Here we go again. As a feminist here in the west I am supposed to believe that the hijab is some kind of empowering thing. But I would believe that the real empowerment lies in taking it off as that would actually take courage, just as the Iranian women did while protesting against wearing the hijab. Then we have people in the west claiming it to be so empowering and feminist. That’s because you’re privileged enough to decide as you probably live in the West where you have the freedom of Western laws. But what about the millions of women who get beaten, killed and arrested? Do you sincerely believe that they get to choose?
The fact is that you’ve been raised to believe that wrapping yourself in sheets is normal and just, when it’s really controlling and oppressive. However, if you choose to participate in an oppressive tradition - willingly - mind you, it’s very hard to know who willingly decides to wear one, I will fight to protect your right to choose. But that doesn’t make the hijab any less oppressive. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, modesty is nothing but bullshit and a form of control. Dressing modestly doesn't bring you closer to your faith and it doesn’t make you shameless. Funny how only women get shamed and killed for not following the ‘’dresscode’’. Funny how your god desperately wants to preserve women’s modesty and cover them up but not men(yes I know men also cover up but it’s NOT the same in any way).
As a muslim you are expected to cover up, which is why Iranian women are forced to under Sharia as it comes directly from the Quran. Sure it might be ‘your choice’ when you live in the west as no one will stone you for it, but try telling that to the millions of women who are being forced and oppressed. For some, the hijab is a direct commandment from god, enforced by the muslim community, which means that it isn’t really a choice now is it? But for others, you don’t need to wear it if you don’t want it…it’s a personal choice…? Up to interpretation, correct?
But that itself makes religion very dangerous because it leaves the door open to multiple interpretations, none technically being more correct or incorrect than the other, so who’s to say their interpretation is wrong or right?
You might wonder why I chose to write about this again. I noticed a lot of women in Europe, especially Sweden wear the hijab. But what bothered me was seeing 6 year olds covered up, in a hijab or even a burka. And that’s not okay. I saw a brother and a sister, both around the ages of 5-7. The boy was wearing a short sleeved t-shirt and shorts while the girl was dressed in a burka. Now tell me how is that fine? When a child or pre-pubescent girl wears a hijab, what are you trying to do exactly? It’s very disturbing. A child (nor a grown woman for that matter) has nothing to cover up and hide from men. It’s sick and disgusting that girls are lead to believe they are sexual objects that must be covered up from an early age. I will never be for this.
I will finish by saying. if we don’t allow debates and criticism of religion we will never be able to refine or improve anything, instead call everything Islamophobic. Don't be afraid to comment but do keep it civilized, thanks :)
“As a brown-skinned person with a Muslim name, I can get away with a lot more than you’d think. I can publicly parade my wife or daughters around in head-to-toe burqas and be excused out of “respect” for my culture and/or religion, thanks to the racism of lowered expectations. I can re-define “racism” as something non-whites can never harbor against whites, and cite colonialism and imperialism as justification for my prejudice. And in an increasingly effective move that’s fast become something of an epidemic, I can shame you into silence for criticizing my ideas simply by calling you bigoted or Islamophobic.” - Ali Rizvi
If you want to find the previous post about hijab click HERE .