Hijab: Does it really oppress us?!

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A common impression the world has about Muslim woman is that she is oppressed and is forced to cover herself by her family which is actually the opposite!

The Hijab is anything but oppression for a Muslim woman.

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Islam protects a woman.

It guards her chastity.

It guards her modesty.

It gives her freedom from all the evil vulgar gazes of men.

It protects her beauty.

It gives her dignity.

Islam views a woman as a precious diamond, which is protected in a shell and saved from any harm. Hijab doesn’t stop a Muslim woman from doing anything.

It is recorded in History and the world is still a witness to thousands of Muslim women excelling in different fields with a veil covering their faces.  Be it an Engineer, doctor, teacher, a student, you name it.

Our mother Ayesha May Allah be pleased with her used to teach the companions of the Prophet Peace be upon him after he passed away. She was not only a great scholar of her times, but she also excelled in other fields including Medicine and Literature.

Umm Ummara  may Allah be pleased with her, defended  the Prophet peace be upon him in the Battle of Uhud along with her husband and two sons, and she didn’t even have a shield to protect herself yet her only concern was to defend the Messenger of Allah. 

Even from a social aspect the hijab plays a vital role in the stability of a society, Muslim communities where women are dressed more modestly relative to other societies, experience a low rate of harassment, rape cases and divorce rate.

And my humble message to Muslim sisters who are reluctant to take the Hijab because they think they can’t pursue their dreams or will face difficulty finding a spouse or other social pressures: know that it’s Allah who is your Raziq, He will provide for you from where you never imagined, just take the first step He has promised to give you the best and increase you in favor. He will defend you when people talk about you, He’ll make you strong when you think it’s hard, He’ll help you in everything because that’s what He has promised those who believe in Him, obey Him and trust Him.

He says: [والذين جاهدوا فينا لنهدينهم سبلنا وان الله لمع المحسنين]

And those who strive for us – We will surely guide them to our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. [26:69]

You think you will look the odd one out in your Hijab? The Prophet peace be upon Him gave you glad tidings for that!

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. So good tidings for the stranger.’’ (Muslim)

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Islam has done nothing but uplift the status of a woman, it has given her the dignity and respect she deserves and is entitled to! Hijab doesn’t oppress her, it saves her from oppression!

Embrace it with pride. Don’t deprive yourself of the respect Islam has given you!

Abeer Nouman.

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17 thoughts on “Hijab: Does it really oppress us?!

  1. If I may, as a Westerner and a Christian give my views on this, I never thought or believed the hijab as its own entity was oppressive. As far as I understood, Islam doesn’t require or force women to wear it, it’s by choice. There are many prominent Muslim women who choose to not cover her hair unless she’s on religious grounds, Queen Rania of Jordan, Queen Noor of Jordan and various wives of important Muslim political leaders who also represent Islam (I can’t recall their names, just know their faces). I think the ‘oppression’ comes from when women are forced to wear it and are punished if they don’t, which does happen. People often do not separate the religion Islam from the local customs of a particular region where Islam is practiced. For example, at a remote region in Pakistan where people are Muslim, but they’ve taken the liberty of including or conflating some of their local customs (some of which are quite barbaric) with Islam the religion and have carried out many unspeakable things in the name of their religion when there’s nothing in their religion that allows them to do that. The greatest irony in my view (a third party view) is that Islam grants women many many freedoms and rights (and all of it is documented!) long before the West has even thought of them and put them into practice, but because of local customs being confused with the religion, Islam has the reputation of being a violent and oppressive religion. Thanks for writing this. Peace and Amen.

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    • You are most welcome to give you views and infact we are glad to hear your insights on this matter.

      With all due respect to the prominant Muslim women you have mentioned, not all Muslims practise or represent Islam fully.
      There are many rulings which many Muslims dont follow but that cant be taken as that the ruling is not present. Similar is the case of Hijab, many Muslim women who dont wear the veil acknowledge themselves that its the commandment and the lacking is from their part.There are even some people who dont believe the Hijab includes the covering of the face, which actually is found with clear proof in the Quran and Sunnah.
      Therefore, the most authentic source of Islamic teachings is the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet peace be upon him. Because at the end not every Muslim follows it as it should be.

      And yes, there are many things associated with Islam which ae actually acts condemned by it and are done by people who just protray themselves as Muslims and in turn the name of Islam is destroyed in the media mainly killing of innocent people. You might like to read our post regarding the misconceptions here:
      https://thehiddenprestige.wordpress.com2015/09/26/the-creative-blogger-award/

      Peace x

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  2. As a young Muslim, I myself am in the position of struggling to take the first step of wearing a hijab although it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for years. As someone said to me recently, it’s society who is oppressing us by making us think it is “unacceptable” to wear the hijab. Alhamdulilah thank you for this post.

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    • May Allah سبحان تعالى make it easy for you and give you respect through deen sister 🙂
      Just remember, whatever people say about you wearing hijab, Allah loves this form of you!
      And at the end, you have to be answerable to Allah not the society.
      They’ll have a problem with whatever you do, so just follow what He commanded and success is yours in both worlds in sha Allah 🙂

      You go girl! Our prayers are with you ❤
      Lots of love x

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    • Assalam-O-Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu! Deen sister just keep in mind that you have to stand for what is right even if there is no one to back you. Everyone is responsible for their own deeds, and no one will bear our suffering if we go wrong! In Shaa Allah you’ll find the hijab liberating. 🙂

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  4. Beautiful post indeed! Hijab is something not physically but emotionally attached to every women-believer or non believer- in this every woman finds peace and freedom of her own!

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