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What If Men and Beards Were Treated Like Women and Hijab?

What If Men and Beards Were Treated Like Women and Hijab?

We have a new favorite Facebook page.

A Man’s Hijab is a parody of what we Muslim women have to put up with everyday. You know what we’re talking about: the constant messages of the “haram” and “halal” way for women to dress, the devaluation of women that don’t wear a headscarf, the objectification of women as nothing more than wrapped or unwrapped candies thrown in dust (I think we all remember that one…), and the insinuation that the hijab is not a woman’s personal expression of faith, but rather her responsibility to prevent fitnah among her male counterparts.

Now, we can all enjoy what it would look like if the tables were turned.

By recreating the same outdated allegories and images that Muslims misconstrue as representing women’s hijab, the “A Man’s Hijab” Facebook page turns the male gaze back on men by focusing on Islam’s expectations of male modesty (yes, it exists) with the beard as the hijab equivalent. It opens a small window into what it would be like “if men and beards were treated like women and headscarves” by a moderator that humorously claims he or she is “just a humble person trying to help men become modest.”

The page offers men a wake-up call about how uncomfortable the discussion on woman’s hijab is in the Muslim community. And, hopefully, it will also provide some perspective to women who are not already aware of just how problematic that discussion can be.

Here are some of our favorites from the page:

FACT: Beards keep flies away.

“FACT: Beards keep flies away.”

"Please brothers! BEARDS show you are healthy, just like FEATHERS show birds are healthy."

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“Please brothers! BEARDS show you are healthy, just like FEATHERS show birds are healthy.”

"A Catholic priest once met with a Shaykh and asked him: 'Why are your men required to have beards?' The Shaykh smiled and took out two kiwis from his pocket (he likes to carry kiwis around with him). He peeled the hairy skin from one of them, and left the hairy skin on the other. He then threw both of the kiwis on the ground and asked the priest: 'Which one are you willing to eat?' The priest said 'Of course the one with the hairy skin still on it!' The Shaykh again smiled and said: 'It is the same with our men!'"

“A Catholic priest once met with a Shaykh and asked him: ‘Why are your men required to have beards?’
The Shaykh smiled and took out two kiwis from his pocket (he likes to carry kiwis around with him). He peeled the hairy skin from one of them, and left the hairy skin on the other.
He then threw both of the kiwis on the ground and asked the priest: ‘Which one are you willing to eat?’ The priest said ‘Of course the one with the hairy skin still on it!’
The Shaykh again smiled and said: ‘It is the same with our men!'”

Make sure you like the “A Man’s Hijab” Facebook page here!

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  • I don’t agree. that page is mocking Islam, Hijab and the beard. Sorry but you say this is a Muslim girl page… yet you support someone who is mocking Islam and allows non muslims to add jokes about Islam and muslims? Is that what we do to our muslims and to Allah… stab each other in the back and allow kaffirs to laugh at us?…. Subhana Allah… should this be called Muslim Girl or something else? Arragont girl?….Or mocking Girl?…..

    • That’s not what the page is about, rather it mentions the following as the reasoning behind what it’s doing ” recreating the same outdated allegories and images that Muslims misconstrue as representing women’s hijab, the “A Man’s Hijab” Facebook page turns the male gaze back on men by focusing on Islam’s expectations of male modesty (yes, it exists) with the beard as the hijab equivalent.” It is not mocking Islam, it acknowledges both as requirements rather its humorously criticizing the way people approach them

      • No the owner insults Islamic tradition of the Sunnah and Allows most of its followers to insult Muhammed SAW. So I am 100% sure the owner is a Troll and just creating Fitna. What proper Muslim would allow others to mock Islam and the Prophet SAW? Sorry but you have been fooled. I am reporting this page.

  • As a muslim guy who’s heard the candy wrapper allegory since I was a kid, the Kiwi version literally made me lol. Will definitely have to start sharing that anytime the candy-wrapper one is used, especially by douchey guys trying to preach without beards

  • Ridiculous. Men and Women are both human, but that is where the similarities stop. There is no scientific, moral, ethical or religious reason that a man should have a beard. At most, it is an aesthetic choice. Hijab and beards are not similar and cannot be compared.

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