Is wearing Hijab oppression of a Muslim woman?

Is wearing Hijab oppression of a Muslim woman?

Every Muslim woman is required to wear a scarf or some sort of head covering and loose-fitting, modest attire. This is not a means of controlling a woman’s sexuality or suppressing her but rather, a means for protection. It implies by dressing this way she will not be seen as a mere sex symbol but will be appreciated for her intellect. Furthermore, it will not subject her to harassment. It is interesting to state the head covering for women is not an Islamic innovation but was also practiced by Judeo-Christian women centuries earlier, and yet is laughed at by the West today.

Naima Omar, a student of University of Western Sydney says “It is funny to say the same veil worn by catholic nuns for God is despised and presented as a symbol of subjection and domination when it is worn by Muslim women for the intention to protect themselves and devoting themself to God“.

The term Islam means “submission to the will of Allah” and “peace”. Muslims believe Islam is the way of life and that is harmonious however the media portrays the opposite. Maria Moskovakis, 18, a Greek Orthodox says “yes of course Muslims are presented negatively in the news. An action by one Muslim is presented with so much bias. If one Muslim commits a crime, it is not the person but the religion presented that goes to trial. What we hear and see is all controlled.

Muslims have an obligation to fulfil which is to educate themselves, their children to gain knowledge which is ordained upon them regardless of their race, gender and marital status etc. A Hasan Hadith narrated by Ibn Majah in the Qur’an states: “Seeking knowledge is a duty on every Muslim” and therefore gaining knowledge is regarded as an act of worship. Only knowing our religion will help us to change the misconceptions non-muslims have about muslim women.

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Justin says:

Women look pretier in hijab. People should have the choice to choose to wear clothes which are within the norms of a society. If the laws of a country allow to bare your skin as much as you can then people should be allowed to cover as much as they can with out concealing their identity. Similarly, if the laws of a country require to wear a dress meeting certain requirements then all should follow that.

reem says:

As muslim women we follow what allah (god) asks of us not what anybody else decides to supress on us..it being a country, a father a husband a brother or whatever will come to mind.and that in its self liberating

dina says:

i wear hijab and will never take it off coz i’m a pearl and i’m so valuable so not every one can enjoy looking at me just my dear husband can . my hijab gives me all the respect in the world

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nemat says:

hello
why the hijab ?

Jeff says:

I actually find beauty in the hijab itself. I do wish my wife would wear one. I’m am a white American convert to Islam. My wife however is not Muslim (we married before my conversion).

Meriem says:

Asalamou alaykome, i’m sorry because my english is not good but i just wannt to say that all people are free to wear whatever they wannt;as a muslim my shose is to wear hijab and do what my allah ask me to do .
it’s between me and my allah so please stop talking about girls who wear hijab because we are realy happy and we are proude as we are
think you

ilahiler says:

Women look pretier in hijab. People should have the choice to choose to wear clothes which are within the norms of a society. If the laws of a country allow to bare your skin as much as you can then people should be allowed to cover as much as they can with out concealing their identity. Similarly, if the laws of a country require to wear a dress meeting certain requirements then all should follow that.

A Muslim says:

Honestly speaking … i havent seen few prettier and modest ladies than the one shown in the above pic… islam gives modesty … islam is near to the nature … look at the innocence hijab gives to its wearing person…

Long live Hijab :)

adnan latif says:

This is the most stunning picture I have ever seen, you can feel an indescribable respect for a lady wearing this sort of dress specially this sort of scarf and if you study Islam you will find the same reason for all this. Hazoor Akram (SAW) advises Muslim women to cover themselves properly so the people can recognize them that they are from dignified families. This is what a Hijab means. And look at the above picture. Don’t you feel like this?

Cassandra says:

“Every Muslim woman is required to wear a scarf or some sort of head covering and loose-fitting, modest attire. ” By whom? Since when did “modesty” equate to a headscarf and saggy black clothes. Hijab is oppression.

adnan latif says:

“O Prophet! Tell the wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons…that they should be known and not molested.” [Chapter 33, verse 59]

fas says:

I don’t think Hijab is compulsary. It is upto you to decide if you want to do it. Correct me if I am wrong.

“Every Muslim woman is required to wear a scarf or some sort of head covering and loose-fitting, modest attire. ” By whom? Since when did “modesty” equate to a headscarf and saggy black clothes. Hijab is oppression.
~I would like to simply say that Allah/God has asked women to dress modestly and hide their beauty that was given to them, to save that beauty for their husband. I think that if you say wearing the Hijab is oppression then you do not understand the meaning of modesty. Why would you want to share your beauty with anyone other than your husband. That sounds wrong to me. If you don’t like to wear the hijab, then don’t wear it, but don’t label it as oppression. It is the will of our God that we save our beauty for our husbands only, and not for the world. It is also for our protection from those perverted humans in the world.

bilal says:

hijab is not must in islam ,

Muslim says:

I think the statement you made is not true. Hijab is must in Islam only question is if the current design of hijab is must in Islam or if it is according to the code of dress in Islam.

Muslimah says:

I find a beautiful quote online that I agree with whole heartedly:

“Someone once told me that everything precious we have in this world is hidden/covered. We find gold buried deep underground, we find diamonds at the bottom of the ocean or buried underground, we find pearls inside oysters locked away. Precious treasure is hard to find. And the woman is the same, she is a treasure, something to cover and preserve to maintain her modesty and dignity.
If all these precious things were to be found so easily, they would become perhaps worthless, but the fact that they aren’t so easy to come by have made them priceless. And the women is more precious then any treasure, therefore shouldn’t she hide her beauty, from strangers who have no right to see it. “  [by Iman, facebook 18:24 on 07 September 2007]

Hamda says:

If Hijab is truly a so called ‘Oppression’ then why do Muslims choose to wear it freely, without the slight pressure from fathers, brothers, uncles or any other male figure in their lives. Hijab is not the symbol of oppression but Equality. Why is it that men are allowed to remain covered without criticism, whilst a women who exercises her rights, and covers what she holds dear to her be subjected to constant condemnation? I ask is that fair? Certainly NOT! By covering her body, she is in control, and will thus be judged for her mind, not her body, just as men are.
 Freedom of expression should be given to every human being and the fact that this Hijab is for religious purposes makes it all the more important. Hijab is an Arabic word meaning ‘curtain or cover’ based upon the root ‘حجب’, which means ‘to cover, to veil’. Hijab is worn by both Jews and Christians too. But, does a Jewish man cover his head with a kippah, because he is being oppressed? Or how about a Christian nun who covers her head with a wimple, and her entire body, is she being oppressed? They are both forms of Hijab, and yet they are never labelled as ‘Oppressed’. They cover because they are order by God, not man, and by doing so they feel closer to Him. Then how is a Muslim wearing a Hijab any different? It’s not. Yet, through the media we are led to believe that they are different. Unfortunate, when many of us read something enough times, we end up believing it.
Please, open your eyes use the brain I know you are in possession of, and judge for yourself. I leave you with this request reader: the next time you see a Muslim woman wearing a Hijab, ask her how Oppressed she feels. Her answer may just surprise you.

mazmaz says:

Anybody who says that wearing hijab is some sort of oppression is ignorant and should look for further knowledge.

lee says:

Hello to anyone that reads this. I’m an irish woman, who has recently developed faith in God after being agnostic for many years following reading about Islam and reading text from the Qur’an.  Alot of it just made sense to me.  I don’t see a head covering as a form of oppression and never have even before I started to develop faith and never looked down upon the girls in my  university course who wore a head scarf. Although from my reading I am still unsure to  whether or not a head scarf is the be all and end all to modesty. I feel that I dress modestly already, I do not wear tight fitting clothing nor do I expose my bosom.  I feel sometimes that maybe the Qur’an has been misinterpreted. It says ‘hence let them draw their head coverings over their bosoms’ – from this I interpret that the women from the age when the Qur’an was revealed were already wearing head coverings and that they are encouraged to cover up their chests, but really within this text is the main issue not the chest rather than the head and hair???? The women of this time would already be wearing head scarves to protect their scalp, face and hair from the strong sun, heat and sand of that geographical area. Do I therefore require one for living in Ireland where the sun barely shines??  I don’t feel that men ogle at me because of my hair, I’d say they’d rather look at the shape of my bottom or the curve of my chest in tight jeans and a low cut top.  I think that alot of the concern surrounding the hijab may be more of a cultural thing than a religious one.  Of course if men are not accustomed to seeing women’s hair they  may be fascinated and distracted by it, therefore I can see why these traditions of head scarves continue in some Islamic countries.  I personally do not think that I am flaunting my beauty by not covering my head nor do I think that men which I encounter on a day to day basis are attracted to the sight of my hair nor do I feel pressure to look a certain way in this society, so I have difficulty agreeing with women who say that it frees them from vanity and pressures from people to look beautiful all the time.  If I do choose to follow the path of Islam this issue of head coverings is a hot topic that I may struggle with. I have read some things written (surprise surprise by men) about women who do not wear headscarves that they are not true followers of Islam.  I think this is an unfair statement to make, faith is in the heart and mind not in a headscarf around someones head.  Only God can judge a persons true faith and character. Although I think I do agree with their wear within a Mosque, partly due to the fact that due to the position for prayer it would keep my hair out of the way plus it is likely that there would be people also worshipping from all cutural backgrounds, who in not being accustomed to seeing my hair may be distracted in their prayer which it not something I would like to impose upon others.  Just as an end-note and I dont mean to be rude to anyone who has posted a comment of this description earlier, but surely you all saying ‘women look so much more beautiful wearing a headscarf’ kind of defeats the purpose for which Muslim women are supposed to be wearing them and also reinforces my point that beauty and modesty isn’t just wrapped up in someones hair.

Abul Hasad says:

Cassandra said:
“Every Muslim woman is required to wear a scarf or some sort of head covering and loose-fitting, modest attire. ” By whom? Since when did “modesty” equate to a headscarf and saggy black clothes. Hijab is oppression.
My response:
For someone who adheres to subjective morality, and an ideology characterized by relativism — you’re right, a “headscarf” does not necessarily equate to modesty. This is also why you see a Muslim woman’s sincere attempt at defining herself in relation to her way of life (Islam) as merely wearing “saggy black clothes.” In other words, you’ve got preconceived notions which are entirely subjective and characterized by prejudice.
It was God – an absolute standard for truth and morality, that commanded (and commands) ALL Muslims, not just woman, to adhere to a code of modesty known as the “hijab”.
 

oh brother says:

“It is interesting to state the head covering for women is not an Islamic innovation but was also practiced by Judeo-Christian women centuries earlier, and yet is laughed at by the West today.”
 
This is incorrect. There is no evidence that ancient Hebrews or Christians covered their hair with a veil. I’m tired of people wresting the Scriptures and distorting history for their own agenda. Catholic nuns wear the veil because Catholicism and Islam are one and the same. Veiling is a pagan tradition that does not come from the Bible and Catholicism has pagan traditions within it. People are misinterpreting 1 Corinthians 11:5-10. They just stop at verse 10 and don’t read on to verse 15 and 16. The latter plainly states that a woman’s hair is her covering and a glory to her from God. Paul is most likely denouncing the custom of shaving a woman’s hair or covering it with a material piece of cloth.
 
Modesty doesn’t not have to include covering hair or necks. People always go to extremes. You have those that dress skanky and the opposites who enjoin through tradition and religion wearing baggy shapless clothes and covering hair which isn’t even sexual. The balance is in the middle. You can be modest without having to wear shapless clothes and still show the outline of a woman’s shape in a tasteful way. A woman’s shape is God given and should not be treated as shameful. And why do all these traditions make a woman go over the moon by covering every inch of her scalp, ankles and face and not for the man? Why does it put responsiblity on the woman to dress in extremes just because men’s minds are nasty? Men can think sexually about anything, anything. Islam depends too much on externalities instead of teaching internal self-control. If Muslim men can be modest without having to wear black and cover their hair or veil their face then Muslim women should not either. It’s clearly a double standard. And it’s about control.

Rachel says:

I am a Christian and I do not see what the problem with Muslims wearing hijab is. I guess that many Muslims would call what I wear – a long skirt, loose-fitting top, and a hanging veil – ‘hijab’.

I believe that Christian women are expected to cover their head and hair with cloth. If you read 1 Corinthians 11, it clearly says this. If you find out what the original Greek word meant for every time it says ‘covering’ in this scripture, you will find that while in the phrase ‘hair is the covering’, ‘covering’ literally means ‘something that covers’, when it refers to the headcovering, the word means something along the lines of a wrapped covering, a hanging covering, a cloth covering.

While I would not go to the extremes of modesty that many Muslim women do, I do not believe that they are opressed or forced into it. Yes, some might be, but they certainly aren’t the majority! Would not any ‘normal’ person be forced into wearing tight jeans and a revealing top?
I believe that women should keep their modesty by not wearing revealing clothes, not showing the shape of their bodies much, by covering their legs and the chests and their shoulders. I believe that God tells Christian women to cover their head in constant prayer with a hanging cloth veil.
Am I ‘opressed’? No, I am not. Everything I wear is my choice entirely; my parents do not agree with my levels of modesty, so no-one can say I was forced into it. If I can cover like I do and not be opressed, then why can’t the same be true for Muslim women?

i believe that we should be respectfull with our bodys,and yes why not wear the hijab i love the hijab and am thinking of considering in wearing it,i think the muslims should feel proud to wear it  l would.we should be able to wear what we want in a respectfull way.

veronica says:

salam aleikum evry1
i just reverted to islam :)
i read here, some people saying hijab is not compulsury, for my understanding, correct me if am wrong, but it is stated in the bible and the quran that women should cover up.
if we are to follow Allah’s will, we have to follow evryting that he commanded, not pick and choose on what we want to follow.

Satchie says:

In the West today countries are banning the hijab because of politics.  It is not being banned for religious reasons or for the reason that woman are being oppressed.  When these bans were brought into force in Germany and France, terror threats were on the increase.  If Muslims do not approve or like the laws of the countries that they have chosen to adopt, they should all go back to where they originally came from!
 
The same is for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), this is still practices by many Muslim countries.  A law that was so obviously thought up by a man.  It’s alright for Muslim men to keep all their bits and bobs, but if you are a Muslim girl growing up in one of these countries the fear of you being “promiscuous” is so great that you will need to be circumcised!  Come on!  This is not oppression?

Mary says:

For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. (Genesis 24:65)

Rima Mhg says:

Being a Muslim woman I love to wear Hijab because that is our symbol and dignified. Wearing Hijab keeps a woman from harm such as rape, sin and etc. I’m proud to be a Muslim woman. :)

Rima Mhg says:

As a Muslim woman wearing Hijab gives me dignity and respect for my self. In Islam a woman must wear hijab for this following reason
1. It keeps a woman from getting rape because hijab avoids a woman to be the center of attractions of male.
2. It also keeps away a woman from getting sin because hijab covered the vital parts of a woman’s body that could motivate a bad intention from male and lastly, Hijab makes the woman who wears it respectable and proud because she knows that she’s following the right path.

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