“Whether people like my clothes or not, they’ve become a part of my identity,” says Iman Ben Ahmed, 23. Ahmed is a Sunni Muslim and says her hijab makes her think of her mother, who made it for her.
Five London-based couples of different faiths told BuzzFeed News what they wear when they worship or pray, what this means to them, and what reactions they get from other people.
Chloe Cohen, who is Orthodox Jewish, says covering her hair is an “outward expression of my religion”, while for Devinder Kaur, who is Sikh, feels her malas or rosary beads are a practical tool for worship: “Sometimes when I’m going to work I’ll have them in my pocket and I’ll meditate as I’m going along.”
Some people we spoke to have been abused because of how they dress. Ahmed says she is unfairly stopped at airports while Cohen’s husband, Joseph, says he has been physically attacked.
None of our interviewees claim to represent a whole faith – each has made choices that reflect their personal beliefs – but all said their outward clothing reflects their spirituality. Even Ben Virgo, an evangelical Christian who doesn’t wear specific clothes when he prays, says he dresses “in such a way that pleases my wife”, which he considers an expression of the Christian belief that husbands should “love their wives like Christ loved the church”. Read more