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.

The Creative Blogger Award

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Thank you Matt (https://mattandhiscats.wordpress.com/) for nominating us for the Creative Blogger Award. We really appreciate it and sincere apologies for the delayed response.

Matt suggested that instead of writing five facts about myself, I could write about five misconceptions concerning Islam. I really liked his idea and went ahead with it as it could be helpful to many people who have confusions regarding some beliefs and practices related to Islam. So here are the five common misconceptions about Islam that I believe need to be cleared.

 

Misconception # 1: Islam promotes and permits terrorism.

Islam is a peaceful religion which condemns cruelty and injustice even in the smallest matters. The media has portrayed Muslims as terrorists who have no value of innocent human lives which is actually the opposite.  Allah says in the Quran:

“ If anyone murders an innocent person, it will be as if he has murdered the whole of humanity. And if anyone saves a person it will be as if he has saved the whole of humanity.” [5:32]

Even in war the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) has commanded us not to kill children, women and the elderly nor destroy plant or kill animals unnecessarily.

Study Islam for yourself and see what its teachings are. Just because someone blows himself up saying he is a Muslim doesn’t mean he actually is and neither does a small group of Muslims define Islam as a whole, not every Muslim follows all the teachings of Islam.

Misconception # 2: Islam oppresses women specially through Hijab.

Islam has given women the dignity and respect she deserves and a high status which wasn’t given to her before. In olden days women were ordinary materialistic commodities rather than humans. A woman was bought and sold to whoever wanted her, she wasn’t given any share from inheritance nor did she have any say in the house. Islam gave her the freedom she was deprived of. In Islam a women is treated like the queen of the house. She is taken care of and protected. She has the right to study, work, inherit, choose her own spouse, divorce etc. It is commanded to treat women with utmost justice and respect.

Moreover the Hijab is actually a freedom for her, a freedom from all the glances of men. It s a protection of her chasity and dignity. She is not a showcase to be seen by everyone. In fact her beauty is something precious.

Misconception # 3: Forced marriages are allowed in Islam.

Arranged marriages are a norm in the societies of many countries and its not something confined to Islam.

In Islam both men and women have equal rights to choose spouse for themselves and reject a proposal if they don’t find someone suitable for themselves likewise. In fact, the marriage is not even valid if the girl is forced by her guardians.

If a man finds a woman attractive to him or vice versa the best thing for them is to get married.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “We do not think that there is anything better for those who love one another than marriage.” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah)

Misconception # 4: All Muslims are Arabs.

Yes, the Prophet Peace be upon him was sent to the Arab nation but his message is for the whole of mankind. Islam is a universal religion.

The Arabs only make up 15%-20% of the Muslim population in the world, the rest are non-Arabs.

While the majority of Arabs are Muslims, there are many other religions that Arabs practice including Christianity and Judaism.

Misconception # 5: Islam is intolerable to other religions.

Some people think Islam in not tolerant to other faiths and religions, which is not true. Islam prohibits from making fun of other religions and their Gods.

There are many historical examples of Muslim tolerance towards other faith. One such example was when the caliph Umar was ruler of Jerusalem from 634 to 644 AD. He granted freedom to all religious communities and said that the inhabitants of his city were safe and that their places of worship would never be taken away from them. He also set up courts that were designated to the non Muslim minorities.

Thanks for reading guys, I  nominate these blogs to know more about them:

  1. Poetry4islam (https://poetry4islam.wordpress.com/)

2. The Strange Wayfarer (https://strangewayfarer.wordpress.com/)

3. Just Bliss (https://tanveerrauf.wordpress.com/)

4. Randoms by Random (https://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/)

5. My Head Hurts (https://fromayoungphilosopher.wordpress.com/)

Rules:
• Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
• Share 5 facts about yourself.
• Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
• Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Looking forward to reading your replies! 🙂

Abeer Nouman.

But He is The Forgiver and The Most Merciful..

I have often heard and seen people, doing what they want, not following the commandments of Allah SWT while knowing it or following only those which are easy and feasible to them and when they are reminded and advised they say, ‘ Allah is AlGafoor and Ar Raheem.”

Well yes Allah swt is surely Al-Gafoor (الغفور The Forgiver and Hider of Faults ) and Ar-Raheem ( الرحيمThe Merciful), in fact He SWT is also Al-Lateef ( اللطيف The Most Gentle),

Al-Ghaffar ( الغفار The Great Forgiver),

Ar-Raoof ( الرؤوف The Compaasionate),

Al-Afuwwu ( The Forgiver),

Al-Tawaab (التواب The Guide to Repentance)

BUT He is also;

Severe in penalty (شديد العقاب)

The Owner of Retribution (ذو انتقام)

He is swift in account (سريع الحساب)

if this was the case, then why has Allah swt defined whats Halal or Haram, why is there Paradise and Hell-fire? We could all do whatever we like and still be forgiven!

It’s your deeds that will determine how you will be dealt in the hereafter.

There is no doubt that Allah loves to forgive his servants and accepts repentance but that doesn’t mean we live how we want, do whatever we want and then expect to be forgiven anyways. It’s a 2 way deal not one-sided.

You ask Him, He gives you.

You thank Him, He gives you more.

You remember Him, He remembers you.

You ask for forgiveness, He forgives you.

We cant just keep fooling ourselves. We need to realize and work for His Paradise.

Abeer Nouman.

There were no cars back then, we should ride on camels too! 

The Prophet PBUH didn’t use cars in his time, then why don’t we use camels also? There were no microphones in his time, it means giving athan through microphone is also bidah then!
Sounds familiar?

Yep! That’s exactly the response I’ve heard a zillion times when I inform people about some of the most common practices are actually bi’dah since the Prophet PBUH didn’t do them.

In sha Allah the topic of bi’dah would be addressed in a separate post soon but for now I would like to reply to all those who say this:
The knowledge given to man is divided into 2 parts: Acquired Knowledge and Revealed Knowledge.
The acquired knowledge is the knowledge of the Physical World which is acquired through our 5 senses.

When we see, hear, smell, taste or touch the new information is passed to our brain which process it, generates an output and stores it. As the new pieces of information further increases, it is stored too and the brain reconciles it with the previous information stored thus generating new outputs further. Slowly and gradually this information increases and thats how man is continuously inventing and discovering new things.

This knowledge is completely different from the Revealed knowledge.

This acquired knowledge is actually related to the knowledge which was given to Adam (AS) which Allah swt mentions in Surah Baqarah:
وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا

And He taught Adam the names – all of them. [2:31]
You know how the mango seed has actually the potential mango tree in it, once its in the soil and receives water, slowly a few leaves starts to grow then eventually in the span of 2-3 years it has grown into a mango tree, the same way the scholars have a consensus (ijma) that Adam AS was taught the potential knowledge of everything and now its being exfoliated and growing rapidly and we cant say how far this knowledge will go. Its like a self grown plant which is increasing as time is passing.
This is the Human Knowledge of the Physical World.

We are actually urged to learn and excel in the field of Technology, Human Sciences, Astronomy, Mathematics etc to use it in the service of our deen.
As for the Revealed Knowledge, it is the guidance which Allah SWT has sent. Allah SWT said to Adam AS when he and Hawa AS were sent to the Earth:
فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُم مِّنِّي هُدًى

And when guidance comes to you from Me.[2:38]
Previously Allah swt had sent other Holy books to the previous nations, there were also for guidance as Allah swt says:
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَا التَّوْرَاةَ فِيهَا هُدًى وَنُورٌ

Indeed, We sent down the Torah, in which was guidance and light.
But gradually as time flew, nations came, prophets were sent, this guidance was completed in the Holy Quran.
To sum it up, the practices of Islam has nothing to do with technology or any other worldly advancement.

In fact, we are urged to follow and be up-to-date with the latest and advanced discoveries in the field of the Physical Science and as for the Religious practices we are given the complete guidance in the Book of Allah and the teachings of His beloved Prophet PBUH.
* Taken from the works of Dr Israr Ahmed ( May Allah have mercy on him)
Abeer Nouman.