen anything like it!

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