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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

If there’s one thing that Islam and Muslims gets attacked for, it’s women!

It’s made out, in the ‘western world’, in the non-Muslim media and by ordinary people on the streets, that Muslim women are oppressed by Islam and by Muslim men. This is simply not true!

This is no different than Muslims being slammed for forced marriages. For a long time, people thought that having a forced marriage was normal in Islam and it was something that Islam supported. They thought that Muslim women were being oppressed, by the men, and being forced into marriages, against their wills. It took years of Muslims speaking out before it actually started to sink into the minds of the public at large, that Islam was against forced marriages and that this was a custom, a tradition, that was prevalent in cultures throughout the world – but not in Islam.

The Muslim World continues to be attacked where women are concerned. The latest attention has focused on the clothing of a Muslimah – not a new topic but one that’s been gaining momentum in Europe and the UK. The western world is complaining and campaigning hard against the Burqa, also known as the niqaab or chadur, and it has been banned in France, Belgium and is being heavily debated in the UK, Spain and other countries. The main thrust is that it is oppressive, poses a security threat and divides communities. I have already written a post on this:

https://standup4islam.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/we-dont-need-to-be-saved-from-the-burka/

Sisters! Stand Up!

The thing is sisters, if a Muslim man argues about the merits and benefits and blessings of hijaab, niqaab/burqa or jilbaab, he’ll just be seen as one of the oppressors. This situation requires for sisters to act, for sisters to stand up and defend their rights, the rights given to them in Islam by Allah, subhana wa ta’ala.

So stand up sisters. Be proud of being a Muslimah, of looking like a Muslimah, of being identified as a Muslimah. Stand up and tell the disbelievers that they are wrong. Ask them why they don’t ask the hundreds of thousands of Muslim women, who do wear Islamic dress, if they are oppressed. I don’t recall Muslim women asking the west for help!

  • Tell them that you are not oppressed.
  • Tell that that you don’t need their ‘protection’, that you don’t need to be ‘saved’ from Muslim men and Islam.
  • Tell them the many reasons why you wear your hijaab, your niqaab, your jilbaab.
  • Tell them that those who think the hijaab, niqaab or jilbaab are oppressive, are those who don’t wear it and those who want to show themselves off to a society that lusts after women.

And don’t stop there. Challenge them about their morals, about how they portray women in this society and what a lowly position they give to women. Don’t be a feminist – there is a better and higher position than that – that of Islam and the high status that it gives to Muslim women.

Some non-Muslims understand the benefits of being covered up, as can be seen from the link below:

http://www.savethemales.ca/180902.html

This is a non-Muslim speaking – surely Muslim women can say more!

Don’t be apologetic – you have nothing to apologise for.

And sisters, don’t look down on other sisters who are not yet practising this – insha’Allah they will learn and grow in deen and take strength from women like yourselves – help them to understand. And sisters, don’t speak out against those who are trying to wear Islamic dress in a society that frowns upon them. Support your sisters, wherever you are – don’t undermine them.

It won’t stop at the Niqaab!

Sisters, you need to realise that the attacks won’t stop. Now it’s the burqa and niqaab. What will it be tomorrow? If you don’t stand up now, the disbelievers will continue to walk all over us, spreading ‘their version’ of our deen.

Sisters, you are the cornerstone of the family! Do you want your children, nephews and nieces, to grow up without seeing their mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts protected by the Commands of Allah? Do you want them to see you in the same ilk as the disbelieving women? Think about what separates the believing women from the disbelieving women.

Stand Up 4 Islam!

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Some Notes: Proofs for the veil

Surah 24 (An-Nur), verse 31:

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juhubihinna (ie. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers,or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers, or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (ie. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. All all of you beg Allah to forgive you, O believers, that you may be successful.”

Sahih Bukhari, Vol 6, Hadith No. 282:

Narrated Safiyah bint Shaibah: ‘Aishah used to say: ‘When the Verse: “And to draw their veils all over Juhubihinna (ie. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)” (V24:31) was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their heads and faces with those cut pieces of cloth.’

Four Schools of Thought:

There is a difference of opinion amongst the Maaliki, Hanafi, Hanbali and Shaafi’ee, over whether a Muslim woman should cover her face and hands. I will not go any further into the fiqh of this issue, as it is not needed here and there are more learned people that you can get an answer for this on. And it’s especially not needed for the non-Muslims. The point is though that we should not undermine the sisters who choose to wear burqa/niqaab but recognise that they are doing a good thing.

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Story of a pious Sister

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ9TOq1OUBY

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Comments
  1. maliha says:

    As a new Muslim women i am proud to wear my Hijab Alhamdulillah,a catholic nun is covered up the same way i am but she practicing her religion and i oppressed ya ok, tha women walking around half naked is oppressed.

    • maverick says:

      I think it would be good if Muslim Women could leave comments here on their support for the Hijaab and Islamic clothing. That way, others can see and learn from your good examples, masha’Allah.

  2. Salam brother,
    JazzakAllahkhairan and may The Lord bless your effort and bring many barakah in the nearest future.

    In the same effort of standing up for peace, my sisters have also turn up together and created this Hijab Roundup Campaign for all Sisters to come together be proud Muslims.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hijab-Roundup-Campaign/141526972527261

    Let us join forces and together go forth. InsyaAllah.
    Love+Peace,
    H

    • maverick says:

      Insha’Allah that is a good idea sister but I don’t have a facebook account. Insha’Allah we can help each other and I welcome your thoughts on how we can do this.

  3. Hijab actually feels like an armour; a protection from the world’s evils. It is also like holding a placard that says: “I am a Muslim woman with dignity and honour.”
    Wearing Hijab makes me feel secure & safe, and rather than feeling confined and oppressed, I enjoy greater liberty because I know people won’t judge me by my looks, but more by my deeds and actions.

  4. zara says:

    the hijab, to me, is more than just a cloth. its my adornment, my style, my identity & it protects me. i wasn’t forced to wear it, i wanted to and i’d never be without it. i love representing my faith with a smile & hoping people think ‘what a nice muslim girl’, it motivates me to show the true side of islam; love, peace & respect.
    why no voice against women who have little self-respect, parading themselves with barely any clothing? is society so sick & perverted as to try to take away a modest woman’s rights to cover up so they too might show their bodies shamelessly? no chance!
    sorry, went on abit of a rant.. but I LOVE MY HIJAB!

  5. Aliaa says:

    I LOVE WEARING HIJAB, AND WILL NEVER TAKE IT OFF FOR ANYONE.

  6. Ahdia says:

    as-salaamu alaikum ummah!!

    As a muslimah I feel confident and assured that when I conduct myself with others their reactions/responses are not due to me degrading myself by dressing 1/2 naked. It makes me feel proud not only when I wrap & pin it in place..but also when I see my fellow muslimahs guarding their modesty masha’Allah

    It is a internal(first) and external(second) reminder of my duties and the path I am to stay on in regards to my iman/deen and how any thoughts of not being beautiful underneath my scarf should ever be mentioned or come to mind is simply the work of Shaitan.

    RAMADAN MUBARAK

    • maverick says:

      Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahamtullahi wa abarakatuhu

      Sister these are such reassuring words – it is always good to hear how hijaab etc helps our sisters in so many ways. Truly there is no oppression here and the non-Muslims who advocate this have got it so wrong!

  7. Tracy says:

    As A non Muslim I used to wear what ever I wanted but I never felt save. Wearing a mini skirt or skin thigth clothes made me hate my self. Why? Guys never looked at me but looked else where and I didn’t get much respect either I hated when men looked at me or made a comment. But this is being a free women in the west I can get any job I want etc etc I really felt bad as a non Muslim I used to go out with my mp3 in my ears so that I don’t hear the comments of the guys. I wasn’t dressed sexy or anything and still they would disrespect me I find it a disrespect if a stranger tell what ever part of my body they like. 4 months after I converted to Islam I start wearing the veil and alhamdulillah I still do I start wearing it as a submission the what I believe in but this is much deeper, I feel so protected and save as a woman. Every one respect me as a woman as for me!
    That feels so great I can speak to some one and
    they actually listen in stead on starring some where else on my body. Hijaab is not just a head scarf because it is so much more and so much deeper.
    It is my choise my submission to Allah
    Subhana Wata’ala.
    Most of our sisters forget also that wearing a hijaab is a form of representation of islam.
    Hijaab equals a good achlaaq ( caracter).
    Alhamdulillah I am proud of wearing the hijab it’s an honor I love it!
    It makes the women so beautiful and pure, mashAllah!!
    I always say this is emancipation I used to wear
    Like every western women and I felt awful now I choose to wear the veil. Isn’t that emancipation?? Not feeling oppressed?? I
    Don’t feel oppressed with my veil.
    I do feel oppressed eveytime someone tells
    Me to take off my hijab, my choice, myself………

    Thanks for the blog, mashAllah!

  8. Tracy says:

    Forgot to send u link to a poem/thoughts called oppressed http://sunnymuslimah.wordpress.com/thougths/oppressed/

  9. maryam says:

    I want to thank you for tweeting this article to me brother Dawud. May allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make you successful in both this world and the Hereafter ameen.

    peace be with you

  10. Thasneem says:

    Slmz! Alhumdulillah ur articles are too perfectly succinct. I love it! Islam is about being covered up and not about covergirls n the west is threatened by our solidarity hence they r trying to destroy our image as hijabi clad to bring to their level of shamelessness n immoral disregard for hidayath.

    • maverick says:

      Jazak’Allah for your kind words sister. The sooner that sisters unite, the better position we will be in to show everyone how good Islam can be for men and for women.

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  12. mustapha Muhammad kawu says:

    may Allah reward all who’s given their contributions to improve islam

  13. حليمة says:

    As a muslimah, I wholeheartedly support the Islamic injunction for the believing women to screen themselves completely from unlawful eyes (to wear the jilbab as well as the niqaab with Allah’s ease). Truly, it is a form of protection not oppression. I seek the help of Allah(the Creator) not the West (the creatures)…

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