"And tell the believing women to lower their eyes, and guard their modesty, and that they display not their ornaments except what appears of them. And that they draw their veils over their bosoms and display not their ornaments except to their husbands, their brothers ... And repent to Allah, all of you O believers, that you may succeed." [Al-Qur’ân 24:31] "That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed. Allah is Forgiving, Compassionate." [Al-Qur’ân 33:59] American Muslim women today are rediscovering Islam as revealed by Allah, to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, more than 1,400 years ago but without any of the contradictions of ancestral culture. Consequently they are essentially engaging in a life-long exercise of rediscovering their own selves; what it means to be a human, a Muslim, and more so, a Muslim woman. Wearing the divinely mandated hijâb, the veil or head covering, as a part of their everyday dresses is among the first steps toward this rediscovery. In a society which shamelessly and publicly exposes a woman's body and intimate requirements where nudity somehow symbolises the expression of a woman's freedom and where the most lustful desires of men are fulfilled unchecked, it is of little wonder such an introspection leads many Muslim women to decide to wear the hijâb. However, generalisations about Islam and Muslims are replete in today's media and, by extension, in the minds of many Americans who shape their image of the world through the media. Veiled Muslim women are typically unfairly stigmatised. They are regarded on the one hand as suppressed and oppressed, and on the other, as fanatics and fundamentalists. Both depictions are grossly wrong and imprecise. Such portrayals not only misrepresent these women's strong feelings towards the hijâb, but also fail to acknowledge their courage and the resulting identity the hijâb lends to them. Amongst such misconceptions is also the belief that any Muslim woman who wears...
The Hijab is the outer cloak worn by a Muslim woman to cover her hair. The general perception of the hijab throughout the western world is that the hijab symbolizes a woman who is oppressed and without a voice and needs liberation. This is one perception and is often misguided and based on misconceptions that hide and distort the truth behind the hijab. The preconceived notion that all Muslim women who wear the hijab are oppressed is highly problematic. First, it ignores the large number of Muslim women who wear the hijab on their own terms and second it uses a piece of a garment as an indicator to figure out which women are oppressed and which are not. The Hijab is at a basic level an outward expression of a Muslim woman’s inner belief.
The hijab may in reality be a symbol of liberation for Muslim women as it is their personal choice to wear it. The view of the Hijab being a tool of oppression among western civilizations has been challenged by Muslim women of all ages and backgrounds through adopting the Hijab and defending their right to wear the Hijab. Often in the face of criticism by many political figures in attempting to ban the wearing of headscarfs at school for example, as seen recently in France. Many women argued that far from being a tool of oppression they saw the...
...The Other Side of Hijab
By: Achmida D. Mamacotao
The general public defines hijab as the headscarf worn by Muslim women. But the reality is, there is a whole lot more to the story because there are a variety of concepts that envelop this piece of cloth. Hijab in Arabic, literally means head covering and so, people perceive that Muslim women only wear hijab for the sole purpose of covering themselves. There is this undying perception that people who wear hijab hide something and that wearing it hampers these women to liberation and independence, and that they are being secluded from the beauty of the world. But as a matter of fact, what most people don’t know is, wearing hijab is a practice that is imposed by Islam, it is a commandment and the other side of it has a hidden beauty that society have yet to see.
The hijab serves as a constant reminder that Muslim women should keep their modesty at all times. Coming from a hijabi myself, I can attest to this fact. Since Muslim women wear their hijab everyday, they are always reminded that they have to behave in a certain way, and that they have to always be prim and proper. Also, this piece of clothing gives them an identity of being a Muslim, which means that whether they like it or not, they instantly become representatives of Islam and so, people would expect a lot from them. Just as officers are more...
23 September 2014
The hijab, or headscarf, is one of the most noticeable and misunderstood badges of Muslim women. But there’s much more to the Islamic dress code for women than the hijab. It’s a total package that deals with clothing, behavior, and demeanor. I recently read an article in freshman seminar, titled “Covering up with the hijab may aid women’s body image.” As stated in the article, “So wearing the hijab can be very liberating for some women, she says. It allows them — and others around them — to focus on their minds, not their bodies,” this was the most inspiring statement to me. I immediately became intrigued into the article because it gave me a new perspective. I dug deeper into the context and realized how their culture is very relatable to my religion.
Wearing the hijab is an honor. I view it as a symbol of protective covering. It covers the mind, will, and intellect. I am a Christian who believes in modesty. In my opinion, modesty is a concept that changes from time to time, country to country, and person to person. I respect women in the Islamic culture for wearing the hijab because it promotes modesty and civilization. Being able to focus on your mind in a driven world, where you are forced to focus on your body is essential. In my opinion, Islamic women understand the true value of their body as well as mind. It’s amazing to...
...raised in a society where people generally tend to think Muslim female are forced to wear the Hijab “headscarf.” I was five or six years old when I started wearing the Hijab it wasn’t my parents who forced me to wear it was my choice. My mother also said if you don’t know the reasons you wearing the Hijab then don’t wear it at all. However, women who wear the Hijab face major discrimition in regard of employment opportunities. But in other part of the world as shabina state “Hijab hits runway.”
Even though Hijab is popular in the Muslim world I also learned that France and other European countries were trying to ban the Hijab. Also note that France has a lot of Muslim immigrants. These countries have no right to ban the Hijab because they did not conduct studies on this topic. According to the Quran it states by saying “O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outer garments (jilbabs) close around themselves.” (59:33) one cannot judge religion or culture well enough to make a favorable judgment.
Judging isn’t something everyone can ignore. For Muslim women, wearing the Hijab is a sign of reverence, modesty and submission. However, many non-Muslims view the head scarf and modest clothing with confusion, even taking offense at what seems to be restrictive, anti-feminist clothing. Since girls...
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The Hijab: A form of liberation or a sign of oppression?
The hijab, worn by Muslim women, consists of a veil, worn in different ways, generally covering the head and exposing either the eyes or the entire face. Over the past decade, the hijab has generated controversy around the world. A school in Montreal banned the hijab as a means of adhering to the schools dress code. Feminists argue that thehijab is a sign of oppression that contributes to the inequality that exists between men and women. Whereas, the majority of Muslim women argue that it is a personal, religious choice and a powerful form of female liberation.
Banning the Hijab:
In 2003, two students were expelled from Ecole Charlemagne high school in Montreal for refusing to remove their hijabs. The school administration claimed that their hijabs were in violation of the schools dress code. The administration announced, “she would not be allowed back unless she removes her hijab” (Elmenyawi). Therefore, both students were refused access to a free education because they would not remove a piece of clothing that represents their religious beliefs. The expulsion violates the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, which states, “persons belonging to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities shall not be denied the right to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice...
...ALL ABOUT HIJAB
Some Muslim women, at different stages of their lives and at different times after their decision to wear hijab, struggle with it.
Not necessarily with the belief that it is obligatory — although some Muslim women may have a problem with that — but with different factors: on the most basic level, come summer, if you aren't careful with the material of your hijab, it's not exactly the most comfortable thing to wear.
And then there's the dealing with the fact that people sometimes treat you differently—yes, even in Muslim countries.
But the real killer is all the ranting, the debate, the articles, the speeches, on and on and on about hijab. What's amazing is that usually those talking about it the most are those who don't even wear it.
So what is it about hijab? Why are Muslim women still wearing it? How can a piece of cloth attract so much attention? Isn't it hot under there?
Discourse on hijab is often accompanied by a list of dos and don'ts that women are supposed to follow. But is it all about rules and restrictions? Some Muslims claim that hijab is not obligatory. Is there a real debate within Islam regarding this issue? Understand the nature of hijab and the philosophy behind it by reading:
The Hijab… Why??
Hijab… a Must, Not a Choice
Is Hijab a Qur'anic Commandment?
Praying and Fasting...
...The word hijab is usually referred to the headscarf that Muslim females wear in order to force others to judge them, not by their physical appearance but to evaluate them according to their personalities. However, many think that the word hijab applies only to Muslim female but in fact, this will be proven to be untrue. This essay will aim to discuss the origins of the hijab, why Muslim females are obligated or choose to wear it, and finally to prove the fact that the concept of hijab is not only applied to women but men as well.
Although long seen as the most distinctive emblem of Islam, the veil was surprisingly the tradition of veiling and seclusion (known together as Hijab) which was introduced into Arabia long before Mohammed and Islam, primarily through Arab contacts with Syria and Iran, where the hijab was a sign of social status. In the society of that period of time, there was no tradition of veiling until around 627 C.E., when the "verse of hijab" suddenly descended upon the messenger, Mohammed: "Believers, do not enter the Prophet's house... unless asked. And if you are invited... do not linger. And when you ask something from the Prophet's wives, do so from behind a hijab. This will assure the purity of your hearts as well as theirs," (33:53).
Covering is a form of defence, preservation of chastity, and support in the avoidance of negative...
6 February 2015
Summary On Aburawa Essay
Princess Hijab is a modern day guerrilla artist who has been bombing Paris billboards, and ads with the commonly known Muslim attire named a burqa. Many critics are often confused by the true message she is trying to make. Princess Hijab states that to be described as “artistic jihad”
While bloggers like Paul Schmelzer from Art21 see her art or graffiti as “right wing street art, surmising that her motivation is to cover the “shame of omnipresent (and often sexualized) ads” (Aburawa28) Other such as the site Infidel Bloggers “accused the artist of urging women to submit to the “tyranny of Islam” (Aburawa28) However, PH states that the views of others are not correct. She declares that she acts according to her own free will and is not in fact part of any movement wither it be political, religious or to do with advertisement.
Many of these critics also view her work similar to the group in Saudi Arabia known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. This group is known for policing the way woman are seen in magazines billboards, and other forms of press by blacking out bare skin that is shown in allowance with Sharia law.
Princess Hijabs art comes at an interesting time in Paris history because of the ongoing debate in the banning of burqas and head scarves in public places. President Nicolas Sarkozy states...