Hijab under attacked
Friday, Jumad-ul-Sani 9, 1429
June 13, 2008
secularists among Muslim societies – are paranoid of the word ‘Hijab
(headscarf)’ – not that it’s an Islamic requirement for the female Believers –
but because it’s a symbol of ‘modesty’, which scare the hell out of the people,
who want to use female gender as an object of sexual pleasure and commercial
commodity. Therefore, the ‘war on Hijab’ is not limited to some western
countries (France, Germany, Denmark, etc.) but also in several Muslim nation
states (Turkey, Tunis, etc.)
doesn’t prescribe a definite style Hijab or Purdah – except that both men and
women should cover those parts of their bodies, which could become sexual
attraction for the opposite gender. The dress, however, must be loose and long
for modesty purposes. Its various styles found in various Muslim nation-states
– are the product of their local cultures and personal choice.
Islamic activists have always been on the receiving end of such anti-Islam Kemalist mafia. In 1997 – the Refah (Welfare) Party was banned for lifting ban on Adhan in Arabic (in 1928) and Hijab (in 1997). In June 23, 2001 – Fazilat (Virtue) Party was banned for the so-called ‘threat to Turkey’s secularist society’. This time the government prosecutor demanded that Party’s 102 MPs (550-member Parliament) be dismissed and its top leaders be banned from taking part in elections for the next 10 years.
On February 9,
2008, Turkish Parliament with Islamists MPs in clear majority – voted (441 in
favor with 109 against) to ‘ease’ the ban on wearing Hijab in Universities.
According to BBC – “two-thirds of all Turkish women cover their heads, meaning
thousands have been missing out on the opportunity to attend college.”
The First Lady (wife of Turkish President Abdullah Gul) wears Hijab and had been pro-Hijab activist.
Posted June 16, 2008 at 7:52 am | Permalink
I suspect that the reason people object to hijab more than to the traditional head covering garments of Jews and Christians is because of your last line: hijab is obligatory. Head coverings for Christian women are not a matter of obligation; they are elective. And even in Judaism, women don’t have to wear their head coverings all the time.
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