Why They Are Scared of My Hijab!

Personal Thought
By Aisha Aijaz
Freelance Writer

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Through researching, seeking more knowledge, and seeking scholars’ help, I understood what hijab stands for.

I am a woman, not a sexualized commodity; I am a human being just like you are.

But I am too a Hijabi and hijab is my identity and my ideology.

I wasn’t a Hijabi in young age, nor did it come from an oppressing father or brother. It only came when I deeply explored the message of God which I had been reading since childhood; through researching, gaining more knowledge, and seeking scholars’ help, I understood what hijab stands for. I convinced and loved to wear it.

The importance of observing hijab for me suddenly became connected to my belief in God and the question I asked myself often:

“I believe in God and His word, I love Prophet Muhammad and for me the characters and dress code of Aisha and Fatima (Peace be upon them) were role models, then how come whenever I see a Hijabi, I relate it to backwardness.”

All these claims don’t fit into one frame and there began the war of ideas in me:

“You tell me Hijab is backward and you still are a proud non-apologetic Muslim, it can’t be true!”

Hijab is a part of my personality just like a Jewish kippah and Christian and jewish ‘hijabs’; it is my message of peace that I wear with pride. It’s about letting the world know that I do my best to keep my chastity and obey my Lord. It is a reflection that I am no slave of the corporate capitalistic industry which is bent upon publishing a naked woman to sell everything from a cigarette to a racing car.

Hijab gives me liberation; freedom from being judged on a scale of inches, skin color and figure details. I am free from the shackles of some men who evaluate woman according to the length of her skirt and depth of her neckline; intelligence and character are secondary.

Hijab is a part of my personality just like  Christian and jewish ‘hijabs’.

Why Are They Scared of?

With this piece of cloth on my head, I feel empowered as a woman. But a section of my society seems to have a problem with it. Some self-proclaimed liberals labeled hijab as a “dinner table napkin “or “solution of a bad hair day”. And I wonder what is the world scared of, I wonder?

If you think my hijab tapered my IQ and threw me into the desert of Arabia some 1400 years behind, I seriously doubt yours. Remember how the prehistoric man lived?

What was the killer of Marwah Al Sherbini scared of? Was this 32-year old, three month pregnant pharmacist, a loving wife and a mother of a two year old, a threat to the world? Oh, mind you she was called a whore, a terrorist and stabbed 18 times in the German court and killed.

Are Hijabis the biggest threat in the French and other European societies that are banning hijab? Think!

And in case you didn’t notice, some very successful women in the West are turning to Islam and opting for covering their bodies with modesty and have found peace.

I quote Yvonne Ridley, a journalist who reverted to Islam years ago:

‘My dress tells you that I am a Muslim and that I expect to be treated respectfully, much as a Wall Street banker would say that a business suit defines him as an executive to be taken seriously. And, especially among converts to the faith like me, the attention of men who confront women with inappropriate, leering behaviour is not tolerable.’

Think rationally and decide! Why is my Hijab, a problem of others?

Related Links:
Hijab: Cultural or Religious?
Must Muslim Women Wear the Hijab?
Hijab: What's It All About?
Aisha Aijaz is a medical doctor and freelance writer who loves photography and poetry.

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