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Topic hijab 
Author alythia  
Date Created 27/06/2007 14:28:46 
Message salam to all
i am a 23 year old revert (a year now) mashalla.
often i wuld walk and look at those more covered than i, saying such things "i cant believe they put that on their head!" may allah forgive my ignorance. but alas allah showed me the light an i gradually began to change for the better.mashallah...i dont wear hijab because im oppressed or ugly as many think i am far from opressd, non believers are the oppressd for the feel the urge to conform to society, i am content in the knowledge that my true beauty stays wrapped like a chocloate or a diamond! only my future husband(inshalla!)and allah will see my jewl. after all you wouldnt leave ur curtains open at night for someone to see ur prized items, wuld you?

A Muslim woman who covers her head is making a statement about her identity. Anyone who sees her will know that she is a Muslim and has a good moral character. Many Muslim women who cover are filled with dignity and self esteem; they are pleased to be identified as a Muslim woman. As a chaste, modest, pure woman, she does not want her sexuality to enter into interactions with men in the smallest degree. A woman who covers herself is concealing her sexuality but allowing her femininity to be brought out.

The word "hijab" comes from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to hide from view or conceal. In the present time, the context of hijab is the modest covering of a Muslim woman. The question now is what is the extent of the covering?

The Qur'an says: "Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

"And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands..." (Qur'an 24:30-31)

For both men and women, clothing requirements are not meant to be a restriction but rather a way in which society will function in a proper, Islamic manner.

i am not at all restricted i love myself more than ever as i have learnt this by allah swt.

inshalla more muslimas will wear hijab and realise its benefit

hijab is more than a mere piece of cloth. I am a Muslim woman who, like millions of other Muslim women across the globe, chooses to wear the hijab. And the concept of the hijab, contrary to popular opinion, is actually one of the most fundamental aspects of female empowerment.

When I cover myself, I make it virtually impossible for people to judge me according to the way I look. I cannot be categorized because of my attractiveness or lack thereof. Compare this to life in today's society: We are constantly sizing one another up on the basis of our clothing, jewelry, hair and makeup. What kind of depth can there be in a world like this? Yes, I have a body, a physical manifestation upon this Earth. But it is the vessel of an intelligent mind and a strong spirit.

It is not for the beholder to leer at or to use in advertisements to sell everything from beer to cars. Because of the superficiality of the world in which we live, external appearances are so stressed that the value of the individual counts for almost nothing.

It is a myth that women in today's society are liberated. What kind of freedom can there be when a woman cannot walk down the street without every aspect of her physical self being "checked out"? When I wear the hijab I feel safe from all of this. I can rest assured that no one is looking at me and making assumptions about my character from the length of my skirt. There is a barrier between me and those who would exploit me. I am first and foremost a human being, equal to any man, and not vulnerable because of my sexuality.

One of the saddest truths of our time is the question of the beauty myth and female self-image. Reading popular teenage magazines, you can instantly find out what kind of body image is "in" or "out." and if you have the "wrong" body type, well, then, you're just going to have to change it, aren't you? After all, there is no way that you can be overweight and still be beautiful. Look at any advertisement. Is a woman being used to sell the product? How old is she? How attractive is she? What is she wearing? More often than not, that woman will be no older than her early 20s, taller, slimmer and more attractive than average, dressed in skimpy clothing.

Why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated like this?

Whether the '90s woman wishes to believe it or not, she is being forced into a mold. She is being coerced into selling herself, into compromising herself. This is why we have 13-year-old girls sticking their fingers down their throats and overweight adolescents hanging themselves. When people ask me if I feel oppressed, I can honestly say no. I made this decision out of my own free will. no one but allah swt to follow as i am after all the only revert in my entire family - I like the fact that I am taking control of the way other people perceive me. I enjoy the fact that I don't give anyone anything to look at and that I have released myself from the bondage of the swinging pendulum of the fashion industry and other institutions that exploit females.

My body is my own business. Nobody can tell me how I should look or whether or not I am beautiful. I know that there is more to me than that. I am also able to say "no" comfortably then people ask me if I feel as though my sexuality is being repressed.

I have taken control of my sexuality. I am thankful I will never have to suffer the fate of trying to lose/gain weight or trying to find the exact lipstick shade that will go with my skin colour. I have made choices about what my priorities are and these are not among them. So next time you see me, don't look at me sympathetically. I am not under duress or a male-worshipping female captive from those barbarous Arabic deserts. I've been liberated.

and further more if i want to wear certain things mini skirts tight clothes makeup sexy outfits or what ever you call it these days, i can, except there is a difference i can strut all i like at home within my own cat walk!!!

and one day inshalla ill marry and my husband can unwrap his gift as u do ur own sweets u often buy, but my sweet is more precious and more lovely and beautiful than any other - because its protected.
what do u think about hijab? im interested to know ur opinion :)

thank you for the time.

salam 
      
Responses
Topic Re: hijab 
Author Ruksana 
Date Created 21/08/2007 20:37:23 
Message I agree with you sister 
 
 
Topic Re: hijab 
Author donvan 
Date Created 19/11/2007 21:18:43 
Message The 'Hijib' is offensive to Christians. It is one more way for the Muslims to persecute the harmless Christians.Muslim law forbids non muslims from Muslim dress,yet requires ,in many muslim countries, the hijib. For the Christian, if they wear hijib they are charged with wearing muslim clothing, if not then they are charged with not wearing the hijib. Muslims have driven the christians from their homes, desecrated their holy sites, killed their holy men and brutalized the christian women. Yet the christians are commanded by their deity to "love their enemies,do good to them that hate you" A truly good and holy mythology.Compare to the demonic Muhammed who, in his demented stupor, was telling his followers to hate,kill,dismenber,stone,and harm others. An evil man and disciple of Lucifer, the fallen angel. 
 
 
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