Hijab, Oppression and Women…

I had a conversation with a Tweeple in relation to wearing the Hijab. I shall post the dialogue and shall further state my point of view.

Conversation:

Me: People say Muslim women are oppressed because they are covered. You never know how safe and secure they feel… [1]

Him: Thats exactly why they say women are oppressed. Finding the feeling of safety by hiding ones self is called oppression!! [2]

Me: LOL say what? so walking around half naked is freedom? [3]

Him: first thing, let’s stick to the issue at hand! Having to hide to feel “protected” is being oppressed !! [4]

Me: Lets discuss this! i feel secure when im in an abaya and hijab when men dont gawk at me, when a women walks without protection men savor her every curve, they strip her of ANY respect she may have…as far as what oppression goes, u could at least google the definition [5]

Him: u shouldn’t feel the need to dress a certain way to feel protected. If you do, you’re oppressed! [6]

Me: u do realize what u r saying hold men responsible dont u? [7]

Him: Yes! Men are oppressing the women by not being “muslims” & keeping parda on their eyes, & forcing women to cover! [8]

This is my answer to his last tweet:

The former part of this tweet holds true but in a different context, the latter is preposterous! Women who understand the purpose and good of wearing the Hijab are never forced, they consider Hijab as a blessing. I’ll now talk about the former.

Men are not being Muslims you say, first off that is ill stated; they are not following the Islamic rules. HOW? It is not by forcing women to cover but by Staring! In Islam men are asked to LOWER THEIR GAZE. Not gawk at females or stare at them. And to be totally open and honest, men like staring at women’s bodies, I hope u don’t go and deny that. They visually strip women of respect when they stare with lust. If you go and say not all men are like that it is a fact that MOST men are. It is human NATURE to do so, thus we are asked to NOT look so that it doesn’t follow up to other sins.

THAT is the oppression; they stare and rip women of purity and modesty. The parda u talk about is liberalism, you should remove that curtain and realize the spiritual affects Islamic rulings have. In addition to that women ARE asked to cover up in Islam. You can find that in the Quran.

1.      Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. – Light [24:30] [9]

2.      And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.- Light [24:31] [10]

3.      O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.- The Coalition [33:59] [11]

4.      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 a wanton display of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and Allah is One Who sees and knows all things. – Light [24:60] [12]

I would now like to state other relating thoughts. Why is it that when women cover themselves, their modesty and their respect do people think they are being oppressed? Why don’t they object against half naked women? Is it not offensive to their sights? Is it not immodesty and disrespect in plain view? How is that all acceptable? Is nudity freedom of expression?

If they say so then they should know that “Freedom Of Expression” ALSO includes the Freedom of wearing HIJAB!

REFERENCES:

  1. http://twitter.com/?status=Styled%20my%20profile%20with%20a%20sweet%20theme%20using%20Themeleon%20by%20%40COLOURlovers%20http://clrlv.rs/newthemeleon%20Love%20it%3F#!/Symphonic_Dawn/status/44214055367483392
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  2. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/95185t
  3. http://twitter.com/#!/AnasRazzaq/status/44447050888257537
  4. http://twitter.com/?status=Styled%20my%20profile%20with%20a%20sweet%20theme%20using%20Themeleon%20by%20%40COLOURlovers%20http://clrlv.rs/newthemeleon%20Love%20it%3F#!/Symphonic_Dawn/status/44449733007253504
  1. http://twitter.com/#!/AnasRazzaq/status/44450273468485632
  2. http://perfectquran.com/surah/an-nur/ayah/30
  3. http://perfectquran.com/surah/an-nur/ayah/31
  4. http://perfectquran.com/surah/al-ahzab/ayah/59
  5. http://perfectquran.com/surah/an-nur/ayah/60
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13 thoughts on “Hijab, Oppression and Women…

  1. These are all well known surras but no where in them does it ask a women to hide her hair from men. Neither does it say cover your hair or the hair is a not a part of your ordinarily displayed parts of body. I completely agree w/ being modest & there are ways to be modest with traditional clothing, that does not call for attention.

    Men should be the one not harassing women, which many do regardless of how covered or not covered they’re. The men who are gonna commit a crime will not be stopped by any attire. There has to be strict policing and laws for that.

    1. In order to answer that question of ours I will link you the answer which I believe is the appropriate answer http://ow.ly/50WTN
      Further more since you go more on logic and all I’d like to explain a bit that way.
      When you look at a woman, hair fall into the aspects that attract men. Beautiful black hair etc and all. So when one is protecting her modesty and preventing fahash what’s the point if you wont cover that which can spark it? Covering ones hair falls in hijaab.

      1. Ok i’m not reading a link from “apni community” forums. But my point is, beautiful women will attract men & beautiful men will attract women. Getting attracted to God created creatures is not bad at all. In fact you appreciate beauty of God & what he created. Men & women are supposed to like each other & find each other attractive. If you live in a modest, law abiding, educated society w/ out any extremes. You’ll see that there is no problem in being NORMAL. The only thing that a society needs to worry about is harassment. Not a women checking out men or men checking out women. And as far as harassment and rape is concerned, Muslim societies surpass all western countries. Although most of those rapes do not get reported & many of them are by their own family members. And in most cases the women is punished for being “sluty” if she is raped.

      2. That is where you are wrong. True Allaah blesses beauty and all praise is due to Allaah. BUT checking out people is shameful and wrong. That is where “Lower your gaze” comes in too. You are not discussing now, you are trying to deny it, don’t if you can not understand it. You should let it be. Disagreeing with laws and rulings of Islam is very wrong.

      3. Only you think hijab is a part of Islam I don’t. As far as I know, we guys get told to come dance in the middle of girls’ crowd, but when they’re dancing we’re told to leave the room. Last I checked, pervertness runs both ways.

      4. I’m not arguing anymore, we cant argue on a fact we don’t have “faith” on. You really believe that hijab is a part of Islam, while I don’t. As you wont leave “Islam” out of the conversation, we cannot have a sensible argument.

      5. Errr, Islam is the whole point :S
        That was where it started.
        You did not understand why or why not and so I explained
        Wearing hijaab is a part of Islam. Everyone is a Muslim first and then comes in the identity of their geographical borders
        If its not that, then we should be discussing about communities, cultures, societes etc. Not hijaab and Islam (though even in those discussions Islam will play a vital role. If you disagree tell me what bench mark u would use for right n wrong, acceptable n not acceptable etc)
        And that sir is a totally different topic to begin with.

      6. Hi Maria,

        I glad you wrote this. Now people will understand more what a girl thinks about covering herself rather then some bunch of men arguing about hijab and women covering themselves.

        @Anas Men and women should both lower their gazes. It doesn’t work one way. If a woman is being attractive then its not that if men stop looking at her it will solve the problem.

        Men are responsible for their own deeds and so do women. You should consider yourself and your sins not others and that’s why men should lower their gaze regardless of anything else and women should do the same i.e. not put attraction on them.

        I don’t know what your views are but what you saying i.e. “dancing with girls” is not Islam.

        Women who want to look attractive have self-esteem issues, they want attention and ppl like you exploit that fact and that’s why its not allowed. For the sake of argument, why you get marry and then have children? whats the difference, only one piece of paper, two signatures and three Yes-yes-yes.

        Religion is part of culture and society so they always be there in the argument.

  2. @Anas
    Imagine you being very very beautiful and skillful and you create something very beautiful. Now after people see what you have created, they started praising the creation utterly but do not do the same for the creator(i.e. you). It’s like saying, even though you were the genius behind something, you did not receive praise for it and instead what you created was praised.

    And this is exactly what happens when a male gazes at a female and is so overwhelmed by her beauty without acknowledging the fact the creator of that beauty is 1000 times more beautiful than her.

    ALLAAH is Ghayyur(Self-Respecting), more than anyone else in this world.

    Even if you have slightest bit of self-respect you would kick those people to tell them that I was the one who created that thing, it was not created by itself, hence, praise me.

    Regardless of this, which girl would you gaze at, the one in a full Hijaab(With the Niqaab) or the one in her skirts?

    You talk about harassment so much, tell me, how many hijaabis have been raped to this day? Go over the statistics and you’ll find that the least number reported rapes are in Saudia Arabia and according to studies every 30 seconds a women is raped in America.

    It also involves the point that, even when women are asked to cover, men are also asked to lower their gaze rather than gazing at every other girl you find on the street and ending up fantasizing your desires on her as a result of harassments or sexual assaults.

    If you have an opinion, that does not mean Islam is of that opinion too. Shariah means making some rules and boundaries beyond which you cannot go, if you’ll go then you’ll be punished. As simple as that.

    A little advice, please get your facts right before publicizing an opinion which is deceptive and may lead people to think that Islam is the enemy rather than the solution. May ALLAAH guide us all.

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