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30. Western liberty and the hijab

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30. Western liberty and the hijab
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2003
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46
Article number: 
30
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p.10
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November 16, 2003
Author: 
‘Abduh Mubashir
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The article discusses the issue of the Islamic veil in the Western world and how it turned into focus that draws hostility towards Islamic life styles. The author believes that the Western rejection of the veil can be regarded as a part of the trend that rejects foreigners in Europe which is well expressed by extremist rightist wings in Europe. The author believes that the freedom as an essential principle value in the West, which admitted marriage of homosexuals in the context of sexual freedom, did not accept the Muslim veil due to secular communities´ fear of the threats to their life style posed by Islamic fundamentalists and political powers.

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Arguments against the hijab [the veil covering a woman’s hair] have started in the West, especially in France and Germany, in order to attack the Islamic life and Muslim females who wear the hijab.

Perhaps these secular societies fear the Islamic policies and the fundamentalist leaders who threaten them, especially after the September 11 attacks. Such fear may be born of the historical fear of the Islamic conquest of Europe. So the religious, scientific, and educational institutions exert efforts in order to defame Islam. Although the West enjoys liberty, most European countries are full of hatred towards Islam and Muslims.

There are institutions and organizations that defend Islam, but the Islamic countries have failed to organize their efforts in order to spread a positive image of Islam.

Terrorist operations against tourists in Islamic countries, and against civilians in foreign counties, have contributed to defaming Islam. The bad behavior of some Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. and Europe, and the corruption and absence of democracy in most Islamic countries, have also contributed to this. The rejection of the hijab expresses the rejection of Islam and of Muslims in Europe.

Two Muslim sisters were expelled from their school due to their insistence on wearing the hijab. Investigations have revealed that the two girls had joined an Islamic fundamentalist group with the help of a Muslim officer who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood. This exposes how Islamic groups in Europe exert efforts in order to gain more supporters.

As a result, the French Minister of Education supported ousting the two Muslim students. He said that we live in a secular society which we respect, and that we refuse any threat to such a society. He added that if the two girls wanted to re-join their secular school, they would have to obey its rules.

The hijab has become a problem in the U.S., Europe, and some Islamic countries like Turkey and Iran. The first Muslim female to win the Nobel Price declared that she wears hijab when she is inside her country, Iran, because she respects its laws, but she takes it off when she is abroad. She is an example of Iranian females who refuse to wear the hijab, imposed on them by the Iranian government.

The hijab is the female form of obedience to Allah. To believe in Allah means to be obedient to Him. The Qur’an clarifies and states what is allowed and what is forbidden, and the Sunna [sayings or actions of the prophet] explain the Qur’an.

The Prophet forbade writing his sayings but after his death the Caliph Omar Ibn Abdel-Aziz ordered transcribing the Prophet’s sayings. After that, there were Muslim imams who made efforts to collect and gather the Prophet’s sayings and Hadith [traditions of the prophet Mohammed]. Many conflicts have taken place due to the huge number of the collected Hadith and sayings. So Sunna scholars set standards to control the acceptance and the transcription of the Prophet’s Hadith and sayings, in order to protect them from falsification.

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