You'll be surprised what happens
Elmasraya, The Daily Reveille (LSU)
“Do you take a shower with that on?” is pretty common.
And so is, “Do you wear that because you’re bald?” That one’s my favorite.
I certainly don’t mind the questions, and I am happy to answer them whenever I get them. But, now it’s your turn. I challenge the women on this campus to walk a day in my shoes. I challenge women to wear hijab for a whole day on April 25, 2008 and then talk about the experience afterward. Whether you think Muslim women are oppressed or whether you respect the hijab, you all have something to gain from the experience.
I have to admit, the idea wasn’t really my own. Montclair State University’s Muslim Students Association recently sponsored the same type of event. The idea was to get girls to wear hijab, show them how to wear it for a day and at the end of the day, come together and discuss their experiences.
Muslim women wear the hijab because it is a commandment of Allah, or God, in the Quran. And since Muslims believe the purpose of life is to worship the creator alone, they must follow all the commandments in the Quran, and who better to tell a person what’s good or bad for them than the one who created them?
So here are the rules of the game, so to speak:
1. Women must wear the hijab in front of all men not related to them. The only men that women are allowed to uncover in front of are their fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, sons, nephews and husbands. Sorry girls, boyfriends don’t count.
2. A woman may remove her hijab in front of other women, provided there are no unrelated men around.
3. Hijab includes not only covering the hair, but wearing long, loose-fitting clothes that cover the entire body except for the hands and face.
4. If people ask you why you are wearing it, tell them the reason why Muslim women wear the hijab.
5. For those interested, come to the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge on East Airport Drive that Friday evening, and we can have a discussion about it.
I would love everyone to learn from this experience. For those of you who claim Muslim women are oppressed, perhaps this is your chance to understand why we love wearing the hijab.
This is something extremely rewarding, and I would love for others to be
enlightened by the experience.
Please report any
broken links to
Copyright © 1988-2012 irfi.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer