Hijab, Criticism, and the Burden of Public Expectations

  • Sabrina Islam

    Hmm, a lot of focus is always applied to the women of Islam but not the men.

    • Amani Alkhat

      So agreed! So thank goodness for Facebook pages like this, haha: http://muslimgirl.com/7693/what-if-men-and-beards-were-treated-like-women-and-hijab/

    • Ozi Taf

      Assalamu Alaykum Sabrina :) It’s not a focus applied to muslim women, it’s what Allah asks us to do; to hide our body and hair, to dress with modesty. Yes the society is becoming harder to satisfy, and if we follow the trends and how media represent us we ll be tired trying to make them satisfied. So instead of wasting our energy in that, it’s better to satisfy the One and the only : Allah. He knows better how a woman is and what is better for her. And difficulties? let’s deal with it, and let’s face it with courage and constance. Our Islam makes us stronger inside even if the whole world see us weak or opressed :)

    • faryal

      i agree with you

  • Amne

    This is a fantastic piece and your thoughts are very eloquently articulated. As a Muslim woman constantly fighting the Western world’s scrutiny of hijab women, I’m often left fighting the Muslim community on the flip side for the very same reasons. God bless you sister.

  • Salwa Muslimah Solace

    I strongly disagree sister, We have a duty as fellow muslims to guide and ADVISE one another. And remind one another. Just as if one sister decided to smoke I am not going to give her a pat on the back. From the True Islamic stance we are one ummah, when one part of the body aches the whole body feels it. So when a sister chooses to disobey Allah we all get affected by it to the point that yes it is my business and I will do what was commanded of me to give Dawah. That is Islam, And I wont apologies and I am annoyed how these “modern” muslims are hijacking Islam. Don’t play games with Islam, it is not a joke. This is not Christianity or Judaism. Imam Ahmed said one muslim is like a Mirror to another, when you look in the mirror you make sure there is no faults everything is in good order. And that is how you should be to other muslims. Just as you would correct yourself… So are you saying you are better and know Islam better then Imam Ahmed? Or Prophet SAW or Allah? ….. If so then that is dangerous territory and not something I would like to have when I meet Allah. That mentality is not how a Muslim should feel. In matters of deen we should love to practice not always finding ways to be disobedient… How can I disobey Allah and keep everyone off my back? That Is not islam at all. And No islam is not personal to everyone. Islam is set in guidelines The QURAN and Hadith Saheeh Sunnah. Khalas. If you start adding or taken away as the prophet SAW said then you are not from his ummah, you are not a muslim. So stick to it or stop sabotaging Islam.
    Even the non muslims are confused… Hijab is outlined in detail in the Quran and sunnah and non muslims are confused on what is the real one because there is lack of consistency and any girl that tries to correct and rectify it is shot down. Sorry this is totally wrong. We speak up and remind people of the correct way of practicing every aspect of islam, and that does not mean sit down and shut up… the attitude you and other “bloggers” are encouraging. Sorry if the prophet SAW had that attitude where would Islam be now? Non existent. So excuse me If I do not abandon the sunnah and Quran and my deen. You carry on down your road of negligence but don’t drag others along with you. This post is only creating MORE fitna… like we don’t have enough from non muslims. Now the “Muslims” are adding to it.

    • jess

      why do you have to say,, “This isn’t Christianity or Judaism”? What right do you have to speak ill of any religion? That’s rude.

      • Orango

        Hi. It could be rude but it’s kind of the truth. I used to try to believe in the cross but I failed n left. There’s much relaxation and “done away with rules” all in the name of the CROSS. While Jesus the Messiah himself said Matthew 5:17 “I didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfill it”. What does that mean ? What authority does the christian church have before the Almighty to do away with the laws ?

        I am reading the bible on my own and doing my research by my own self.
        Pork is mentioned as one of those animals that shouldn’t be eaten amongst a lot others such as sea foods. Leviticus 11 (the whole chapter). But yet the christian church won’t bother teach you those commandments cause they are imposing to u they own beliefs. Everybody thinks it is a Muslim thing while its not, you simply have to know how to read when you pick up a bible.
        The sabbath, “the seventh day” aka Saturday is the day that the MOST HIGH himself blessed and chose as a day no man shall perfom work but shall worship and chill. Exodus 20:8-11. But what day does the christian church choose to make you worship ? We know the answer.
        The MOST HIGH commanded women to dress with modesty and no added extravagance 1 Timothy 2:9. What does that mean ?
        This is not to say Islam is the perfect religion cause I’ve also got my argument abt it but a lot of credits can be granted.

  • Palestinian

    That was explicit! same way of mine in defending Hijab, I’m happy you’ve found the right way sister :)