getting into the heads of those who do stuff which puzzles you

27 Apr

Though i know of some who dehijabize, I have never satisfied my burning desire to ask the W-H-Y. I just come up with my own conclusions and maybe I should just Do’a-kan. I’ve had my moments but I think Allah made it easy for me, my family and the way I just am since when i was a little girl had a part to play.

This article is thought-provoking as a whole. You should read it to understand what goes on the heads of these women who dehijabize.

A scary phenomenon:

A small piece of evidence; Facebook profile pictures of girls in hijab are increasingly replaced; sometimes, the replacement picture is as simple as a woman in loose clothes with her long, flowing hair showing, while at other times it is women posing in bikinis or mini-skirts. Women all over the world are casting off the hijab.

One of the reason why women decide to take it off, no doubt the thought has occured to me but I have no intention of doing something against what i believe in just so that i can find a man to marry. God is all-knowing and aware and i leave my life in the One who knows what is best for me.

I decided to ask around. Some women had originally decided to wear the hijab to counteract serious sins they had committed in the past. Ironically, some women also removed the hijab because they felt that they were sinners, and were therefore unable to live up to what they felt should symbolize a woman in a hijab. A huge number of women noted that even the most religious of Muslim men were proposing to women who were not in hijab, leaving the women in hijab feeling rather inadequate; if a religious man is uninterested in a woman in a headscarf, who will be?

Another reason given which is a weak one unless you face violence but still, most of them just want to fit in. It has always been about fitting in hasnt it? Arent we all different individuals who live how we like and do what we want. Then why dress according to people’s perception? I personally hold onto the saying,”To each it’s own.”

When i was in Frankfurt, i met a Candian girl who was a fellow hostel room mate. And we had this conversation. I have had a few more reactions which i dread, i will share some in the future. 

CG: Can you wake me up for my early flight at 5 because my phone charger is faulty.

Me: Sure, it wouldnt be a problem since i would wake up around that time to pray. (i am not usually very frank but something got into me, i dont know what)

She was a little taken aback but she recovered fast and

CG: so I guess you are muslim? (Or i think she asked what was my religion because at that i wasn’t with the hijab as i was in the room and that was the first time i met her.)

Me: yea

She asked me a weird question

CG: What do you think of people who dont pray? (and this time i was caught off guard and after a few seconds of silence)

Me: I said it is their own choice. 

CG: (She answered her own question) To each its own, right?

Me: Yea

Many others grew exhausted of the ‘out-of-place’ feeling they had- either because they were in a majority non-Muslim country, where the hijab was viewed as dehumanizing, or because they were in a Muslim majority country which, as a consequence of Westernisation, increasingly viewed the hijab as ‘unsophisticated’ or a sign of poor education.

The most common reason for their act which i totally condone:

But this brings me to the most important point of dehijabization. Women who remove the headscarf because they choose to interpret the Islamic tradition in their own way without training; they are just as problematic as these preachers. Perhaps this is the most alarming and now widespread reason for dehijabization – women who claim that the hijab is not fard (obligatory). This was cited as the most common reason used by the majority of women I have come across who have dehijabized.

Logical counter-arguement:

 Yes, there are several different interpretations, but they all must come from the basis of Islamic law. But on the hijab, there is no difference of opinion. The 31st verse of the 24th chapter of the Qur’an mentions the word khimar, which unequivocally means a veil covering the head, according to the agreed upon definition by the majority of classical commentators. The commentators (mufasiroon) further comment by stating that the noun khimar (the singular of khumur) was a loosely worn veil which was worn long before the advent of Islam and long after.

However, during the period of the revelation, it was customary that women bared their breasts while covering their hair. In fact, as Arab men went off to battle, women used to bear their breasts to encourage them to be brave; in some cases, they would show their breasts during warfare. With the advent of Islam, until now, Muslim women have been showing only their hands and faces, in accordance with the prescriptions of the Prophet, and the passing of his prescriptions from that time until this day. That methodology is followed not just in terms of the hijab, an admittedly small piece of cloth, but in the whole of this religion.
 
To read the whole article, click on the link above. The quotes are excerps from the article.
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