Hijab – A Suppression or A Liberation

As for Muslim women, the only reply for their Hijab is that ‘It is the command from our Creator’ – as Allah says in chapter Noor and Ahzab

“O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed…” (Qur’an 33:59)

“…and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment ..” (Qur’an 24 : 31)

The modern culture has introduced many trends and fashion which ultimately have been accelerated and influenced around the world but Hijab is not a fashion or trend. It’s mandatory for woman in islam. Any female, irrespective of her age, background or ethnicity can easily be recognized as a Muslim based on her appearance or Hijab. Similarly, any person who notices a women in a full-covered appearance will have no doubt about her association with Islam – Hijab is the image of a Muslim Woman.

Muslim women who wear hijab do not find it impractical or interfering with their activities in all levels and walks of life. Hijab is not merely a covering dress but more importantly, it is behavior, manners, speech and appearance in public. Dress is only one facet of the total being the actual aim is to protect their chastity. No doubt, there are many different style, design and shades have been added to beautify Hijab. Muslim women observe HIJAB only (covering the head and the body) because Allah has told them to do so.

Nothing seems incorrect in this notion, but look around the world, what a fuss and fury for this piece of cloth? “Veil Ban” or “Hijab restriction” have taken the trend of making regular headlines. The world don’t mind seeing naked woman but the world will raise the objection if muslim woman are covered..do they ? Hijabi women across the globe are facing consistent discrimination; they are denied jobs, forced on conditions or even attacked on purpose or under the notion of a very false and vague sense of liberalism. Such notorious acts are not of backward or third-world countries but of those governments that are proud of their secularism and self-named democrats.

For Islamists, Hijab represents their distinct identity and claim to religious authenticity; it protects women and defines their place in society. It is ordained by the creator. Not enforced by man who decide the dress code for their company’s employers. It’s ironically, for secular world .. Hijab represents women’s oppression which denies women the right to choose what to wear, their right to freedom and what not. However, no such issues neither her rights are violated nor getting less previledge.

This topic of Hijab has led to various debates, discussions and considerations – It has tuned into more of a controversy; but ironically the more the topic is intensified, the greater has it reached the population – when nations attempted to put restrictions on Hijab, it led to a new wave of rebellion by women who instead turned to covering and wearing the Islamic dress code in even greater numbers.

May Allah make us more submissive to your command !

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