Saturday, 22 March 2008

Forgotten Hijab Ban

A very important post has been made over at Muslim Matters regarding the 'Forgotten Hijab Ban' in France. Here is an excerpt:

I had the opportunity to meet some French sisters who are now here with me in Cairo, and we got to talking about the issue of Islam in Europe.

It was actually really sad, hard to hold the tears as one sister (from Holland, convert to Islam) told her own story of how she would remove her scarf everyday when she entered work, so she would be left to wear only an allowed small headband just covering the front of her hair, until one day she broke down crying, and kept it on. A few days later, her boss asked her to sign some papers. She asked why, and he said “You’re fired.” She replied, “Allahu Akbar” and signed the papers. “Some scholars said it’s ok, I can take it off if it’s a necessity, but I just couldn’t take it off another time! I just couldn’t!” she said.

It's true that when politicians in France were deciding to ban hijab, there was a huge outcry from the Muslim community, but now we hear nothing. Let us remember how lucky most of us are that we are allowed to wear the hijab freely, whereas many of our sisters are being denied the right to please Allah (swt).


Alixianna said...

Subhanallah, those of us who have the right, do. No country is truly free that has to enforce what people wear.

Umm Salihah said...

Thanks for raising this hayah. What a terrible position to be in. Makes you think, what is it in that piece of material that so frightens people and even governments subhanallah.

Anonymous said...

OMG.. wow, that is just terrible. I read Muslim Matters whole post and literally cried. I wish we could to something. *light bulbbbb* Actually we cannn. Of course we can. There are a lot of options and I'm gonna set my head to this issue!!

Anonymous said...

As an English women who has lived in France for 4 years now and a recent convert to islam :) I am all to familiar with this attitude of France and the French, to the point where I have actually thought about moving back to the UK so I could eventually wear the hijab! I know a few sisters here and have never seen them wearing hijab. Ive just come across this blogspot by chance and I think its great! We need more sites like this :)

Arwa said...

Mmm what can i say...this is very sad..i'm a muslim, i've converted just a few months ago, but i was thinking to do it for years ago...the only one thing what has stopped me to do it, has been the community where i live in and all its society..i live in a south eastern european country, where islam is not accepted as a religion, and the official religion is chrestianity (98% of the pop)...wearing hejab here is so "dangerous" i would say...because in fact there are maybe less than 1000 muslims here...others pretend to be so liberal and democratic that for them seeing a piece of scarf means a stright "offence"...i can't wear it at the university,no muslim woman can find any job..the only one "normal" solution is to be a muslim "in secret"..i am not a hejabi now, but i want wear hejab as soon as it will be possible...may allah guide all people, and help them to open their minds and see..that our society has many other problems to solve except bannig the hijab...
btw...great blog

Maryam Hajar said...

May Allah ta Ala make wearing the hijab easy for all Muslimahs everywhere. I live in the U.S. in a virtually non-Muslim area. I am 'tolerated' by the public here...get stares, one Christian woman grabbed me in a store and shook me..telling me I better 'watch out and not be one of those terrorists" (she was wearing a cross, therefore I assume she is Christian) etc. but who cares, after reading what Muslimahs have to go thru in other countries such as this? Alhamdulillah, my employer politely tries to ignore it and is tolerant--but I realize I must work twice as hard to make up for that tolerance. The biggest challenge since converting about 19months ago is that some of my closeest friends and some family members who continue to freak out over my hijab and what they think it represents. I have had endless emails and conversations trying to explain, but there is something that is so powerful about hijab-- it has become a political lightening rod for intolerance. Even my best frient of 33 years has ended our friendship over what she perceives as the oppression of women that the hijab represents..and cannot abide seeing me in it. So sad. Anyway, thank you for posting this. I would love to become part of a movement to support and help the Sisters in Europe or anywhere they are oppressed due to prohibition of hijab.
Salams to all of you dear Sisters,
Maryam Hajar


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