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Is the hijab a feminist statement?

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I don’t know about you all, but I’m getting rather bored of the I-love-my-hijab sentiments now. It means, unfortunately, you have to put up with my lengthy rants.

The Guardian (who else) recently posted a video in which Hanna Yusuf asks, in a tone usually reserved for naughty schoolchildren, “why a simple piece of clothing is seen as the very epitome of oppression.”

She goes on to say that “many women find empowerment in rejecting the idea that women can be reduced to their sexual allure – and we should not assume that every women who wears the hijab has been forced into it.”

I was not aware there was so much outrage against the hijab. In this country, where the (visible) Muslim population has grown, the headscarf is not really that controversial, as opposed to the full face veil – niqab – which is seen even by many Muslims as extreme.

Let us tackle the first point about oppression. By contrast, why is the hijab seen as liberating, or a symbol of feminism? In fact, Muslims themselves – whether that’s imams or scholars – are the ones who make such grand claims about the hijab in the first place. If they didn’t then I doubt anyone else would care.

Hanna goes on to say that the hijab “resists commercial imperatives that support consumer culture”. It is true that in the world we live in, capitalism has made consumers of us all – including Muslim women.

In fact, Muslims comprise one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the world! The ‘halal’ industry is huge. Everywhere you go there will be an Islamic store selling you all sorts of ‘Islamic’ goods including hijabs and hijab accessories for women. Far from sticking two fingers up to Western consumerism, Muslim women are embracing it, matching their hijab with the latest trendy garments on offer in British high street stores and offering tutorials for other Muslimahs to follow.

Hanna wants us to respect her choice to wear hijab while denigrating women who don’t wear it, suggesting they’re slaves of the western fashion industry. So what does your decision to wear hijab make you, Hanna?

Then there is “false dichotomy” (as Kate Maltby puts it in the Spectator) between the hijab and bikini, which is “one of the oldest anti-feminist tropes in the book, a mild reframing of the old Madonna-whore complex, for which my own Christianity has been rightly pilloried.”

And, correct me if I am wrong, there are no countries in the world that make the wearing of a bikini mandatory unlike the hijab, which is compulsory in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Women in those countries are flogged if they disobey the strict dress code. What happened to their choice? It is easy for Hanna, a privileged Western woman, to insist it’s her choice, but about the rights of her sisters in Muslim countries? They do not have that luxury.

If wearing the hijab is a feminist symbol of rejection of western objectification of women as sex objects then does that mean wearing the full Afghan style burqa or Saudi style niqab is a stronger feminist statement, as both garments remove all identifiers of the woman as a sexualised individual?

As for the argument that women aren’t objectified with a hijab on, that is simply not true. Those who don’t wear a headscarf are likened to uncovered lollipop which have flies buzzing around them (great metaphor and not at all demeaning towards men by the way). Covered women, however, are like precious pearls or diamonds. Is that not objectification?

When I was nine years old, I was taught in mosque that if I did not cover my hair, Satan would urinate on it. No wonder it looks great, I hear you say. Jokes aside, imagine hearing that as a young child. Not only was it terrifying but the concept of shame was instilled in me at a young age, something which is the case for many young girls around the world. Many Muslim women who do not wear the hijab are constantly made to feel guilty about it. In fact, some women over compensate by defending the right for women to wear hijab (and rightly so) but are not so vocal about their own right not to wear it.

For ‘just a piece of cloth’ it seems to do so much. It’s a feminist statement, it’s a two-finger salute to capitalism, it’s an anti-rape shield, etc.

There is no consistency with the headscarf argument. On the one hand women are told to wear because it has been instructed by God and it has nothing whatsoever to do with men, but on the other hand, they are then told actually yes, wear it for the sake of it men too, because they can’t control themselves and you don’t want to invite attention on yourself now do you? If you must reveal yourself, do so to your close male relatives, e.g. your husband. Why is dressing for one man more empowering? Either way, you’re still factoring a man’s opinion into what you decide to wear.

For years, many Muslims would insist that we don’t need feminism because Islam is more equal and superior. Now, however, feminism is compatible with Islam. I can’t keep up.

Few people will approach a man and inquire about the way in which he is dressed. Yes, yes, men must “lower their gaze”, but a man won’t be denounced as a ‘bad Muslim’ nor will his dress code be used as an excuse to prevent him from attending the mosque or other Islamic functions. There aren’t dozens of books dedicated to telling men what they must and must not wear as there are for women and the dozens of guidelines they are given, exclusively by men.

Hanna, like many women who wear the hijab, wants to be judged for her mind,not the way she is dressed. But the only reason non Muslims have focused on hijab is because, as mentioned before, Muslims themselves have put too much emphasis on the headscarf. If you don’t like people focusing on your hijab then don’t make it the centre of attention in the first place.

It is also slightly ironic that she says this while wearing a trendy lace black dress (what was that about consumerism?) and bright blue hijab with a face full of make up.

Many of these women claim, “I’m more than my hijab”, but then have stupid events like world hijab day where you can experience what it means to be a Muslim woman by covering your hair, thereby reducing a Muslim woman’s experience to a piece of cloth.

Rather than promote modesty, the hijab does reduce a woman to her sexual allure. Islamically, any girl who has reached sexual maturity must start covering, which then tells the world – specifically men – that she is is sexually available for him and ready for marriage.

Hanna constantly talks about choice, but here is a question for her and for women who wear the hijab: would they ‘ choose’ to wear it if they didn’t believe it was a religious requirement, or if they weren’t told on a regular basis that good women are supposed to cover?

In fact, whenever women put on the headscarf and post a picture on Facebook for all to see (how very modest) the response is usually greeted with “Mashaallah!” or, “you look so much more beautiful with hijab on.” I thought the whole point was to see the woman for who she was? Sounds contradictory, don’t you think?

Also, if the hijab really is about obedience to God  then why is it not obligatory for post-menopausal women? Qur’an 24:60 states, “Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage, there is no blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they make not wanton display of their beauty; but it is best for them to be modest; and Allah is One Who sees and knows all things.”

That is a great feminist statement.

Unfortunately, women who do wear a headscarf are judged twofold. When they are seen doing things they are not “supposed to do” (smoking, talking to strange men) they are told that they are hypocrites because, like it or not, they are seen as walking, talking, breathing examples of Islam. Anything they do is reflected on the religion.

One point I wish to end on is that if a woman is not free to remove her headscarf without the fear of scorn or ridicule, then it is not a choice. I am glad Hanna can wear what she wants but far too many women do not have choice.

Published for The Nation on 26/6/2015

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Written by Iram Ramzan

June 25, 2015 at 11:25 pm

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  1. The whole hijabi-feminist bandwagon is especially amusing considering its origin in Islam (and in the larger semitic culture) as a symbol of status, signifying that the woman is not a slave (slave women are to be topless according to Islamic law).

    You can find a similar injunction for “free” women to wear veils in the Middle Assyrian Code (a pre-Islamic code of laws). I bet they all had postmodern feminist motives.

    • Was that Islamic law (as in pertaining to the Qur’an and Sunnah way) or a law made by an agency using Islam as an excuse

      Angela Humayra

      July 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    • That notion predates Islam and originated in Assyrian culture to distinguish noble women from slaves and prostitutes. From there it spread to Greek culture and Athens where free Greek men kept their women in the house and behind veils. It did not catch on elsewhere in the middle east until much later.

      Josh

      July 24, 2015 at 6:46 am

  2. I think it will be hard to write a more ignorant and dishonest article. As if islam is something good. Islam commands abuse, beating, murder, subjugation, slavery – all the stuff ISIS does. It is articles like this one that show how much the Guardian wants to manipulate its readers into believing something as evil as Hitler’s Nazi party is good. Just despicable. I am extremely disappointed. The Guardian from now on sides with a genocidal religious ideology. And as far as I am concerned, as a liberal reader, will seek my news elsewhere.

    • 1- They kill prisoners, while the Quran says about the righteous:
      “And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the Miskeen (the poor), the orphan, and the CAPTIVE, (Saying): ‘We feed you seeking God’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you’”

      Also, on the matter of prisoners, Ibn ‘Abbaas (companion of Mohammed) said “the Messenger of God commanded them to be kind to their prisoners, so they used to put them before themselves”

      2- They kill innocent people but the Quran says:
      “”if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” (The Noble Quran, 5:32)”

      3- They burn people alive, but Prophet Mohammed says:
      “no one punishes with fire except the Lord of the Fire.”

      And burning ants and bugs in Islam is extremely forbidden, so imagine how big of a sin burning humans is.

      4- They killed Christians, but Prophet Mohammed made an oath to protect Christians in this letter he made:
      “This is a message written by Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, far and near, we are behind them. Verily, I defend them by myself, the servants, the helpers, and my followers, because Christians are my citizens; and by God! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be changed from their jobs, nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they (Christians) are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, this is not to take place without her own wish. She is not to be prevented from going to her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation is to disobey this covenant till the Day of Judgment and the end of the world.”

      He also said “Take well care of the copts (Christians).”

      5- ISIS say they want to destroy the Kaaba in mecca. The Kaaba is the direction that Muslims prayed toward for over 1400 years. And prophets since the time of Abraham have respected. Why would a Muslim want to destroy it and Mecca? WTF? unsure emoticon

      6- Prophet Mohammed warned about extremists like ISIS and referred to their sect as “Al Khawarij” as in those who exit.
      Prophet Mohammed said:
      ” Whoever rejects obedience to the leader and divides the community and dies will have died upon ignorance. Whoever fights under the banner of one who is blind, raging for the sake of tribalism, or calling to tribalism, or supporting tribalism, and is killed will have died upon ignorance. Whoever rebels against my nation, striking the righteous and wicked alike and sparing not even the believers and does not fulfill the pledge of security (the oath mohammed made to protect non-muslims), then he has nothing to do with me and I have nothing to do with him.”

      He went further to describe their sect as “the worst of creation”

      7- Most of ISIS victims are Muslims:
      ““And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is Hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send his wrath on him and curse him and prepare him a painful chastisement, (Surah An-Nisa’ 4:29).”

      8- ISIS attacks people without reason,, but the Quran says the only time fighting is permitted is if it is self defence:
      “Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do NOT transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. (The Noble Quran, 2:190)”

      9- They attack innocent non-muslims, but the Quran says NOT to harm them:
      “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers. (The Noble Quran, 60:8)”

      And, I’m a muslim, and ISIS has nothing to do with me, and I have nothing to do with them. ISIS are a-holes.
      And I think the man behind their curtain is NOT a Muslim.

      I believe they exist to fulfil Israel’s founder’s wet dream of diving the Arab world as he said. Ben Gurion, the founder of Israel said:
      “It is not important to have a nuclear bomb or even 200 nuclear heads because they will not do us any good. It is better to neutralize Egypt, Syria and Iraq to guarantee our existence and power in the land of our ancestors.”

      That is what is happening, Also, its funny that ISIS are going around in the region re-maping the region into the map of the new middle east that NY times wrote about a while back. They are dividing Iraq into 3 countries. They attack Egypt’s army which is the only army that is protecting Arab countries from getting palestine-ed.

      “Hegemony is as old as Mankind…” -Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor

      Haroon Khan

      June 27, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    • I used to get pissed off by stuff like this before I realized that people like you – people who spout off about Islam being like Nazism – have almost certainly never been to the Middle East, never really known any Muslims, and have no real understanding of the cultural or historical truths of the region and of the complexities of it. So keep spouting off about something you know nothing about; I won’t be listening.

      sonatano1

      July 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    • As if Christianity hasn’t been the cause of countless deaths & torture throughout the century’s. Lmao Spanish Inquisition ring a bell? What about all these drone strikes. Holy shit..the crusades. Wow, how’d we ever forget the trans Atlantic slave trade. Enslave people and utilize your religion as a means to justify your inhuman acts. We’re bringing them to Christ..in chains & against their will but at least they’ll know Christ & there by their souls would be saved. 😶

      madhouse0341

      July 7, 2015 at 3:41 am

    • Islam commands none of what ISIS does nor does it command any violence! Show me your evidence

      mariamelkazaz

      July 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    • I would not confuse Islamic groups with other Muslims.
      I have done some reading into Islam, level headed open-minded reading and it is none of the things you suggest. I am principally upset with the slavery comment as this was revealed to the prophet (pbuh) that it was wrong and needed to be stopped (over time for economic reasons).
      Whether these slaves have been replaced by women is another matter. The practice of Islam, is not necessarily as per the book maybe???.

      magnunamadaam

      July 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

  3. Great response – concise and to the point.
    Thank you!

    B

    June 26, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  4. What an absolute provocative Medusa justification for being a hair-showing slag, and supporter of rampant capitalism. Don’t you know the hijab & niqab are anti-capitalist resistance and social justice against the gaze of imperialistic extremism? You are literally responsible for everything bad in the world, and showing your hair is a form of terrorism, which the western media doesn’t talk about, because its hippo critical.

    MoDawah (@kingofdawah)

    June 26, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    • Slag? Really? Great dawah. :/

      mentallydisorderedmuslimah

      July 6, 2015 at 9:05 am

  5. “Shall we use bikinis as the western oppressive equivalence in the video?”
    “Yeah, nobody’s done that before. It’ll be very original.”

    bootjangler1

    June 26, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  6. Reblogged this on SesapZai – Mom. Artist. Academic. And a little bit of everything else. and commented:
    Just stumbled upon this article, in the wonderful Twittersphere, and I felt like I was reading my own thoughts, only written by someone else. It more than deserves a space on my blog, so I am sharing it with ya’ll for your reading pleasure.

    Also, so much YES to this line in the piece: “But the only reason non-Muslims have focused on hijab is because, as mentioned before, Muslims themselves have put too much emphasis on the headscarf. If you don’t like people focusing on your hijab then don’t make it the centre of attention in the first place.”

    SesapZai

    June 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  7. I just wanted to say I found this article very interesting, if you wear the hijab or not you can’t seem to win as you have strong critics on either side.

    Kirstie

    June 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  8. “There is no consistency with the headscarf argument.”

    A good point amongst others. It is ironic how hijabs have turned all colourful, and at the same time, a real full-on face of make-up (as you point out), attracts more attention, possibly in an effort to negate the effect of covering the hair in the first place. Citizen Khan parodies this with the Alia character.

    I dunno why the lady has rejuvenated the subject (again) anyway, unless I missed a point.

    bootjangler1

    June 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm

  9. Thanks Iram! You’ve articulated so well everything that’s been bugging me about this issue.

    farzanadoctor

    June 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  10. Reblogged this on Genesis of Tomorrow.

    sukrithi

    June 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm

  11. […] was reminded of the dirty fly-blown women metaphor by Iram Ramzan’s post about Hanna Yusuf’s creepy “my hijab is a feminist statement!” […]

  12. Thank you so much for writing this. I have profound respect for and have been blessed with the experience of living and working in a Muslim majority state and of course believe that Muslim women should have the freedom in a secular state to dress as they wish but the fundamental intellectual dishonesty of hanna’s position discredits everything she says – Islam as the modern woman’s socialism. Why can’t she say my religion requires this in my understanding of my religion but don’t dress it up as some brave anti capitalist statement. Also as a non Muslim working in an Islamist state, I was acutely aware of my duty to “when in Rome” and I complied out of respect and courtesy but for women born there there is no choice – and I have first hand testimonies of women beaten for showing their ankles accidentally. And it is the poor who suffer most – the poor women forced by tragic circumstances to work selling tea in the street etc Who are the ones beaten for slips in modesty. For many non Muslims, there is a fear of lack of reciprocity about all this. Also the niqab issue – it seems wilful exhibitionism to me and the total opposite of modesty to insist on an item of clothing that so draws attention to you when you live in state where this is alien behaviour.

    Imogen

    June 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  13. Great article and great arguments Iram. It is a pleasure to read. I grew up in Afghanistan. I always used the metaphor of sheep and wolves (which by the way is demeaning to both men and women). That particular religion treats women like sheep and if they are not covered, wolves (men) will definitely harm them. Now as a man – I don’t want to be seen as a wolf, a predator who belongs in the jungle. But I don’t want my sister to be treated as sheep, hidden, wrapped in a burqa or feel guilty for her existence unless that existence is hidden. Thank you for writing.

    Roaming Dinosaurs

    June 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    • Thank you for reading my blog
      I’d love to hear more about your experience growing up in Afghanistan

      Iram Ramzan

      June 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      • I have been awol for a while. Very excited to go to Kabul next week. Thinking of writing about it here.

        Roaming Dinosaurs

        April 3, 2016 at 12:50 am

    • As a Muslim, I feel confident enough to say Islam does not make me feel like a sheep. People on the other hand who interpret their own version of Islam can make me feel that way tho. This is only my opinion of course and in no way criticizing what you wrote. Cheers. 🙂

      Angela Humayra

      July 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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    Habiba Faisal

    July 4, 2015 at 5:15 pm

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    adyapoojari

    July 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  16. Completely with you.

    monroehayley

    July 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  17. I don’t know how late to the party I arrived on this issue, but this article was great. Not only in the effortless intelligence of your writing but the fact that considered conversation is happening between Muslim women on this issue and through bias mainstream media. Unfortunately I don’t know enough about about the religion and why a hijab should be worn (aside from this article and video) but as a man who has not grown up with a Muslim influence I found this most refreshing! Thanks!

    tyronepierre

    July 4, 2015 at 5:39 pm

  18. i really dont know why women are made to set an example for.we stand for the dignity of our family,we stand for dignity of our religion,we stand for loyalty towards marriage.i really dont know when we stand not as someone daugher or sister or wife but as a single human standing for dignity of himself

    janeshinger

    July 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  19. Reblogged this on In Minerva We Trust.

    Minerva de Terralba

    July 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  20. Very articulate article Iram. You’ve summed this up well: if something isn’t a big deal, why draw so much attention to it?
    I feel the same way whenever I have to read something related to racism. This thing should be over and done with decades ago, yet there are people who constantly bring it to the fore front of every argument, refusing that it should be left on the past.

    uju

    July 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    • That’s just sums up, doesn’t it? Stop talking about about it and maybe it’ll just go away. They have a name for that: the big elephant in the room. And for good reason too. It’s uncomfortable to bring up.

      Sonny Glenn Dell

      July 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

  21. Reblogged this on Tana Daily Telegraph and commented:
    What a great analysis of the hijab across a diverse range of disciplines. An incredible post indeed. Thanks for sharing these insights.

    Tana Daily Telegraph

    July 4, 2015 at 8:33 pm

  22. Congrats on being freshly pressed! This entire Hijab-feminism seems to have gotten a whole herd of goats, and I don’t really understand why. Loved your elaborations, though. Keep it up!

  23. Helo, We are free in personal
    matters. should we accept in favor this issue? It is respect of others way being.

    chandrama1979

    July 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

  24. Thx for this post. True, the more focus on the hijab, the more narrowly focused on Islamic women’s experience.

    Rather interesting, a Mennonite close friend of mine, my age, always wore here white net hair bun bonnet. I only asked her once about. She responded by quoting from the Bible. (passage in Corinthians). She always wore knee length home sewn dresses that were mid to long sleeved, dark pantyhose and whatever shoes seemed to suit the occasion. Garments were intended to express modesty, but not makeup, no perms no hair dyeing.

    She never discussed about her clothing nor my clothing. NOw, feminism, as a theoretical discussion was foreign to her world. But she did naturally in a sweet way, assert her wishes to her Old Order Mennonite husband (this order is more strict than her.)

    They were made for each other, marriage wise in their world.
    This is a woman who knew she had a choice to remain Mennonite or not since several siblings became non-Mennonite.

    Hanna is young and one day will know she does have a choice (to wear the hijab) after all compared to some of her Middle EAstern sisters who don’t live overseas.

    Jean

    July 4, 2015 at 10:46 pm

  25. Some girls go very OTT with makeup especially for daywear. I always thought that the hijab plus a full face of makeup kind of contradicts itself.

    nataliespark

    July 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

  26. I saw your post by accident. I do not usually look at posts by girls without headscarf 😂

    Any way I’m sorry I do not have the time to read all your previous posts to know you more. So I’ll just ask you, if you feel ok with that.

    Are you ok with the daily five prayers? Do you ask Allah for his guidance 5 times a day, to show you the way he accepts … ”
    Guide us on the straight path,
    the path of those who have received your grace;
    not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.” (Fatiha)

    After answering that I hope you tell me from where did you get your understanding for the verse that talks about elderly women dressing. I’ve looked into some Tafsir books and found a different explanation.

    الدمشقي

    July 4, 2015 at 11:28 pm

  27. Reblogged this on askmrphilosophy.

  28. Wow. As a Muslim who wears the hijab, I’d say it’s got nothing to do with ‘feminism’. To me , ‘feminism’ is when men and women are totally equal. Human is about covering you beauty for your husband – the one who deserves it. And yes, the ones she cannot marry (kind of like chaperones) can see it. Islam is not a religion of force as it condemns it. In Islam, God instructs women to wear a headscarf, but it is not forced upon them. Ultimately, it is their choice. Countries where women have to wear a headscarf are countries which do not follow Islamic rites properly as Islam gives women equality and freedom rights. Also, the hijab is a form of identification as being a Muslim for a female Muslim.
    Hope this helps xx

    mzs28

    July 5, 2015 at 1:52 am

    • Where it says ‘human’ at the top, it should say hijab

      mzs28

      July 5, 2015 at 1:52 am

  29. The definition of feminism that best appeals to me is the right to choose. If they choose to wear it, then it’s a feminist statement. I agree that if they have no choice, it cannot possibly be feminism.

    Pheonix

    July 5, 2015 at 3:21 am

  30. And I ‘m getting bored about the war … Can we stop thinking about stupid things please

    lamia98benghachoutt

    July 5, 2015 at 4:00 am

  31. Reblogged this on Expository Efflux.

    Maya

    July 5, 2015 at 6:44 am

  32. It’s a cultural identity and to be respected that people wear it to show their heritage just like any culture

    Jezori

    July 5, 2015 at 7:06 am

  33. Very well said, every point I hoped you would acknowledge, you did. Now my own vague perspective on this is that women should not try to gain power over their sexuality by covering up, because in doing that they are accepting that their bodies are indeed sexual objects and serve no other purpose. The human body is physically capable of so much, every single feature has more than one purpose, and to reduce the entire female body to the purpose of sex is detrimental to overcoming oppression .

    kasiacsmith

    July 5, 2015 at 7:26 am

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  35. Reblogged this on nairbros.

    nairbros

    July 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

  36. I’m just here for the comments

    Opinionated Mommy

    July 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

  37. Reblogged this on zamo32.

    zamo32

    July 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

  38. Reblogged this on parallelismmm and commented:
    I agree with you

    parallelismmm

    July 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

  39. Is there something called ‘questioning’ in Islam ? If it was there, we would have not needed to discuss this and Looooooot more.

    mumbaslife

    July 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

  40. Reblogged this on ABCOJAYKING.

    Haley Queen

    July 5, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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    jayibra

    July 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  42. As a person who is definitely not a woman, I don’t feel I have much to add to this. On the Muslim side of my family, my female relatives seem to make their own choices about whether to wear the headscarf – I do notice that they often start wearing it after they get married, though I don’t know if that’s a strict rule. Maybe there are cultural pressures on women in Muslim-majority areas to wear the hijab. However, in the UAE, where most of my Muslim family now lives, I can affirm that consumerism is rampant as hell. Just go to Dubai Mall, or any mall, really. Same probably goes for people living in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia (though I’ve never been there, so I can’t say for sure.) So that “hijab fights Western consumerism!!!” argument makes no sense at all, as you’ve pointed out.

    I also agree that hijab kind of reduces women to their sexuality, in a sense – as if to say “if men could see your hair, they’d go crazy” or something. In fact, it reduces men as well. I have a few female relatives who won’t even shake my hand because they won’t shake any man’s hand, possibly for the same reason, so we just exchange the “hand over the heart” salute kind of thing that seems to be the standard greeting in those cases. I totally respect their right to choose that way of living, but it does feel weird to me, especially after having lived in the United States most of my life.

    sonatano1

    July 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  43. You know I don’t care about opinions of “Hanna” and other people. You people should just leave everyone on their own. “She does make up, she does her hijab as Western style….” Who are you to judge people base on their appearances. You may say that she claims this but she behaves differently. Well I don’t. So stop making assumptions like you know everything.
    I have no problem with people and the way they dress. In fact I have lots of friends that thinks, dresses different than me. But even for one second we have never disrespected each other. I mean is it really hard for you people to do that too?!!
    You shouldn’t care if I am one of those people you wrote about. I am just stating a fact that nobody would want other people to talk about their own beliefs as if they know what you believe or do. I may be sharing pictures of me wearing my bikini or i may do make up when i cover my hair, i may wear niqab… Whatever i do its none of your business. You are right, not everyone has chose over what they do. That’s why we should at least let other people to be the way they wish to be.
    Stop making pressure on people base on what they believe or wear. STOP GENERALISING! Just leave everyone on their own with their life styles, beliefs.
    As far as I know only thing that you should pay attention about people is whether they are good or bad.

    Nilgün Özer

    July 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  44. Reblogged this on BLACKNWHITE studios and commented:
    Its very fantastic

    samchhn559

    July 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    • I am muslim i am wearing hijab,i love it ,it was my choise before to be forced by any one,your article is like you are angery or you forced to defence us,i respect your opnion, i respect you even if you did not wear hijab, our islam chose hijab for us as cloth that protect us, and give us a bueatful identity ,it dose not bother us it didn’t make any harm to the world,it dosnt make you have a bad day, i dont care of what you wearing and i dont have the right to judge on you,hijab it is not the last world issue,hijab it deeb islamic priciples not just a shape,not every one relize that even muslims ,and in many countries it just like a traditional wearing ,and also in other side there milions of people who love it belive it,however that theire own busnise as Nilgün özer said, if you dont belive it dont wear it, and dont force other to do not wear it, i agree with your point that people should not wear it just becuse they forced to ,they should love it and belive it…i dont expected from any cultural to like me fully,and to be perfect,i like our diffrence.
      Thank you

      mashailg2

      July 7, 2015 at 4:12 am

      • Sorry but i reblog this bro i apolozise bro

        samchhn559

        July 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      • I did not understand what the mistake you made..any way its ok..😊

        mashailg2

        July 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm

  45. I am not against Hijab! Nor do I support it ! I rather say; for the women who like wearing it go on and let it be a choice for other to wear it or not! But claiming that a woman who is not following it is not a good woman is merely a judgemental statement and is an attempt to enforce it on women who believes in their freedom!! It is wonderful if a woman admires her religion and wears Hijab! It is awesome if I try to follow it better than my fellow beings but

    alexkoshy338

    July 5, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    • That I was considering Me as a Muslim woman! Lol.. Juz cuz some woman is not following it doesn’t make her any less of a Muslim but ….there are people who are trying to demoralize that freedom and their lies the problem!

      alexkoshy338

      July 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  46. You like ?wear it! Don’t like it don’t wear it! You dnt like somebody wearing it cuz you dont .. Not right! You don’t like someone not wearing it cuz you do.. Not right! Basic humanity!

    alexkoshy338

    July 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

  47. Hi Iram, love the article. Want to have your permission to post it on my blog.

    mstalle

    July 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

  48. I think you have a good point.
    But these hijabers were actually “attacked” by opinion that the ones who wear hijab are terrorist or extremist.
    So, it’s even in both side.

    One important thing for our future is that everybody should respect each other.

    Please forgive her..

    Harbun G. Subekti

    July 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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    asociacionpedrocubero

    July 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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    July 5, 2015 at 7:36 pm

  51. Women wearing hijabs have get togethers with no men around where they take their scarves off. A close family member has been to one of these get togethers and the women were adorned with fashion symbolizing consumerism. Not all hijab women reject consumerism. Great post though and well said!

    cosmicavocado

    July 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  52. It was a good read. To answer the question whether hijab is, in fact a feminist statement or not, well at the end of the day, it all comes down to an individual’s perspectives. But I do strongly agree with the point that wearing a hijab renders the woman with more responsibility in terms of their actions in public. The society scrutinizes each detail of the Hijabi, waiting to catch hold of the moment they cross the line of the Sharia.

    To conclude, I’d just say: deen should be a matter between Allah and His slave alone. We should refrain from judging people based on their outward appearances. Yea, Hijab is a commandment of Allah, but a non-Hijabi who prays 5 times a day would be more closer to Allah in faith than a Hijabi.

    lubnamaryam92

    July 5, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  53. Here’s the thing. Islam doesn’t oppress women, IT PROTECTS THEM! The hijab is a beautiful symbol. A woman covers up because she loves her religion, she does it for the Lord! I know several Muslims who CHOSE to wear the headscarf. They didn’t do it to gain respect from human beings, they cover because they love it, they love doing it for the Lord. However, I do not believe a Muslim woman who does not wear the hijab is any less than the woman who does. We are all equal in the eyes of the Lord, it clearly says that in the Qur’an. I believe I’m a feminist. I believe women are equal to men. In fact, it seems that Islam is the religion that stresses that men and women are equal more than any other religion. How about that for feminism?

    skkhan19

    July 5, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    • “In fact, it seems that Islam is the religion that stresses that men and women are equal more than any other religion”

      How did you come to that conclusion?
      Islam seems to forbid women from wearing what they like. And some Islamic countries stop women from getting an education, from driving on their own, from even being in the same room as a man who is not their husband, etc. Men have none of these restrictions. Hardly equal now, it is?

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      • Islam does NOT forbid women from “wearing anything they like.” However, Islam gives women more rights than any other monotheistic religion. The problem is readers like you mix up religion and culture. If a woman chooses to dress with her breasts and privates in full view, she should be prepared to get gawked at. I don’t know about the other ladies in the world, but I’d rather be protected and dignified than exposed and raped. Islam PROTECTS women. Another thing, the acts of terrorism and violence are against the RELIGION of Islam, but CULTURALLY people believe it’s okay, even when it’s not. Saudi Arabia enacted crazy laws, for example that women can’t drive; this goes AGAINST the RELIGION of Islam, because the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) didn’t restrict his wives this way. People in “Islamic” countries are going AGAINST Islam, and this is wrong. And by equal specifically, Equal in the Eyes of the Lord. Here’s a tip: Read the ACTUAL Qur’an for learning about RELIGION. Don’t base your thoughts on the actions of the ignorant.

        skkhan19

        July 28, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      • If a woman chooses to dress with her breasts and privates in full view, she should be prepared to get gawked at. I don’t know about the other ladies in the world, but I’d rather be protected and dignified than exposed and raped.
        This seems to be a common theme…if I show a bit of flesh I can expect to get raped. Is that really what you all think? That may be the case in your country, but not in mine.

        With that kind of sentiment and thinking, you’re more or less taking responsibility for anything bad that might happen to you. If you get raped, well, it’s your fault for showing a bit of cleavage. Really?
        That’s what a lot of Asian men seem to think and by covering yourself completely you are effectively going along with that. You’re saying to them “it’s fine, don’t bother with any self discipline on your part…instead, I will remove any temptation by covering myself up”.

        As far as Saudi goes, yes they have some crazy laws. But from an outsiders point of view you can see why it looks mad. Saudi is a muslim state and they have massive inequality towards women. So we see that in the media and equate that with islam. If it’s against islam then why aren’t the imams doing something about it? Why aren’t there muslim scholars speaking out publicly about it?
        The plain fact is that most muslim men agree with it, and as men run the show nothing will get done to rectify it.

        Boko Haram in Africa kidnap and shoot girls who try to get an education.
        IS in Syria throw homosexuals off buildings as punishment.
        The saudis stop women doing a whole lot of things.
        The taliban…well I don’t have enough time to write out what they do.

        They all claim to be muslims and do what they do in the name of Allah – but I presume ALL of those groups go against islam too?

        And Islam does forbid a great many things…inlcuding women wearing what they like. If a woman walked down the street in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi or any particularly strict muslim country wearing a short skirt or crop top, then she would be flogged by the ‘religious police’. And according to your logic then probably raped. And if you believe what you say then it’d be her fault too.
        Then they’d stone her for adultery.

        I’m not going to read the qur’ran. If the taliban, saudis, boko haram and IS all read it (which they claim to have done) and this is what comes of it then I’m unlikely to learn anything. And if it can be interpreted in this many different ways then really, what’s the point?

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        July 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    • I have been trying to get a concept into your head, but you clearly don’t care to understand. No problem.

      Muslims suffer the most because of these terrorist groups. In the U.S. alone there is a lot of racism against them, in schools and society.

      Islam means submission to Allah. “Salaam” which is how they say “hi” actually means peace. No where is the Qur’an does it say that people cab be killed as the terrible terrorist groups are doing it.

      There is a saying in Islam. “To save one man is to save a million, and to kill one man is to kill a million.”

      Isis can say they are practicing Islam properly. They are kidding themselves. Boko Haram, Taliban, all of those idiots, are kidding themselves.

      If you don’t want to believe that the hijab can protect women, that’s your opinion. If you believe Islam restricts women, than that is your opinion. But if you believe that Islam promotes what terrorist groups are doing, than you’re incorrect. Muslims are not terrorists, no more than Christisns or Jews or Hindus and Buddhists, etc. It’s unfortunate that the terrorist groups chose Islam, and may they rot in hellfire for it.

      skkhan19

      September 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm

  54. Fascinating discussion! Thanks for posting this.

  55. Wow… Well said

    Rajiv

    July 6, 2015 at 2:24 am

  56. I wear the hijab, I am a feminist too. I am 19 years old.

    The word hijab means “shield”. For me, it’s shielding myself from evil, nutty men.

    I don’t agree with women who says Hijab is feminist. I think hijab is a NEUTRAL, INNOCENT entity for protection. Why attach extra things to it like it makes you less of a property? Our body, covered or not, is never a property.

    I disagree with Hanna, but yes I am a hijabi and a feminist at the same time. But not the kind of hijabi feminist Hanna may be.

    • I was waiting for someone who wear’s a headscarf to comment
      Thank you, your comments were very interesting

      Iram Ramzan

      July 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    • “For me, it’s shielding myself from evil, nutty men.”

      So rather than educate men, or force them to change, you think it’s better to simply cover yourself up and brush the problem under the carpet?
      I can see why, educating muslim men in restraint and respect for women would be an enormous undertaking, but surely it’s achievable?

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      • “brush the problem under the carpet?”
        No, it is told for men to not gaze at women. If parents are able to raise a man like that, then’s that’s very good.

        But in a developed country such like America, someone is getting raped every 5 minutes (or is it seconds, I forgot). I am simply shielding myself from predictors like such. Others don’t necessarily have to agree with my ways.

        Mon (Imma girl)

        July 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      • Rape is common in other countries too you know, sadly.
        In India over the last year or two there have been 2 recorded instances of public gang rape. Remember that poor girl on the bus?
        And that’s just the ones that get reported.

        If you want to cover your self up so that men do not have to exercise any self restraint whatsover then I guess that’s your right…but you’re not doing them, or yourself, any favours.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        July 29, 2015 at 9:30 am

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  59. Reblogged this on Being an Eccentric and commented:
    It was a good read. To answer the question whether hijab is, in fact a feminist statement or not, well at the end of the day, it all comes down to an individual’s perspectives. But I do strongly agree with the point that wearing a hijab renders the woman with more responsibility in terms of their actions in public. The society scrutinizes each detail of the Hijabi, waiting to catch hold of the moment they cross the line of the Sharia.

    To conclude, I’d just say: deen should be a matter between Allah and His slave alone. We should refrain from judging people based on their outward appearances. Yea, Hijab is a commandment of Allah, but a non-Hijabi who prays 5 times a day would be more closer to Allah in faith than a Hijabi.

    lubnamaryam92

    July 6, 2015 at 7:44 am

    • “The society scrutinizes each detail of the Hijabi, waiting to catch hold of the moment they cross the line of the Sharia” – absolutely

      Iram Ramzan

      July 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

  60. I agree. I really don’t see how you can turn an item that you are forced to wear (I say forced since men do not have to) into something that represents freedom of expression. From taking the plane to Arabic countries I must say that what is sometimes worn under the hijab by some women shows a completely different side, that they suddently don’t mind revealing on the plane. They play modest on the inside or at home and wear short skirts and heavy make up, that is similar to having a double personality.
    It is even more of a problem in countries where we fought for centuries for women rights like France and for the right NOT to wear anything on our heads.

    Mchan

    July 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

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    July 6, 2015 at 8:35 am

  62. Reblogged this article on hasrilwebsite.wordpress.com. thanks

    hasrilgroup

    July 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

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    nachomanzanomar

    July 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  66. Agreed.

    Angela Humayra

    July 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

  67. Reblogged this on hupirhirup and commented:
    Nahh…. mari dibaca. Yang seringkali mengelu-elukan jilbab. Bukan saya menentang perintah Allah ya. Tapi terkadang kok jadi salah kaprah…

    Jujur saya sendiri agak skeptis mengenai jilbab. Orang – orang diluar sana menganggap jilbab itu seuatu sekali, entah bagaimana menggambarkannya. Hanya saja seolah jauh lebih penting daripada akhlak si pengguna jilbab itu sendiri. Seolah gadis yang baik sekalipun tidak dipandang bila tak menggunakan jilbab. Kenapa penampilan luar sebegitu penting jadinya?

    Bila perempuan yang bersikap buruk namun berjilbab akan ada excuse baginya. Ya namanya juga belajar, gitu. Tapi kalau wanita tersebut tidak berjilbab? Ckckckckckc

    Saya malah sering ketemu perempuan berjilbab yang kelakuannya bikin mengelus dada, lebih parah dari yg tidak berjilbab. Ada saja yg tidak bisa menempatkan diri.

    Jilbab sebagai pelindung atau perlindungan dari godaan syahwat atau pemerkosa? Bitch, please. Mungkin dulu iya. Tapi jaman sekarang? Ya kalo kamu nggak mau diperkosa, ya jangan bitchy kelakuanmu. Jaman sekarang ga ngaruh jilbaban atau nggak. Kalo lagi sial bisa aja kena.

    Yeah, someday I wear a hijab too. But not because I am told to do so.

    hyperhupirism

    July 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

  68. Excellent. .I agree your post and I like candy wrapped.

    esoofi

    July 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    • I prefer my candy (or sweets as we call them in the UK) unwrapped – paper doesn’t taste very nice = P

      Iram Ramzan

      July 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      • In this holy month of Ramadan, I pray to Allah Almighty to give you taufiq to wrap your candy (or sweets as you call in UK) with a good quality paper which doesn’t taste bad. Amin.

        esoofi

        July 7, 2015 at 1:51 am

      • I don’t like the term “candy wrapping” it implies that my body is something that is protected simply to be “tasted”. Our bodies shouldn’t be labelled as such. (In case anyone’s wondering, yes I indeed wear the hijab but for not reasons like this). It is, as I say, protection, not keeping it preserved for anyone’s taste-buds, again, in my opinion.

        Mon (Imma girl)

        July 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

  69. no matter what others say..I totally agree with your point…ask women why they wear hijabs or covers their face with a veil “most of them would say because it’s written in Quran or because their elder insists them to do so” my question is to those Muslim men who marry (2, 3, 4 and….) so many wives why don’t they cover their desire for SEX,LUST?? if women does the same then its not permitted…then it would be a sin…but men can do watever he wants to?! men is not pleased with 1 wife he can marry 3 more and fulfill his lust but if women is not satisfied and does d same thing then she’s called a prostitute!! and for those innocent and fool ones who say they wear hijab/veil because they like it “LOL” ok..after wearing hijab u r safe..but wat about other women whom ur husband looks/stares with so much of lust in his eyes?? so please it’s a humble request wear hijab that’s not a problem, don’t force others to do wat u do…evry 1 is independent to do watever dey wanna do…if the woman herself feel lyk wearing it she ll wear it going against her friends and family but otherwisw don’t force her!! infact ppl widout hijabs I.e all the western countries are far more happier than all the Islamic countries…ex-ISIS, Al Quaida, Boko Haram, ISI, Taliban, LET and 100s of such Islamic terrorist group in non islamic countries.. this much is enough to say “how much the followers and practitioners of Islam truly follow the rules of Islam?”

    iwannabeholmes

    July 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

  70. Women are owning it. Like we are owning the word “bitch” “nigga” “fat/plus size”.

    JasmineSkyy

    July 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  71. Very well written post …. Hats off …. I want to reblog this post on islam.theabeda.com …

    TheShahinAkhter

    July 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm

  72. Reblogged this on istinista.

    istinn

    July 6, 2015 at 11:08 pm

  73. I wear hijab because I find that it’s one way I can express my Muslim identity. True, women will face scrutiny from both sides regardless of whether they wear hijab or not, but it doesn’t mean we should judge the other person based on looks alone–it’s all about what’s in the heart.

    I personally do not like for others to see my body, so for me I feel more comfortable covered up, in my case it’s a choice. Other than that I am in no place to judge a woman who doesn’t wear the same hijab as I do, and the other women is in no place to judge me.

    Interesting article by the way.

    ars1947

    July 7, 2015 at 12:46 am

    • “I wear hijab because I find that it’s one way I can express my Muslim identity”

      Interesting. Why do people feel the need to make sure everyone else knows what religion they are? It’s akin to someone wearing a football shirt or something. It makes no difference to their support of the team, but for some reason they want everyone else to know which team they support.

      The hijab makes no difference to the strength of someones faith, all it does is serve to let everyone else know what faith you are.

      I just don’t get any of it.

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      • That’s ok. You may see it differently than how I see it, but that’s just how I feel about it. I don’t think it’s any excuse to shame someone for not wearing it though, or to hold someone who does up on a pedestal.

        ars1947

        July 28, 2015 at 6:34 pm

  74. So when a group of women get together with no men around, they remove the head covering. This is very telling since “Allah ” is watching still, no?

    Equalizer

    July 7, 2015 at 1:28 am

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    Nasir

    July 7, 2015 at 7:32 am

  79. Kudos to you for writing this. It all holds true and I don’t know if it’s mentioned in the comments but even on a psychological level, which no one will talk about, hijab, niqaab, burka and the like are disastrous for the development of a woman’s identity as well as her independence. Most of the times, hijab is considered to be a magic garment that would protect women from harassment (the uncovered candy/lollipop analogy) and it may rob women of the idea that they can and should defend themselves if harassed in any way and the blame for that doesn’t rest on them. This is a big problem in South Asian countries and assault and harassment are constantly defended by this argument.

    Jza

    July 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

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    July 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  81. […] Is the hijab a feminist statement?.  I think you guys are not really getting the whole Hijab thing. it’s not about the cloth. it’s a symbol. And Hana saying is a choice, I think what she is saying is her being a Muslim was her own choice. she wasn’t forced into it. And any good Muslim will reject the notion the flocking of someone just because she decides not to wear hijab. it’s just as saying lets bomb this infidels for not adhering to the Muslims rules. […]

  82. Reblogged this on youngsaeed.

    youngsaeed

    July 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  83. Lets please remember that anything written in any bible for any faith is made by man not God.

    G. R. Hambley

    July 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  84. Reblogged this on Batoul's.

    batoulhachem

    July 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  85. Love this! Many women find themselves stuck in the hijab based on a decision made out of fear of being burned in her when they were just 9 year olds. And when they grow up they find it very hard to take it off because everyone would regard them as bad women.

    batoulhachem

    July 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    • Several American women choose to wear Hijab.

      skkhan19

      July 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

      • Yes and it’s their right to wear it. Just like it’s their right not to

        batoulhachem

        July 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

      • I don’t disagree that they have the right to chose; however, it doesn’t matter if you wear it or not in an equality sense, because all of us (men and women) are equal in the eyes of the Lord.

        skkhan19

        July 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

    • “because all of us (men and women) are equal in the eyes of the Lord”

      just not equal in the eyes of Islam.

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

      • “The eyes of Islam” wow. Ignorance really just be bliss. It is culture that has morphed religious views. The LORD is the eyes of Islam. Try reading a book like the Qur’an instead of reading Wikipedia for information.

        skkhan19

        August 26, 2015 at 1:06 am

      • That’s your opinion. As far as you’re concerned, god IS islam (and vice-versa). But for the rest of us this is not the case. There are either other gods or no gods. Plus, we are saturated with news about IS who execute, torture and rape like it’s going out of fashion. Islam only gives a semblance of equality if you’re a muslim already.

        Did you see the march in London the other day by thousands of ordinary muslims protesting at IS and letting the world know that those atrocities are not committed in the name of true islam? No, neither did I…because it didn’t happen.

        Perhaps, instead of getting all uppity about my ‘ignorance’, you should organise a march or protest by all decent muslims condemning IS’s actions? Or, as I suspect, do you secretly agree with them and would love to have islam and sharia dominate the world?

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        August 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

      • You suspect I think Islam and Sharia should dominate the world? Perhaps a Muslim would say yes.

        As for your imaginary march, wow, you didn’t have any facts or proof to show that Muslims are trying so you go and make a typical synical remark.

        Okay, you are definitely not Muslim, so here’s what I have to say to you. After 9/11, especially in the U.S, there is racism.

        “As I suspect” you watch Fox News, I believe you’re made aware of false facts, lies.

        According to Fox News there is no racism in America, YAY!

        Haha, you’re kidding yourself. If Muslims of the U.S. even organized a rally or march, they’d be seen as Anti-American terrorists.

        On this world, there is no place where Muslims can practice their religion properly (and peacefully which is what Islam is about). In the Middle East there is radical Islam and violence, and in the Western Hemisphere there is racism and violence.

        I don’t know you personally. So I can’t say whether or not you’ve ever been judged because of your beliefs, ethnicity, appearance, etc.; but if you have, then I suggest you think about how it feels to be a Muslim living in the U.S., and dealing with racism.

        True Islam is peaceful. Terrorists aren’t practicing true Islam. And for most Muslims, standing up against this is too unsafe. When Malala Yousafzai stood up she was shot in the head. Thank God she survived, but it was close. Not all Muslims can take that risk.

        skkhan19

        September 4, 2015 at 1:43 am

      • How many times do I have to say this? I am not American. Also, I do not live in America and I do not watch Fox news.

        You said “True Islam is peaceful. Terrorists aren’t practicing true Islam. And for most Muslims, standing up against this is too unsafe”

        So basically you’re saying that IS don’t represent ordinary islamic views but that it’s too dangerous to say anything about it. Wow…talk about a cop-out. So you’ll just sit back and let them get on with it then?

        Malala was shot in the head for trying to get an education. By muslims who claim they were acting in accordance with Islam, I might add.

        I am not racist and I try not to be judgmental on anyone for no reason, but people like you are simply letting IS get away with it. Ordinary muslims need to stand up, en masse, and say ‘Not in our name’. That will be covered by all ‘western’ media and will go a long way to differentiating you from them. Otherwise, and until that happens, you’re all going to get tarred with the same brush.

        You can bitch about right wing media all you like, but until you stop hiding and try to distance yourselves from IS – and do it publicly – then this is the way it’s going to be. No one sees you opposing IS or condemning them so they think ‘well, they must agree with it’. If you don’t agree with IS then SAY SO IN PUBLIC!!! All of you, with one voice.

        But sadly I suspect the truth is that, if push comes to shove, you’d all side with IS because your faith trumps everything else. You can’t see beyond it, and you can’t imagine living without it. The ONLY way to stop the racism and prejudice you talk about is to stand up and be counted.

        “Haha, you’re kidding yourself. If Muslims of the U.S. even organized a rally or march, they’d be seen as Anti-American terrorists.”

        Again, why this fascination with the US?
        But aside from that, it’s simply not true. If there was a muslim march condemning IS actions then it would be welcomed. In any country, the US included. But, as was alluded to earlier, you’re all too gutless to do that. Or lazy maybe. In any case, the solution is in your hands but you’re unwilling to take it.

        There’s nothing I or anyone else can do as long as IS kill freely and ordinary muslims (like you) do and say nothing.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      • Don’t you understand? Muslims are trying! They are saying no in schools when they are compared to Isis! They are having walks and trying to educate the public, but it is not working. And a good Muslim would never side with Isis or any terrorist group, because to be a good Muslim, you must first be a good person. And you have no idea if I am a Muslim or not, because I have never stated that I am. Thanks for giving me more evidence of your assumptions.

        skkhan19

        September 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      • Of course you’re a muslim, otherwise you wouldn’t be defending it and using capital letters when doing so.

        Also, I see no evidence whatsoever of muslims trying. Instead I see debates in France between two Imams about the moral implications of beating your wife. I mean really…they’re arguing over when it is acceptable to do so when in reality it is NEVER acceptable to do so.

        I have never seen a march, protest, demonstration, walk, cycle or other public outcry by muslims against IS. Not one. Never read about one, never heard about one, never seen one.

        Religious fundamentalism and fanaticism has always been a scourge on the face of humanity, but muslims do seem to take it to a whole new level.
        Christian fanatics picket funerals with placards about god hating gays, buddhist fanatics self-immolate…but muslim fanatics suicide bomb other people. They also go around shooting cartoonists for drawing pictures of the prophet. Does that sound even remotely sane?

        I think we’re done here. You have made your points and I have made mine. We will never agree.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

      • We will never agree. I have made my points and you have attempted to make yours. I hope you enjoy your life and that one day you chose to stop being racist.

        skkhan19

        September 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      • Racist? Get a dictionary…muslims are not a race are they? Being muslim is a choice and has no bearing on colour, creed or ethnicity. At least, I assume being muslim is a choice?

        We have also both made points, not attempted to. You made your points, though I do not agree…so at least reciprocate the same respect with regard to mine…even though you do not agree with them.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      • You are right, I respect your opinion; but that is all. I will never agree with you, and you will never agree with me. Nice knowing you, as I am done spending my time arguing with you, since it is a fruitless effort. Enjoy your life but I hope one day you will embrace religion.

        skkhan19

        September 24, 2015 at 2:06 am

  86. I think it will be better if we “do not judge a book by its cover”.

    Kamruzzaman Shaif

    July 7, 2015 at 7:17 pm

  87. Sounds like Hanna has the inherent Stockholm syndrome endemic to females in islam.

    Major Payne

    July 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  88. Reblogged this on adebayoadegbite and commented:

    The debate on feminism occurs in different dimensions, my featured post this evening is about one of the points of contention between the Islamic Religion and the Feminist movement, the headscarf or the Hijab. In this post Iramramzan shares her thoughts on Islam and the feminist movement and the Hijab in a changing world… You will enjoy it.

    deebayuu

    July 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm

  89. ok

    pingpamaligh1985

    July 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  90. Its a funny excuse. Same religion that doesn’t give any right to women. Even in inheritance a daughter will get just half of what her brothers are entitled to ! Same woman can be divorced by word of the mouth and will be maintained for iddat period of just one month. She is entitled ti a meher as the word itself suggests its a favor from husband. Usually its pittance, and woman is turned out usually with the kids in tow.
    Hijab represents not jUST face or body hidden it represents total subversion of feminity.
    And I do know most muslim women too like to use makeup and wear expensive colthes under a abbya …..

    displadude

    July 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm

  91. I give u best Harun khan! جزاك الله خيرا

    addiisman

    July 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm

  92. And as for you @iramramzan, i understand your feelings and reactions towards dishonouring women’s right in any part of the world, u may decide to appear the way u like or even go out without a dress and that’s your own choice but in islam we dont have choices besides God’s commandments, any commandment ordained by Allah is what we follow and explain to each other, if a muslim could try to keep the commandments then he/she must be expecting his/her rewards.
    In fact i dont have much to say to u cuz u will continue to argue upon ur ignorance, so find how who is God before u can talk about religion cases. Thank u

    addiisman

    July 7, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    • “u may decide to appear the way u like or even go out without a dress and that’s your own choice but in islam we dont have choices”

      So correct…’in Islam, we don’t have choices‘. Wow, what a great religion…where do I sign? Oh wait…no alcohol, no bacon sandwiches, no women’s rights…I think I just changed my mind.

      Also, please learn to type properly – ‘U’ is not an acceptable substitute for ‘you’…it just makes you look stupid.

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

      • Yes in Islam women have choices. They can chose who they marry, inherit property, file divorce, get an outstanding education, have jobs, and participate in government.

        Everyone, please don’t be those people who learn one fact about Islam and think they know who has what rights.

        If culture then denies women their religiously guaranteed choices, that is not the fault of the religion.

        Culture needs to stop shaping religion and instead be shaped accurately by religion.

        skkhan19

        September 4, 2015 at 1:47 am

      • “If culture then denies women their religiously guaranteed choices, that is not the fault of the religion.”
        Of course it is…if the religion can be interpreted to allow such actions then the religion is at fault for being ambiguous and non-specific. You could lay some blame at the door of culture, but culture has taken it’s lead from religion and not the other way around.

        “Culture needs to stop shaping religion and instead be shaped accurately by religion.”
        Wrong, oh so wrong. Religion needs to go. And stay gone. It has caused more death and suffering that anything else in history and has always been used as an excuse for one group of people to persecute another. It holds our species back and promotes intolerance and disharmony.

        Religion should be a matter of personal belief only, and should never EVER have any bearing whatsoever on the real world.

        If I could click my fingers and make everyone on the entire planet an atheist then I would do so in a heartbeat, and we’d all be much better off for it.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      • That is your opinion. Don’t dare to expect everyone else to agree. Thank God you do not and will never have that kind of power.

        skkhan19

        September 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      • Yup, it’s a shame that I don’t have that kind of power. Get rid of religion and the world would be a much better place. That is undeniable. Once the notion of god is gone humans might actually start to talk to each other and there’d be far more understanding and less mistrust. And less needless death and suffering too.

        As soon as evidence of life (and it could be alive or fossilised) is found on another celestial body, say a comet or Mars maybe, then finally the nails will be in gods coffin as we come to realise we are not alone in this unimaginably vast universe. At that point, on that great day, humanity will be saved. Until then, we’re doomed to have to suffer the ignorance of extremist idiots.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

      • I am muslim and believe in life out there. There is much Allah did not tell us. He gave us his guidance on how we need to live here on earth in the quran. The religion supports science which is the only religion doing so. Don’t get the religion confused by culture or men that want to control the ways of the muslims. The religion its self is beautiful. If you read the quran, only the quran and not the added hadeth or books saying what we can or can not do you too will see the beauty which is islam. The problem is all the distraction created by man for there own pleasure or gain. It is they who will have to answer to Allah in there end. The religion is simple, pure, and does not need all this negativity thrown at it. If you don’t believe in Allah’s word, well that’s your choice. But don’t judge others for there devotion.

        Saida

        September 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      • “The beauty which is islam…hmmm.”

        The following is a small sample of things that are all forbidden under islam:

        Alcohol
        Pork (ie Bacon)
        Masturbation
        The free mixing and intermingling of boys and girls in a forbidden manner
        Homosexuality
        Making musical instruments, along with most modern music – or music that encourages ‘immoral’ behaviour.
        Women discarding the veil and showing their fineries in public
        The playing of chess, backgammon and other such games
        Gambling

        These are all ‘haraam’ in islam. So you’ll have to forgive me, but any religion that bans beer, bacon sandwiches, games and almost all music is not beautiful. If that’s allah’s word then, to be quite frank, he can keep it because beer, bacon and wanking are a some of life’s greatest pleasures.
        Not that you’d know, but a BLT is the best sandwich on the planet.

        The thing about islam, as far as I can see, is that it has no concept of moderation. Alcohol in moderation is perfectly acceptable. Gambling in moderation is perfectly acceptable. Music is always acceptable…well, all except drum and bass.
        It’s only doing things to excess that is harmful…and that goes for almost everything. For example, we need water to survive but drink too much and it could kill you. Same for salt, or sugar, or oxygen.

        I don’t judge others for their devotion, but I do judge them for following a religion that ‘forbids’ so much good stuff without questioning why.

        For the record, I don’t think homosexuality is ‘good stuff’, but if consenting adults want to practice it then that’s their business – not mine. Who is to say what’s moral and what isn’t? Morality is not absolute…it is a matter of perspective and personal choice.

        Take art. I might like a sculpture but you might hate it. That’s fine…it’s all about personal taste…but a religion that bans things outright and allows no room for people to exercise self restraint is based on stone-age thinking and superstition has no place in the 21st century.

        Make no mistake, the world would be a much better place without billions of people living in the past and basing their 21st century lives on 6th century beliefs.

        For the record, although christianity bans some things as well at least you could have a beer and a hand of poker without worrying you’ll be damned to eternal hell because if it.

        Get rid of god though, and you are free do what you like when you like how you like with only your own moral compass to guide. This is a scary thought to some, because ultimate responsibility would be down to the individual. Hiding behind a pre-determined set of rules absolves the individual from all blame if he / she follows the rules.
        And that seems to include beheading ‘kafir’.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      • I love blt’s…and bacon, however I eat beef bacon which I enjoy more than turkey bacon cause it crisps up. Allah is all forgiving and I doubt will send a person to hell for having a drink. I honestly believe if you are a good person that does good for others you will be forgiven. Good outways the bad and vice versa. I think guidelines are essential to be civilized. Some people will drink too much, and form a bad habbit. Pork was a very dirty animal back then and Christians are not supposed to eat pork either in the old book. It seems pork was an unfit animal to eat years ago but now it’s different. I’m not sure about masterbation. I think it’s so the husband or wife will not neglect the other. I mean why do you need to jerk off if you can have sex? I don’t think you will be sent to hell to relieve some stress or tension will traveling away from your spouse. I think too much is emphasized on what we can’t do instead of loving Allah for giving us life and worshipping him. You may be against religion all together with a rebellious personality which strongly represents how my mother feels. To each it’s own my friend, we are all here to live life while we still have it. People argue, fight and blow other people up to enforce there beliefs. I don’t want to enforce my religion, I just want to enjoy it in peace. I wish well for all of those on earth that are good and have good intensions. If Allah punished people so harshly wouldn’t every one be in hell?

        Saida

        September 24, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      • “Allah is all forgiving and I doubt will send a person to hell for having a drink”
        – so why bother having the rule in the first place, if it can be ignored in small amounts?

        “It seems pork was an unfit animal to eat years ago but now it’s different”
        – yes, because now we (generally) know better than to base life decisions (and decisions in life) on superstition.

        “I mean why do you need to jerk off if you can have sex?”
        – it may be common practice in some cultures to marry as soon as the person reaches puberty, but not in mine. Also, there are times in the month when sex is not an option.

        “I honestly believe if you are a good person that does good for others you will be forgiven.”
        – Yes, yes…and a triple yes for this. It’s all that’s required. No need to pray 5 times a day, no need to fast, no need for anything other than to be a decent person. If only more people realised that’s all that’s required for ALL humans to get on with each other.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 25, 2015 at 9:59 am

      • Go to Mars please; regardless of whether or not life exists there, why don’t you try and spread your atheism? And I don’t believe it’s a bad thing that you will NEVER have that power. And I am not an extremist. Extremists can not be Muslim. They can say they are, but they are wrong. End of story.

        skkhan19

        September 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      • “Extremists can not be Muslim. They can say they are, but they are wrong”

        …but they’d say the same about you…so who’s right?

        This is the problem with ALL religion – it’s too open to interpretation. Some people want to be nice, so they cherry-pick the nice bits of the religion and live by them. Others though, just want to be nasty, and so they choose the bits of the scripture that allow them to kill, rape, torture and all in the name of their faith. It just so happens islam is the worst offender for this.

        Instead of telling me that they’re wrong (the extremists that is), why don’t you tell them? Because they’d kill you, that’s why. They kill over drawings, they burst into an office and machine-gun artists because of a f*cking cartoon. THAT’S your religion right there, and that’s all I need to know. If it can be interpreted like that and used to justify murder then it has no place in the modern world.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      • “itwasalienswotdoneit” I want to tell you something. One day someone will take a stand against terrorists, and I sure as heck hope it is soon. Maybe I am afraid to drop my life right now, move to the Middle East and stand up, but I’m counting the time until I’m ready. Let me put it this way, just to be clear; if someone told me to join terrorists or die, I would chose death without hesitation.

        I can speak for no one else, as this is my personal opinion. I just wish everyone in the world, religious or not, would let me practice my choice.
        Therefore, I wish you a happy and blessed life, regardless of whether or not you even believe in the blessings of God. I am now not arguing with you about your choice.

        You say you judge people for not questioning what they believe in. I must say I personally don’t think that’s right.

        I am done. I am done spending time in front of a computer debating with you, someone who doesn’t agree with me. As I am sure you’re pretty sick of seeing my comments pop up after yours, this may be my last one directed to you.

        skkhan19

        September 24, 2015 at 2:23 am

      • “I just wish everyone in the world, religious or not, would let me practice my choice.”
        – I only have a problem with religious practice when it intrudes on the real world. For example, scientists in the US are not going to be allowed to use aborted foetuses and embryos for genetic study, even though it could provide treatments for all manner of ailments and birth defects, because US politicians believes it goes against god.
        The pope won’t condone the use of contraceptives, even though it would help stem the tide of AIDS in Africa, and prevent more births of children already infected.
        That’s what I find unacceptable, whereas I simply find the worship of a deity that probably isn’t there baffling.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

  93. Reblogged this on The Retrodare.

    Kelsey T.

    July 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm

  94. To all of you ..in the case of the Islamic state ..do you great scholars Evan have a clue who they really are ?¿ it seems not just goes to show how much you really know ..and in the case of the Hijab whats,wrong with it ..don’t nuns wear a similar dress ? But noo because it’s Muslim it’s seen as the most horrible thing in the world ..what about the Jewish people they also hide their hair incase you didn’t know!!! This is an idiotic conversation because most of you answering know nothing about us and never will !!!

    samia007

    July 8, 2015 at 12:14 am

    • Why so angry? Because you know you’re wrong? Yup. That’s it.

      I Like Big Braids

      July 14, 2015 at 5:35 am

      • No I’m not wrong Mr. Big Braids ! This is just another form of demonizing Islam ..furthermore it’s astonishing to me how Uncle Sam has all of you Muslims here Evan questioning the hijab ..here we go islamaphopia ! I see the colonists have you questioning yourselves ..

        samia007

        July 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      • Wow Uncle Sam has done wonders on you you Muslims! They have you questioning everything about Islam it’s really too bad ..The colonists are teaching you to hate everything about Islam ..

        samia007

        July 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      • Hmm funny but why is this Evan being debated ..why aren’t Jewish women or nuns being demonized ohh yes I see because us Muslims are so oppressed (not !!!) These colonizers have you doubting your religion ur traditions everything ..who oppressed you in the beginning was it not the British! ! The west that you love and serve so well ..the very ones that are have massacred all our people ..

        samia007

        July 16, 2015 at 12:20 am

    • First of all, I’m not muslim- never have and for sure never will be. So don’t go off spouting any of that nonsense. I don’t believe anything the media says, but I do know that Islam is not right. Second, you obviously didn’t pay attention to anything the author said, you just heard criticism of islam and let nothing else into your narrow mind. That’s all it takes for you to turn angry and defensive.

      I like Big Braids

      July 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      • I like big braids ..1 st of all thank God ur not Muslim you are so blindsided by the media! You believe everything they say about us ..with ur typical western replies and ur rudeness ..who said we were oppressed? The media ???! All the west knows how to do is demonize us !

        samia007

        July 17, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      • Do you know how to read? You obviously can’t understand simple English because I stated that I don’t believe in the media- I live by my values and experiences. I know that Islam is not right, just another tool of deception used by satan.

        I like Big Braids

        July 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      • Soo happy and thank God ur not a Muslim! You were the one that brought up the IS and furthermore uncle Sam will never usurp my traditions and beliefs. .it’s a shame to all u other Muslims have the “The west ” The true colonizer telling you we are so oppressed.

        samia007

        July 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      • You’re extremely blinded. Keep living in ignorance aka Islam.

        I like Big Braids

        July 19, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      • Ha ha I guess ur brainwashed by Uncle Sam as well ..
        As all Americans are !stay in the dark and listen to their lies in the media

        samia007

        July 20, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      • Still don’t understand English? Lol, you’re a muslim troll. There’s no way someone can be this uneducated. You failed, though, as I’m only amused by your childish comebacks in broken English 😉

        I like Big Braids

        July 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      • Ur a pure American islamaphobic very uneducated. .and misinformed about everything. .what a shame. .you just eat up what the media tells you ..and ur country is the one that made and trained the IS ..in case you didn’t know ..end of this conversation it’s starting to get very stupid with your insults how typical..

        samia007

        July 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  95. @displadude and you mean to tell me western women have so many rights ..really ?? I think not ..in fact they degrade themselves Evan more by the way they wear next to nothing then have the nerve to complain when a man says something to them ..western women think by baring all their skin gives them freedom sorry just the opposite! !

    samia007

    July 8, 2015 at 12:20 am

    • Of course ‘western’ women have rights – the right to vote, the right to have an education, the right to drive, the right to be in the same room with a man who is not their husband…need I go on?

      It’s Islam that crushes women’s rights.

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 11:51 am

      • And it’s Uncle Sam that destroys nation after nation..but we’re not speaking of that are we …we are talking about the stupidist..subject my God why is hijab so contravercial to you people? ?what about nuns what about Jewish women? I don’t Evan understand why the author picked this as a subject ..the worse kind of people are those that loathe their people and traditions. .back to Uncle Sam the usurper of all countries! !!

        samia007

        July 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      • And you think you have rights uncle Sam gives no one rights !u only think you have them ..

        samia007

        July 28, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      • Erm…what? I’m not american (I presume that’s what you mean by ‘Uncle Sam’?) and I’m no supporter of US foreign policy either.

        Nuns wear a habit, jews wear a skullcap etc. All religions seem to have some kind of ‘uniform’ which only serve to identify them as followers of that particular religion. Like walking adverts for it. It’s actually quite clever.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        July 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      • Women in Islam have the exact same rights! Just because “Islamic” countries don’t give those rights, it is NOT the fault of religion.

        skkhan19

        September 4, 2015 at 1:50 am

      • Of course it is the fault of religion…otherwise it wouldn’t happen only in Islamic countries.

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm

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    poohgq

    July 8, 2015 at 2:18 am

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    bloom1997

    July 8, 2015 at 6:41 am

  98. isis is terrorist, and isnt part of islam

    nathalifa

    July 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    • Then maybe you should get all the other decent muslims together and organise a march or protest at IS and their actions in Syria and other places…condemn them publicly, make sure the world sees that you don’t support or condone their actions.

      That’s the only thing that will help here…other muslims (shia, sunni plus whatever else there are) all getting together and saying with one voice that IS do not act in your name.

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      August 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

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    markhamchick

    July 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

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    eoz7

    July 9, 2015 at 3:45 am

  101. I was born in the USA. The first time I ever saw a women wearing a Hijab and those ones that cover the whole body except the eyes behind a mesh it was shocking and scary looking. I now know that the reason is religious. It does not seem like women have a choice.

    lizjensen7

    July 9, 2015 at 6:06 am

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    lizjensen7

    July 9, 2015 at 6:11 am

  103. ” In fact, Muslims themselves – whether that’s imams or scholars – are the ones who make such grand claims about the hijab in the first place. If they didn’t then I doubt anyone else would care.”
    I want to say that imams and scholars don’t claim from their own.If as A Muslim you believe in what Allah And His Apostle SAW said as repeatedly instructed in Qura’n then this is order of Qura’n not scholars.My muslim identity starts with the faith upon all what Allah And His Prophet said.
    (this would not be comprehended by Non Muslims or atheists as basis of being Muslim is based on Faith)

    Make up and hijab are contradictory.very truely picked up.This should be clearly demarcated that what people show or practice should not be confused by instructions of Quran And Sunnah.People can err and can have different patterns of following.That surely doesn’t mean that Islam is that.The version on ISIS by Haroon Khan is highly commendable and is an example.

    “Few people will approach a man and inquire about the way in which he is dressed. Yes, yes, men must “lower their gaze”, but a man won’t be denounced as a ‘bad Muslim’ nor will his dress code be used as an excuse to prevent him from attending the mosque or other Islamic functions. There aren’t dozens of books dedicated to telling men what they must and must not wear as there are for women and the dozens of guidelines they are given, exclusively by men”
    I will go for common sense not religious connotation.Men and women are not same in their physique,thoughts,sensitivity.Science also gives evidence.For example in fat content is greater in content in females as compared to that in men.So when from the very core of genetics,they are different,why is there so emphasis on being so much equal?
    (I just want to point out anatomical differences and may be who believe in science only can find the next conclusion based on this difference!)

    “When I was nine years old, I was taught in mosque that if I did not cover my hair, Satan would urinate on it”
    I am very sorry for what you had to learn at this tender age but you may know very well that there is no existence of this kind in Islam.Again the same issue ,wrong preaching of Islam.and it is quite normal as in every subject whether religion or science,corrupts do exist but that surely doesn’t reflect the subject itself.

    “Unfortunately, women who do wear a headscarf are judged twofold. When they are seen doing things they are not “supposed to do” (smoking, talking to strange men) they are told that they are hypocrites because, like it or not, they are seen as walking, talking, breathing examples of Islam. Anything they do is reflected on the religion.”

    smoking is not supposed to be appropriate for anyone irrespective of Hijabi,Non Hijabi And even respected men!!
    i observe veil and I talk to strange men in necessity as I am professional doctor and there is no ban from Islam. There is a difference between established mindsets about supposed to be and not supposed to be and actual version of Islam.Sadly,today the version of Islam and mindsets of Muslims don’t accord with each other. A s a Muslim I do care what Islam says because this is my faith but I don’t care what people say or practice wrong in the name of religion.

    To observe Hijab because it is Allah’s Instructions and also for the sake of men too …is instruction of Allah not any scholar’s order.

    Just a comparative experience..I was in KSA for 17 years and was never forced for Niqab and I am in Pakistan for seven years and my sister was forced to get her hijab off in TOEFL exam even after identification done by an officer.The bans do exist in different areas but only KSA and Iran are highlighted most of the time surprisingly.Information ,if to be shared, it should be comparative.

    Thanks for patience of reading my opinion.
    As for the question if I would wear Hijab even if it was not required by religion.
    Answer is yes I would because then my common sense and logistics would have persuaded me to do so!

    abeerhafiz

    July 9, 2015 at 7:53 am

  104. I support opinions of Haroon khan and adiisman

    abeerhafiz

    July 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

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    wonderfullifeofmaddy

    July 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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    Kaphaaya

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    Habib Hafidh Alkaf

    July 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  108. I like that you support the idea that a lady should be free to decide what she wants to wear without discrimination, nicely written. Religions are, ultimately, supposed to make this world a better place, oppressing women in the name of religion is highly ironic. 🙂

    snowcheese14

    July 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  109. Just amazing :’)

    zainab33

    July 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm

  110. Reblogged this on thewickedtai.

    definingfiction

    July 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

  111. Reblogged this on fatemahtabassum.

    fatemahtabassum

    July 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

  112. Reblogged this on Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and commented:

    Hijab issues ..

    Wisam Hazimeh

    July 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  113. You need to digitalize your thoughts first. ..who told you Islam is what isis does? ?those are group of murders. ….Islam is a peaceful religion that does not encourage any kind of violence. …what isis is doing is their own thought and we cannot call it Islam. …genocidal is your thought. …Our religion is not ignorant. …try reading the Islamic books. ….Islam encourages us to Co-live peacefully with people from other religions. …It also encourages us to respect other religions ….isis set out to fool people like you into believing that Islam is an ignorant religion. …but the reality is that it is so despicable of you to believe them

    naimaalaylon18

    July 10, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • Finally someone who gets it ! @naimaalaylon18 ..thank you for the great comment ..

      samia007

      August 31, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  114. Reblogged this on where the raven landed.

    dionemiller

    July 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm

  115. No, however many Muslimahs in the Western hemisphere and those in the developed parts of the third world are adopting the feminist manifesto and attitude and then blaming their evil character and warped understanding of Islam on men and they want to be equal with men in everything, this is oppression for men and women both, it is about justice, based upon understanding every human male, female, old or you, disabled, facilitating according to their innate dispositions not everyone is the same.

    thoughtsofwsa

    July 10, 2015 at 8:55 pm

  116. […] Since then Hanna decided to follow up with an article, which does not really address some of the points that I, or others, raised. I won’t repeat everything I wrote earlier – for that you can read my piece here and here. […]

  117. Read my post and share publicly please

    tellingu

    July 11, 2015 at 12:54 am

  118. *Islam is a Deen of Justice and being a Balanced Ummah in the middle path between extremism and negligence.

    thoughtsofwsa

    July 11, 2015 at 1:26 am

  119. I appreciate the contradictions that you brought up here. I go to a university in the US with a really high Muslim population and have heard many Muslim women talk about how they are proud to wear their hijab because they are proud to be Muslim women. I no longer see the hijab, on the whole, as a symbol of oppression. However, I think the points you make about the number of women that are forced to wear the hijab are very relevant. We should certainly accept the women that choose to wear their hijabs and not treat them as if they are sad little oppressed puppies. But, we should also be discerning and understand that there are many women who are forced to wear a hijab through emotional or physical abuse. It would be silly, futile, and in opposition to religious freedom to try to ban or reject the hijab altogether. There must be a middle ground between the extremes of oppression against women and oppression of Muslims.

    Patria Franklin

    July 11, 2015 at 2:07 am

  120. Reblogged this on Our Sisters Our Time.

    oursistersourtime

    July 11, 2015 at 7:58 am

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    sanisanoh

    July 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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    mohdamuhsin

    July 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm

  123. Hi, not sure how this works but this is my post on a similar matter. I share your views. https://wordpress.com/post/72611303/52/

    Georgia Morandi

    July 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm

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    emelllyn

    July 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm

  125. Reblogged this on juliusabagi.

    drjayjnr

    July 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  126. Reblogged this on inside my head.

    jaydasomething

    July 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  127. Reblogged this on princessleha and commented:

    Great👍

    Princess Leha

    July 14, 2015 at 12:21 am

  128. Great!

    joespize

    July 14, 2015 at 4:18 am

  129. Theforgottenonesblog.com

    theforgottononesblog

    July 14, 2015 at 5:54 am

  130. I personally love the video in question. I’m fairly frustrated by people who try to silence my or mandate away my right to dress as I please.

    And she’s -not- degrading non-hijabi women….What she said is actually part of feminism, depends on on what school you belong to you can actually accept modesty as a feminist opinion.

    She also didnt mention any of the shaming from memes or other community members, or the “anti rape” opinion. This writer is reading a lot into a simple, and long needed defense of Muslim women in the West.

    Noor Qu

    July 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

  131. Reblogged this on dabum1991's Blog.

    dabum1991

    July 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  132. Thank you so much for your thoughtful reasoned discussion of the hijab. I enjoyed your post and look forward to future ones. I think it is interesting that head coverings are also mandated in other monotheistic faiths as well. When I was young, I had to wear a hat to church (although wearing hats inside elsewhere was bad form). Nuns cover their hair in much the same manner, while many orthodox Jewish women wear wigs…

    travelmagnolia

    July 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

  133. La ilaha ila الله

    cursedchild

    July 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  134. Well writen article but with no knowledge, just a hatred toward hijab. Catholic woman in church wear veil too, why not mentioning about that.
    Hijab is just woman way to follow GOD’s rule about covering human’s luscious part. That part is only for Husband and Wife to enjoy, not some random people in the street. Try wearing bikini while walking in the street for daily basis, lets see how many rape you get.
    Wise man said, if you do not know what it is, then do not talking about it. If you want to talk about it, know it first.

    Sulthon

    July 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    • “Try wearing bikini while walking in the street for daily basis, lets see how many rape you get”

      WTF are you on? Are you seriously suggesting that if a woman walked down the street in a bikini she would be (repeatedly) raped?? Well maybe in your backward country, but not in mine. Otherwise every sun-drenched holiday destination on the planet would be rape-central.

      Don’t blame women for your lack of self-control…it’s pathetic.

      itwasalienswotdoneit

      July 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

      • Can’t respond properly and straight to attacking? Okay

        Look, valuable thing is well protected. A pearl is only found inside the shell. You will always store your valuable thing in safe. You will only expose your not so valuable thing to public. Is that what you want?
        Quality thing do not need to be advertised, people will always know that it is quality thing, and try hard to own it.

        Wise man said, if you do not know what it is, then do not talking about it. If you want to talk about it, know it first.

        Sulthon

        August 31, 2015 at 5:17 am

      • I did respond properly, when you consider that YOU actually wrote this:

        “Try wearing bikini while walking in the street for daily basis, lets see how many rape you get”

        Quite clearly, you think wearing a bikini is an invite to rape. So I ask again…what the hell are you on?

        If, in your country, someone runs the real risk of being raped because they wear something revealing then that implies a real problem with your country.
        If you go to the Maldives, Bali, Hawaii, Sharm-el-Sheik etc…all the hot, sun kissed tourist destinations wear almost everyone wears a bikini (or other swim wear or sun bathing attire) then why are women not being raped left, right and centre?
        You seem to be laying the blame for being raped at the feet of the victim and not the rapist.

        Do you believe rapists are absolved from blame if the woman is wearing something revealing or immodest??

        itwasalienswotdoneit

        September 1, 2015 at 10:33 am

  135. Reblogged this on Dumb Writing and commented:

    This article is just another hatred toward hijab. The writer tought He/She know what it is. But the truth is, it is just a justification about how He/She hate hijab. Using un-essential statement, typical hater.

    Sulthon

    July 15, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  136. Reblogged this on montgomerymonologue.

    mandymontgom

    July 16, 2015 at 1:55 am

  137. Hijab is a choice which is something I think you both have argued well. Some women wear it and some don’t. I don’t. But the implications of why or why not are mine alone.

    mandymontgom

    July 16, 2015 at 1:58 am

  138. As a convert to Islam, who happens to also have chosen to wear hijab, I must say that a lot of things in this about this is wrong. No one country requires anyone to wear a bikini? Perhaps not, but plenty of countries make it forbidden to wear articles of clothing. In France recently, a teen was sent home from school from wearing a maxi skirt because it was a representation her Muslim faith. In case you were not familiar enough with France law, the girls there are not allowed to wear religious clothing (a headscarf, cross, the star of David, and so on). What makes this any better than Iran forcing women to wear clothing? Also, just thought I would let you know that in Saudi Arabia, women must were an Abaya, but that is not hijab. There are plenty of people there, including many of my expat friends, that walk outside with nothing covering their face or hair. According to Islam, it is forbidden to force a woman to wear hijab against their will. Please, let us not confuse culture for religion.

    danaenicoleb

    July 16, 2015 at 4:02 am

  139. Nice article

    rachelelizabeth365

    July 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm

  140. Reblogged this on MEENAHSHEHU.

    Meenahshehu

    July 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  141. A much needed piece of Writing I wanted to read . Great job . 🙂

    Maryam Yasmin Mustafa

    July 17, 2015 at 1:15 am

  142. Reblogged this on Canduhlittah and commented:

    I had to re-blog this piece. Quite beautifully articulated

    Random Thoughts

    July 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

  143. I never actually thought of it as a strange or unusual thing really especially growing up in Singapore where I see lots of Muslims from Malaysia. Even Christians (mostly in India) are required to wear a veil over the head when in church. Not compulsory but just cause it’s written in the bible. I wear a veil over my head in church every Sunday.

    P.S. please check out my fairly new blog.

    Annie

    July 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    • Nothing in the bible to say you should cover your head what la la land are you living in?

      truebrit2000

      July 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      • It’s there in Leviticus but I’m not sure it’s applicable to us but in many places like Malaysia and India Christians must cover their head in the church.

        Annie

        July 21, 2015 at 10:33 am

      • 1 Corinthians 11:6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But since it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair shorn, let her cover her head.

        Annie

        July 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

  144. Reblogged this on agesgist.

    agesgist

    July 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm

  145. Reblogged this on hannahglover.

    Culture Cannon

    July 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

  146. Don’t know if I agree with you. Your points about Saudi and other countries installing a law to wear the hijab are very valid. But it my eyes wearing a hijab is a personal matter. It may be a symbol of oppression in some societies but when a western girl choosing to wear a hijab on her own terms, it is an expression of freedom of choice. And that should be celebrated not condemned. I like to wear skirts and despise jeans and bikinis. Does that make me any less of a feminist than you? I would hope not. Let’s not allows our clothing to define our morals and ethics!

    vitzy93

    July 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  147. What crap the way you dress has nothing to do with you faith. Men should be made to dress like this so they can see how hard it is to be covered from head to foot when out.

    truebrit2000

    July 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

  148. I don’t know

  149. hello my friend
    i am new
    how i can follow your page here
    i love Think and talk about hijab and this matters

    ehraam

    July 20, 2015 at 11:18 am

  150. People need to chill- I understand, true.

    This was an interesting read.

    debooWORKS

    July 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  151. I think you are confusing culture with religion in a couple cases here. First of all; in the United States and the western world, Muslim women who don’t choose to wear the hijab are not looked down upon; it is their choice to make. Perhaps in some third world countries cultural beliefs make it so that women who don’t wear hijab are shamed, but the hijab advertisement you speak of takes place in the western world and aims to instigate pride. The reason they want to promote hijabi pride is because women who wear hijab in the U.S and Europe face different struggles every day, and feel bad about their choice, religion, and identity even if they are happy with who they are. (My first blog post actually talks about my personal experience with that online). Videos such as the one you shared aim to explain to non-Muslims why hijabi women should be respected and treated fairly, or in other words…treated just like everybody else. They are trying to celebrate the tough choice some women made by choosing to wear the hijab, but by doing that they are not shaming those who chose not to wear it. Think of it this way: we celebrate people who decide to donate blood, do community service, serve in the army, go to college, get a medical/law degree, and so on, but by doing so we do not shame or put down those who haven’t done those things! I hope you can keep an open mind when thinking about this issue, it is very layered and complex, and cannot be judged by a couple videos or ads you may not agree with.

  152. It is unfortunate that you have had negative experiences regarding the hijab and Islam in your childhood. While I understand that our childhood shapes the way we view things in adulthood, I believe you are carrying around a lot of biased hate.

    The point of feminism is that I, as a woman, can wear whatever I want to and however I want to, whether it’s a bikini, a hijab, or a hijab with “make-up” (the horror!) without being judged or made felt to be inferior. Just like Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham promote nudity and sexuality, Hanna has the right to speak up about the hijab.

    I have spent much of my life in America, and parts of it in a Muslim region. While there were many things I was opposed to or felt needed to be changed, I personally knew girls who put on the hijab by choice only to take it off a little while later, and never did they have to face hostility or discontent. You confidently speak for all Muslim women who wear the hijab, but what makes you think you are capable of being their voice?

    If you understood the true meaning of feminism, you would never berate a women for not only choosing to wear the hijab in the first place, but also going as far as to judge them for HOW they choose to wear it (tight, blue, or with make-up).

    There will always be critics and opponents. While you insult women in the western world for wearing the hijab while women in Saudi Arabia are forced into it, I rejoice that the Western world has given women the freedom to wear whatever they would like — whether it’s a bikini or a hijab.

    Indira

    July 20, 2015 at 11:46 pm

  153. No one would choose to cover themselves head to foot in countries where it’s always hot…it’s a legacy thing where women have had it forced up on them and now some are trying to defend it. Well fine, if you like it, but don’t make out it’s a choice…if you didn’t have to (and I mean absolutely have to) then you wouldn’t. I mean, who would?

    I was on holiday in Egypt recently and I saw some serious double standards at work. Men were walking around (and it was about 35 degrees Celsius) in shorts and TShirts yet their wife was walking around covered from head to foot in dark clothing. I mean…wtf? It’s OK for him to enjoy the sun and get some nice breeze on his arms, but not her? It’s pathetic. The reason for it is because muslim men lack self control when it comes to women. That’s why they force them to cover up. It’s not for the womans benefit, it’s to remove temptation from the men. This is also the reason why rape victims are often treated as the criminal in muslim (and other cultures too…India I am looking at you here!) rather than the victim. The men see a women showing a bit of leg or something and are unable to control themselves…then blame the woman for it after.

    Religion has always been a form of mass control, but it seems that some are more controlling than others.

    I’m very much a live and let live person…but please, let’s have a little common sense about it.

    itwasalienswotdoneit

    July 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

  154. Iram, considering how you structured the content of your post I can’t help but think: how much did you get paid and was the effort enough for a promotion (or the least a bump up in the pay packet)?

    Oh before you jump out of your skin – I am not a Muslim 😉

    The British Asian Blog

    July 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  155. I want you to know I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this article. My roommate I had wore a hijab, and we discussed this very topic before. It’s an interesting debate, because though she was very laidback about women wearing a hijab versus nothing, she was adamantly upset when it wasn’t worn “properly”. She showed me all her scarves, and it made me realize that there are some things you never truly comprehend until you can witness it. In Christianity/Judaism, we are taught how beautiful long hair is, how feminine and how regal it is for the female to own it. However, when we chop off our hair, many are made fun of. It’s a similar concept to control women, and I feel as long as you feel like YOU’RE doing your best in your religious beliefs (or lack of), more power to you. In all religions, there is a script to teach others how they’d want to be treated, and I feel like we need to follow this lead.

    Mike Crutcher-Lord

    July 22, 2015 at 2:50 am

  156. THUMBS UP!

    Arul

    July 22, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  157. The Hijab buys into the theory that women are responsible for a mans inability to control himself. How is this in anyway Feminist Logic?

    nursetamarah

    July 23, 2015 at 4:04 am

  158. Reblogged this on liathegreater.

    liathegreater

    July 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

  159. I do agree with some parts of the article, but not completely – then again, I really don’t have to.
    Many Muslim women can portray Islam in a wrong way and can portray the wearing of a Hijab in a wrong way. Not only that, but many teachings of the Islam is interpreted in a wrong way, as well, just like you have experienced when you were a nine-year-old. Some people are not capable of teaching the correct methods and instead use the fear and threatening mechanism to teach others, this is not only done in Islam but done in many other religions and also parenting techniques. For example, ‘If you do this, you will not get (blank).’

    Clearly, you did grow up in somewhat of a different Muslim community but I’m not sure you quiet understand what Islam is about and if you’ve encountered women who truly understand and appreciate the headscarf. Many women and men might agree with what you have wrote and share your thoughts and opinion (as I’ve read in the comment above,) however as a Muslim who does not wear the headscarf I would like to tell you that you and many other people actually need to learn a bit more about Islam, the traditions and the culture where this comes from and not only look at a tiny spec of an entire community and religion.

    The Hijab to some women is liberty, just like walking around naked is a liberty to other women. Muslim women, Hijabi women, Hijabi-Fashionistas are trying to show the world that no – you cannot judge me based on my headscarf. They can wear make-up just like you, they can wear a dress, just like you, they can go out and have fun -again, just like you and yes, they do post post pictures and interact with men, just like you. What a lot of people misinterpret sometimes is that if a woman is wearing a headscarf, that means she’s being oppressed, abused and not free – which is not true. Therefore, maybe sitting down with an actual scarf wearing Muslim and asking her all of your questions is better than going around and judging an entire culture and religion. You may have experienced it in a wrong and in a different method, but that doesn’t mean that everyone experienced it the same way as you did. You see, some people might have experienced Islam and the Islamic teachings a bit more … Correctly, might I say?

    Why can’t Hijab be a feminist statement, but nipples can?

    Again, this is simply an opinion and I do respect yours, I just wish that instead of judging a whole entire culture and religion that you’d actually speak about it to people who are from the same religion and understand there point of view a bit better.

    Salam,

    Noor

    Noor Alomran

    July 25, 2015 at 7:20 am

  160. Reblogged this on deep house long legs and commented:

    Couldn’t agree more. Free yourself. Free your appearance. Free your body. Women are beautiful & should never be afraid to take pride in that.

    Deep House Long Legs

    July 26, 2015 at 3:12 am

  161. A lot of things I want to say about hijab. But in a short, all I can say is “My religion is not my identity”. To me hijab is such a symbol of the religion that many muslim women decided to wear. Well, it’s all up to them, especially women who lives in some country with feminism matter due cultural and political issue. I think they do not have much choice to be what they want. I’m glad I born in a country that give me freedom to be what I want. So I decided to keep trying to get close to The One Who Creates me without being annoyed by those symbols. Because to me Islam and Arab culture is a different thing. Although Quran write about hijab, but to me hijab is Arab thing.

    uun76

    July 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

  162. Reblogged this on asharma518's Blog.

    asharma518

    July 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm

  163. This was wonderful. My fiance is Muslim and many times I feel shamed as his future wife for not wearing a hijab especially when we attend events where the crowd is largely Muslim. I, however am not Muslim and still feel the shame. Interesting perspective.

    godivachronicles

    July 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  164. The think I don’t understand is how fluid religious approved behaviour seems to be. The hijab is purported to be islamic, by some and not by others? Who decides this stuff? Who decides how to interpret contradictory passages in religious texts? It’s like religious leaders are a sort of unelected government who choose how their followers behave?

    In the end I suppose your left with a handful of definite approved behaviours (undisputed between followers) between all interpretations. One of which is definitely – perhaps majorly – female monogamy and no sex before marriage. So, in a way Islam (and other religions) could be considered to be an effective protector of female chastidy, and an enforcer of children raised in marriages, and a preventer of divorce. Which all seems quite a positive thing to me.

    oncewasahippy

    July 27, 2015 at 10:10 pm

  165. An interesting perspective. If you have any further thoughts on this I’d love to read them via blog post as it’s a topic that I have thought about a lot and am slowly coming to conclusions on. Thanks.

    ayitl

    July 28, 2015 at 1:19 am

  166. Reblogged this on ArtEdutech.

    ArtEduTech

    July 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  167. Very interesting article! 🙂 Xx

    thefashionveggie

    July 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  168. Interesting post, Satan’s urine got my hair on fleek 😝

    Mindful Reader

    July 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  169. To answer the question in your title: NO! It is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be a feminist statement.

    Bipolar1Blog

    August 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

  170. It has always been a symbol of the oppression of women by men and it always will be. Any other interpretations by young women, who have bonuses what their mothers and grandmothers suffered to get our from under its abhorrent grip is simply stupid!

    Bipolar1Blog

    August 1, 2015 at 7:05 am

  171. *young women who have no idea what their…

    Bipolar1Blog

    August 1, 2015 at 7:06 am

  172. i don’t know about anyone else but i find the “unwrapped candy” comparison offensive. I am a person for God’s sake; not a product (you know what i mean).

    Afrin

    August 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm

  173. In Serbia, old widows start to wear black and embrace headscarves because they are apparently forever in mourning when their husbands die (not all women do this btw but a lot of the old school mentality women do). Headscarves make women unattractive because there’s no hair to frame your face, no neck to elongate it, and you look like a little old lady (since in my culture, only old ladies wear them). So it’s laughable to me when women in other cultures wear the hijab for modesty and “intellect” purposes but then emphasise their eyes with make up (dramatic eyeliner and mascara), accentuate their lips (a notorious body part for attracting sexual attention and gaze), pile their headscarves on their heads to resemble hairstyles, decorate them with jewellery, and otherwise wear really tight fitting jeans, turtlenecks, dresses etc.
    Like, you are using your hijab as a fashion statement just as much as old school British women used hats, or women in Africa use colourful turbans.
    You are not above us, you do not “not” subscribe to consumerism, and you actually get on my nerves because there’s a direct subliminal implication that you are better than me which is bullshit. The same way that Christian purity rings became a trend, the hijab is a trend as well. Unless you’re using it to make yourself uglier and less attractive and less appealing, you’re doing it wrong in my opinion because it’s not compatible with what you keep telling us what the hijab stands for. Fashion and the old school reason for wearing a hijab are incompatible. The way it’s worn now is an evolved expression of Islam, of women trying to control their societal expectations, to gain individualism in a religion and society that demands they be borderline invisible, and an attempt to make oneself still be attractive despite having to look like a little babushka.

    THATS how a lot of us Western white women see it and if that’s not the message you’re trying to send out then re-evaluate how you look with hijab on. Right now it’s a joke what you’re trying to convince us to believe.

    anam

    August 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    • This is a ‘gritty piece of thought’ . ‘No! ‘ the muslim veil are not gradations of mental slavery’ . No, we don’t hide ourselves in drapery . the veil does not restrict a women’s beauty. it does not restrain them, confines them , or groom’s them for the docility and lastly it does not blinker your vision and your destiny’ it simply defines a women’s modesty’ . It gives women respect, place, position and status on the bases of knowledge, character, dignity and modesty. We aren’t oppressed. Nonetheless its not even about right but choice.” It’s a different perspective were I would say ‘when I am in public my sexuality is in my control’ and people must deal with who I really am and not judge me based on my hijab or veil.
      Dont we eat junk though its unhealthy? Dont we smoke despite of knowing it kill us?

      You said ,”So it’s laughable to me when women in other cultures wear the hijab for modesty and “intellect” purposes but then emphasise their eyes with make up (dramatic eyeliner and mascara), accentuate their lips (a notorious body part for attracting sexual attention and gaze),.”

      Well , that is default in todays people , too obstinate . they keep modifying in order to thrive. Like speaking of christanity in india i see people saying “even our religions has certain rules with covering ourselves…modesty of women resemblance to modesty of muslim women” . which is quite astonishing to me. While, i lived in dubai, there the christines demanded of being more westernised with no limits of exposure”. It wasnt the matter of any nettlesome to them at all. So see religion is not an agitation , it is cynical to many.

      Perhaps, i think it would make us more wise to respect the religious symbols and right of all believers and be tolerant to maintain a culture respecting Inter Faith dialogue and religious co-existence. Because joke is an short and amusing anecdote and not a worlwide puppet show .

      Good day 🙂

      Sania

      August 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  174. Mashallah ! I loved your blog .Beautiful it is!

    Even i own a blog sanya512.wordpress.com if you could visit and review it would be a pleasure.
    Good day .

    Sania

    August 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm

  175. Hi like your blog although I wear hijab but I think one should what she feels comfortable in . If you don,t feel comfortable wearing hijab and that’s your choice and no one should judge you for this . Sometimes girl who don’t wear hijab are modest than those who fully cover themselves . Apart from it there is nothing bad wearing western clothes , It’s your choice own choice to select your dress code .

    rymyself

    August 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

  176. All the fuss and noise by people who are not informed enough about the religion to even be making a comment. Whilst I’m all for freedom of speech I also believe that one should not comment if not properly and fully informed about the subject matter.
    Since the US attacks islam has been in the spotlight seen by some as oppressive and by others as the religion that is anything but.
    I am a pracitising muslim in South Africa and even though I don’t consider myself to be the perfect muslim example I don’t expect to be used as an example of what the faith is supposed to do.
    The religion as it came about was simple and has since changed by the very people and communities in which it ia practised. So yes to talk about feminism, capitalism consumerism and the like – these are issues that have been created by the societies we live in, the societies in which we have to practice our religious beliefs and concepts that we associate to matters like the hijab. The prophet pbuh was not the 1 to create these concepts nor instruct his followers to associate such things with matters of quraan and sunnah.
    So before we choose to have an opinion about anything, perhaps it is best that we first look at ourselves and ser how much has been consumed by westernism and draw a distinction between the concepts that have been introduced to us in our communities and those instructions given to us by the prophet amd quraan themselves.

    aneesacasahm

    August 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

  177. You argue women in Saudi Arabia and Iran are forced to wear hijjab. Women in France are forced not to. My hijjab is my right, and my choice. I have the right to believe what ever I want, and wear whatever I want. Why does that offend you?

    Oh, and I do love my hijjab!

    nerdymarketer

    August 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

  178. Hijab is dignity and security

    ishtiyaq22

    August 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    • I too am a Muslim women with this same thought. I am Italian American and converted to Islam at 18 years old. I started wearing the hijab thinking it was what we as muslim women were required to wear to please Allah and to not entice the opposite sex. Now that I am older I do not wear the hijab anymore. This has been a hard transition as my husband did not want to support this. I felt ashamed at times to not wear my hijab because my husband made me feel like I am in the wrong. I tried to tell him that attention was more with the hijab on as we live in a country setting with white as the majority of the population. I was getting attention I did not want. Now, when living in the city of phili for a few years I attracted male attention greatly with hijab and over garment on with very minimal make up. Muslim men looked at me and apoached me respectively, and non muslim men looked and aproached me too. I think men are drawn to a women wearing a hijab if they are pretty because they are curious. Men are very curious creatures and it sometimes gets them into trouble. They wonder what we look like ungarbed. I told my husband that it’s rediculous that I cover all the time so he can’t see my hair but he can see all other women and there hair. He says he does not care about women’s hair, that’s not what men notice first, usually it’s there body that is noticed. Well then why must we cover out hair if that is apparent beauty? You see how it’s so controversial? I ultimately stopped wearing my hijab because I found out it was not made clear in the quran as many other things in the world of question. Someone somewhere decided for all muslim women that this was what is needed to please Allah. I feel that Allah left this to each muslim to decide for ourselves what we think will please Allah. And on pleasing Allah we will please ourselves. A Muslim man and women should deside for them selves, because when the day of judgment comes they have no one to answer for but themselves.

      Saida

      September 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

  179. Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist born in Poland in 1867. She is best known for conducting pioneering research in radioactivity. She shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband, Pierre Cutie and colleague Henri Becquerel. She won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. She has the distinction of being the only person to win Nobel Prizes in multiple science disciplines.

    Sophie Germain was a mathematician born in France in 1776. She was largely self-taught in the discipline as she would not have been accepted to any university due to prejudice against her gender. She was a pioneer in elasticity theory and her work on Fermat’s Last Theorem provided a foundation for mathematicians exploring the subject for centuries after. She won the grand prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences for her essay on elasticity. In recognition of her contribution towards advancement of mathematics, an honorary degree was also conferred upon her by the University of Göttingen six years after her death. The Academy of Sciences established The Sophie Germain Prize in her honor.

    Dorothy Hodgkin was a biochemist born in Egypt in 1910. She advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography, a method used to determine the three-dimensional structures of biomolecules. Among her most influential discoveries are the confirmation of the structure of penicillin previously theorized by Ernst Boris Chain and Edward Abraham. She became the third women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the structure vitamin B12.

    None of these women wore a hijab, but they all command great respect. They earned the respect of the world with a distinguished set of accomplishments achieved with their intellect, talent, strength, and determination. The list of remarkable, influential women offering notable achievements in art, science, literature and politics without the need of a hijab is virtually endless.

    It is doubtful that they spent much time concerning themselves with whether world perceived them as sexual objects. It is much more likely that they were preoccupied with the subject of their work. And it is the product of their work, their accomplishments, for which they are noticed. It is because of their strength, intellect and perseverance that they succeeded in transcending the barriers before them as a result of prejudice against their gender. A hijab would never have helped them transcend those barriers. If anything, it would have enforced them.

    Donning a hijab is not a means of sending a message that you are not a sexual object. On the contrary, it does exactly the opposite. It is an admission that you accept that you may be viewed as exactly that type of object. A woman that chooses to wear a hijab sends a clear message that she views herself as sexual object, just a more virtuous object than her non-hijab wearing counterparts. Sending such a message does a disservice to the women who struggle to break the barriers posed as prejudice against their gender all over the world and it is an insult to the women who are forced to wear it against their will.
    I can’t deny any person’s right to choose what they wear. Neither can anyone deny my right to express that it is a disgraceful, self-deprecating choice.

    Almony

    October 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

  180. I made it a policy of mine never to take sides unless I absolutely must.. I mean there are enough unnecessary and pointless opinions out there and yet it is the freedom of speech which gives us a voice…

    the hijab hides a girls hair… now… while hair does make a girl attractive… some guys couldn’t care less.. and I literally mean that there’s actually nothing in the world they could care less about since it doesn’t even matter to them….

    someone without any values will not be deterred by one additional layer of cloth… this is the sad truth

    Chained King

    October 7, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    • If I were to ask a group of muslim sisters…let’s say a hundred of them. I would receive many different reasons for a Muslim woman’s reasoning for wearing a hijab. Some say Allah is pleased with the covering of the hair, some say it’s torepresent the religion, and others may say their husband demands it. I don’t personally like the hijab. I do find it beautiful and I wore it for years but with much fustration. I always needed to adjust it, it was very hot and every year I broke out in eczema all over my chest and neck. I feel like it’s just not for me. It doesn’t change my feelingsof my religion and does not attract attention from men, less actually then with hijab. I do sometimes wish I wore it when I notice another muslim woman. I greet my sisters wh when close enough for them to see and hear me, but with a hijab on I am noticed by that sister from across the room and we smile and wave to one another because we share something special.
      I do not believe the hijab should be enforced apon women. I feel it’s a personal choice just like blue hair or red nails. However I do notice that women who feel it is not necessary are criticized on a great level. They are judged soley by what they were and not what is in their heart and mind. The life of a Muslim woman is a difficult one, not because the religion, but because of the people in this beautiful world. Every one is so involved in what the person next to them Is doing to destract them selves from facing their own personal judgements about…well, them selves.

      Saida

      October 8, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  181. Is the hijab a feminist statement? No. I don’t feel it is feminist or even a statement. Covering your hair is a personal decision usually meant to strengthen your personal relationship with God. Unfortunately if you live where this is not the norm it can inadvertantly make a statement because it sticks out, then you may be stuck with un-wanted attention. If you live somewhere that headcovering is manditory it most certainly is not making a statement, nor is it feminist.

    victoria214

    November 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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