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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

hijab rant

For anyone who ever wanted to understand why Muslim women wear hijab... here is the only thing you need to know about it:


okay, so i'm talking about in America.
i'm just soooooooooooooooo sick of it, so i had to say this. in all caps. bold.
i don't wear it because some men in my family told me to. (actually it was my momma, initially). (and if you think she's weak, oppressed or brainwashed... well, just try saying it to her face. i DARE you. i'll videotape it and put in on youtube. before i'm arrested for complicity).
i don't wear it because i don't want people to look at me. they look at me. more. i know this. i grew up in the south.
i don't wear it because i think it will protect me from unwanted sexual attention. i've gotten that anyway. from muslims, actually. in a muslim country. we brown women know all about this.
i don't wear it because i think all men are dogs and need to be protected from the sight of my breathtakingly gloriously stunning tresses. which they are. (my hair i mean).
i wear it because I WANT TO!! it's between me and my Lord! this is AMERICA people. what else do you need to know?

honestly, a more useful question is to actually examine the commandment for hijab in the qur'an and try to understand its place in islamic belief AND muslim society. (and yes, i know that many people interpret that particular verse in such a way that they conclude it is NOT a commandment for hijab. but, many other people conclude that it is. they haven't convinced me, so this is where i'm writing from.) it being 12:30 a.m., i ain't about to touch this in any other way.

for cryin out loud, isn't there enough hate out there??????????????????????
forget about my headscarf. praise God for children instead!


Blogger bsc said...

It appears everybody else is "sick of it " too because I dont see any comments.
Before I foret though, This is a very very attractive Musa's Pic. and I am carrying it with me.
When you gevr the sleeping Musa into my lap. I watched him slowly opening his eyes (feeling a less comfortable lap than before) and probably reluctantly decided it is time to open eyes anyway. There it was then abbu's face looking down lovingly at him. Realizing that he gave me that most loving beautiful non-mischievious smile (most of his smiles are creatively mischievious)
Well, what was I going to say about the "hijab"?

7:19 PM  
Blogger Ayesha said...

well that's good :) my whole point is that musa is much more fun to talk about than hijab! :D

10:31 AM  
Anonymous taiyyaba said...

word. up. it's different when someone asks from genuine interest and desire to know about your religion - and when someone is just asking ignorantly. you can tell by the way they ask.

btw. musa looks so mature and cool and stylin' in that picture mashallah! the little fringe on the forehead - nice touch :)

11:54 AM  
Blogger Manal said...

Eventhough, I don't wear the hijab yet, I do know that it is a requirement and is mentioned in the Qur'an. So, Muslims especially who say that it is not an obligation really bug me! Instead, why not just be honest and say they don't want to wear it period instead of trying to change God's words out of context.

Masha'Allah tabarak Allah, Musa is getting bigger! Don't they grow sooooooo fast?? Subhan'Allah.....

2:14 PM  
Blogger Amina said...

that's very good post and lot more has to be written about it. People do really believe muslim women are being opressed with evil husbands. I don't say that some aren't but great majority, as you said, chooses lifestyle and dressing.
I just don't think people really wanna be objective and see it. at the end they are blind for other religions like dressing codex for nuns and priests or monks.

warm wishes from poland

2:29 AM  
Blogger Muslim Girl said...

I couldn't have said it better myself! When I first started wearing hijab the first thing people asked me was if somebody forced me to wear it. I don't understand why people assume this... I mean, do I look UNHAPPY wearing it!?

Nope alhumdulillah, I love it.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Miss Specs said...

You know i almost clapped in the end and let out a huggggge breath of relief. Thank you!

I swear I'm sick of this 'why' question even though i live in Pakistan. I can imagine how much worse the situation would be in America.

3:33 PM  

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