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Medical Practice Should Not Require the Stripping Away of One’s Self

      As a hijab-observing Muslim, I devote myself to living modestly, a practice requiring constant diligent attention to approach this ideal. My attire is the most visible manifestation of this commitment as I cover my head and body when around people outside my family (non-mahrams). The awrah—required areas of coverage—are more extensive for non-mahram males. I never go out in public without covering my arms.
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