Hijabs at the Hospital—at Least at Methodist

The St. Louis Park hospital becomes the first health care system in the country to offer hijabs
Hilal Ibrahim at Park Nicollet Methodist holding her hijabs.
Hilal Ibrahim and the hijabs she designed specifically for Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital.

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In shades of purple, gray, blue, and green, 10 styles of hijabs are now available at the gift shop in Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital—the first health care system in the country to offer them. Hilal Ibrahim, the owner of Maple Grove-based Henna & Hijabs, designed the hijabs specifically for the hospital. Besides choosing Park Nicollet’s colors, she sourced lightweight, breathable, and sustainable material that wouldn’t slip, making it functional for both visitors and health care employees. 

Ibrahim’s inspiration built up after almost 10 years of volunteering at the hospital. “Many patients who observed the hijab (the Islamic head covering) did not have something that was comfortable to wear during their stay at the hospital,” she says. “In addition, I learned of the same issue amongst health care professionals and wanted to provide them with something durable and easy to wear.” 

The hijab product launched November 14 with a public reception catered by Afro Deli and Yum! Kitchen and Bakery. At the event, Ibrahim added, “This collaboration signifies inclusivity, not only towars our Muslim patient and employee population who observe the hijab, but also a sense of belonging for patients who truly value modesty.”

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