This is just one incident in Ibrahim’s more than 10 years volunteering and working at Park Nicollet Health Services in her hometown of Minneapolis, which inspired her to design handkerchiefs that meet the unique needs of the healthcare industry.
“I haven’t found a headscarf that was affordable, that was sustainable, that was beautiful,” he told CNN. “No one was doing it, so I had to do something.”
Ibrahim, 25, is also the founder and CEO of Henna and Hijabs. He started the fashion clothing company after graduating from high school.
While working at the hospital, he saw that when a patient or employee needed to replace their hijab, the only option was a white hospital blanket.
When Covid-19 struck, Ibrahim said his hospital staff feared the hijabs they carried around patients who could carry the virus to their families.
“In addition to the emotional and physical stress of everything that is happening now, Muslim health professionals have to think‘ am I going to take this house with me? “
Ibrahim said he consulted with doctors and nurses about its design, and it is the size and cut that make the most significant difference. In addition to being large enough to cover the area that the v-cut necks of most shrubs left exposed, Ibrahim also made sure the scarves were not so large that they were put on.
“We would have labor and delivery nurses, where the patients they hired would take the hijabs. I wanted to make sure the efficiency was adequate and also the material is kept so you don’t need a pin.”
Even the colors Ibrahim chose for the hijabs match the colors many hospitals use for their uniforms, such as navy blue and burgundy.
While Ibrahim designed the hijabs with Muslim women, he did not want to rule out anyone from other backgrounds.
“Not only do we have a large Muslim base that buys this particular product, but we also have people who are patients in health care settings, cancer patients, Orthodox Jewish women, and Sikh patients who wear this scarf.”
Since Henna and Hijabs launched this line last November, they have donated nearly 1,000 medical hijabs to Minnesota hospitals.
Ibrahim, with orders coming from all over the country, said, “I am truly humbled by the response and grateful for every opportunity.”