Some Muslim women believe that although the principles of modesty are clearly outlined in the Qu’ran, they perceive the wearing of the headscarf as a cultural interpretation of these scriptures. These women sometimes believe that the values espoused by the wearing of the headscarf can be achieved in other ways. Some women believe that while the hijab allowed women in the past to engage in public society without garnering attention, the headscarf in contemporary Western society brings more attention to women and is thus contradictory to its original purpose. Others believe that the hijab and other external practices have become inappropriately central to the practice of Islam, and instead choose to focus on their internal and spiritual relationship with God.While some women might choose not to wear the hijab, most Muslim women agree that it is a woman’s choice whether or not she wears the hijab. Many Muslim and Arab women who have chosen not to wear the hijab are often staunch advocates of a woman’s right to choose to
During the interview she explained to me her culture and what the Hijab meant to her. She also explained some of the challenges she still faces in our society. She says that when people see her and how she dresses they
One of the Olympians’ names were Doaa Elghobashy, a 19-year-old Egyptian wears a hijab and the majority of her body was covered. The other Olympians’ name is Kira Walkenhorst a 25-year-old German who wears a “typical” beach volleyball uniform. This article interviews two women and their opinions on Hijabs. One of the women has a very powerful and positive outlook on hijabs while the other has an extremely
On September 29th, 2014, a raucous Kansas City Chief’s stadium dismantled Tom Brady and the Patriots on Monday night football as an audience of over nine million viewers watched Hussain Abdullah of the Chiefs seal the game away with a “pick-six”. As Hussain ran into the end zone, he then proceeded to slide onto his knees and perform Salaat with a dome of fans cheering around him. Despite being a truly spectacular display, Hussain was rewarded instead by getting penalized for excessive celebration. This being said, although many avid sports fans may remember this result purely as one of the greatest deficits ever faced by the legendary New England Patriots, others may recall this event at a time that America showed how little we still know about religious traditions and the influences they play in peoples’ lives. What really intrigues me though is not why the flag was thrown, but why Hussain chose to perform Salaat instead. Out of one of the most defining career moments of his life, what was it that made him choose to do what he did? Due to this curiosity, I will discuss the various roles that Quranic readings and Muhammic teachings have to play in American athletes’ lives by analyzing the impacted lifestyles of Muhammad Ali, Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, and Ibtihaj Muhammad.
American Muslim are oppressed by the the impression that the hijab is a reminder of the threat of terrorism. In Asma Khalid’s National Public Radio’s article, "Lifting The Veil: Muslim Women Explain Their Choice" where she interviews American Muslim women they discuss this as one of the reasons for unveiling. In the NPR article,Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, age 27, agrees with this concept talking about the huge responsibility that comes with the hijab, citing her own experiences she elaborates. “I’m the kind of person who likes to walk into a room and be unnoticed…when you wear hijab and you walk into a room, everyone notices you; everyone stares at you; everyone makes assumptions about you”(Khalid). The attention women receive from where the hijab is further discussed in an article on the website Arabs in America, a project directed by Dr. Sahar Amer, a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Amer writes that some women believe“the headscarf brings more attention to women and is thus contradictory to its original purpose” (Amer). Both articles shared the concept of the hijab as an expression of cultural and religious identity.The negative perception of Muslims and the rise of “anti-Muslim zeal” post 9-11 is oppressive to American Muslim women as they fall victim to mistreatment, violence, and
Muhammad is a very gifted person. He got interested in boxing when a thief stole his bike. He told the police that he wanted to beat up the criminal. The officer told him that he would have to learn to fight before he can start challenging people. Coincidentally, the officer also helped at a gym teaching young kids to fight. A little while later Muhammad was in the gym with the officer learning how to box. That is believed to be what sparked his interest in the sport.
Drawing on the article “the politics of veiling, gender and the Muslim subject: on the limits and possibilities of anti-racist education in the
As a result of past governments led by fundamentalist Muslims, Western feminists have taken the issue of the headscarf into their own hands. The feminist movement regarding Islamic head coverings began in response to their belief that Muslim women are being oppressed. Although many people have been convinced that all women are continually being forced to cover their bodies and faces, this belief is far from the truth. Throughout the worldwide Muslim population, a majority of Muslim women who wear any kind of head coverings do so out of their own will. There have been select governments that have enforced headscarves, but today women have the choice left to themselves. Even though many Muslim women have spoken out to Western feminists to ensure
Over the past 120 years, women’s lives in the Middle East (and everywhere else for that matter) have greatly changed. This is partially from many Middle Eastern countries being controlled by European countries and being forced to change and also due to increasing opportunities for women. Particularly from turn of the 20th century to now, women’s roles in Middle Eastern society have really changed. Along with that, many things have changed about the hijab in the past 120 years, particularly women’s’ relationship with the hijab, their reasons for wearing one and how society sees women who wear a hijab.
Muhammad discussed first herself as an ordinary African-American muslim whom wholeheartedly represent the country of America in a Olympic Game. For her, it was a great opportunity to live in America, but for some instances she felt a pain about the discrimination she had encountered and the others might encounter anytime. Nevertheless, Muhammad were still hoping that the love and strength from diversity will be use to bond again the relationship between on
The most significant issue with these laws banning religious symbols and head coverings in public is that they force Muslim women to become secluded in French society. As a result of the 2011 law, Muslim women cannot go out in public while they wear hijabs, niqabs, or burqas. Author Melanie Adrian explains that Muslim women must choose between their religion or retaining the right to go out in public without being punished. She states that these laws targeting French Muslim women “has compromised their ability to live authentically as contributing members of society.” Many women who refuse to remove their niqabs and burqas have made the decision to work from home in order to avoid going out in public. However, other Muslim women have organized
Knowing that a Muslim women veiling herself can change people's opinions. That just by dressing and acting in accordance with her beliefs. Muslim women can be a positive symbol of something is one of the most empowering feelings in the world. From Morocco to Iran, as well as in Europe and North America, veiling has come to show the differences between the West and Islam (John 2745). The veiling of a Muslim women is her choice and identity to the world. Similar to Christians and the cross or the national
Muhammad would take some time to meditate in the cave of Hira. At the age of forty in 610ce he had his first revelation while he was away in the cave of Hira meditating (Haleem xi). In this revelation he was told he was the Apostle of God and needed to call men to God (Schroeder 27). He did not know who to go to first so he asked Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr said he, himself, should be called upon first (Schroeder 26). Muhammad’s close friends and family were the first to follow him and accept Islam. In 620ce Muhammad convinced the Medina pilgrims to follow him, and in 621ce he obtained the Medina militia to fight for him (Gabriel 60-61). In Medina the Khazraj and the Aws were at war with each other and have been at war with each other for a while. The
I was born into a family of mixed cultures and religions. My father was Christian and my mother was of an Islamic descent. I was always respectful to any religion, regardless of it’s beliefs, because it is a symbol of devotion and peace. When I grew up, I was fascinated to see how quickly Islam started to spread in Western parts of the world. My fascination was also followed by disbelief of how ignorant and cruel anti-islamic activists were, blaming every single act of terror and violence onto a religious group. I could believe it on a global scale, but I never knew it was something that could wait for anyone wearing hijab, right around the corner. In my first semester at Hawaii Pacific University, I decided to wear hijab to school, just
The hijab used as a symbol of the Muslim culture is just one characteristic of how it can be perceived; the hijab is also a sign of life, safety and personal identity (Tabassum, 2006, p. 37). Tabassum (2006) interviews an individual by the name of Raheelah who identifies the hijab as not just a piece of clothing that covers a Muslim women’s face, but also as a portrayal of themselves as a person (p. 37).