I read a story of a teacher named Rita Panahi who said that people shouldn’t celebrate hijab day because the Hijab oppresses women.
“This is a symbol of oppression,” she said
Her reason for saying this was because she saw a girl in the hijab being rebuked by Lydia Gurus. Lydia Gurus is a politician and a spokeswoman for the French political party Les Republican.
My question now is
“How can clothing mean oppression? How exactly?”
Personally, i don’t expect someone to attach this kind of meaning to clothing. But we live in a world where we now celebrate nudity and shun hijab. What a world.
Let me take you back in time to see what else hijab was then.
Do you know that veiling did not originate because of the Islamic religion? According to Wikipedia
Elite women in ancient times as far back as 2500BCE wore veils as a sign of high status and respectability. You heard me right.
In fact, some laws detailed which women must wear veils and which must not. For example, slaves and prostitutes were forbidden with a great section attached.
So how do we get from Hijab being a symbol of respectability to a means of oppression?
Like i always say,
“If you think that something is not good for you, that is your opinion and should remain with you. Don’t generalize it or force it on people. As long as that thing is legal and it is no way affecting the society, then it is not bad.”
I hope this syncs better. I recommend that you read the statement again for exact understanding.
Muslims the hijab as a means of modesty and privacy. Some also see it as a symbol of heritage for one religion. Some ladies the convenience it brings with it.
Trust me, there is no lie in it if you check very well. So where is the shaming coming from?
Here is what Toqa Badram wrote about it
History of Hijab day
It was started by Nazma Khan because she experienced series of shaming over wearing a headscarf. She was an immigrant to the united states from Bangladesh back then and she was just 11.
It started in 2013 for both Muslim and non-Muslim women. It is in a way to encourage and support freedom of religion.
Other stories about Hijab
Research showed that women on hijab a different reaction when it comes to the career world. For example, an employer interacts with a woman on hijab based on her qualifications and skills rather than her appearance.
Let me reframe it this way. It is a way to say
“I am not here to use my body to get this job. I am not here to give you sex in exchange for a grade’. Take off that mindset.”
Hijab is more than a covering. It is a symbol!
Let’s talk about the types of Hijab
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