Sunday, 27 July 2008

Famous Faces: Asmaa Abdol-Hamid

Asmaa Abdol-Hamid is a Danish Muslim of Palestinian origin. In 2006 she became the first TV presenter to wear hijab in Denmark. Her decision caused a lot of debate, with some people praising her for strengthening gender equality, and others saying her attire was an 'insult' to women. Read more here. But Asmaa is also involved in politics. In 2007, she decided to run for the Danish parliament, and is listed as seventh on the Red-Green Alliance’s parliamentary candidate list. However, many of those opposed to her in Denmark are claiming that she is using her role as a 'tool of Islamism', as discussed in this article.

This is what she says about the hijab:

"Wearing a headscarf does not mean that I’m oppressed or deprived. The values on which I live my life are Islamic and not Arab. It is important to make a distinction between religion and culture. In many respects, the Arab way of thinking discriminates against women; even though I am an Arab, I don’t make my choices on a cultural basis, but in the light of my religion."

You can read more of Asmaa's story here.


Basbousa said...

Masha'a Allah! She is such a good rolemodel for young muslimahs in the West

nursheikha said...

there should be many of us like her

Leila said...

WOW! So great article, thanks for sharing. I just love ur blog, me&my daughters are enjoying looking at all what u post! Mashaallah, keep up the great work!

Salaams from Bosnia :)

sayma said...

Why do the west always have to comment on the way we dress i.e. to the extent we cover up as muslim female. It really irritates me, and that they all think were opressed!! Some of us are proud to wear the hijab, and wear it out of our own choice. If Asma wants to represent herself modestly, then that is her choice. The west are afraid that she may use her role as a 'tool of islam'!

Yafiah said...

Sister, I just came here from the link you left with your comment on my blog. I love your blog, it looks so good and is very interesting. This is what we need. I am going to put you on my blogroll as I'm sure all my readers will love it here.

Anonymous said...

salaam.. to be honest some girls are forced to wear hijab and that is what the west picks up on. However women like Asmaa are helping to change this image.

indiangp said...

assalam alaikum,
Whether ur Danish, American, or Indian, if u r a muslim, then in the eyes of the majority u can only be a muslim even if u dedicate ur life in serving ur country. Add to this if ur a educated hijabi, then ur just a oppressed woman. very sad..... Asmaa is really an inspiration to us all.

Anonymous said...

Mashallah I'm glad to see more girls like our sister going into the political arena. As a proud hijbi I will continue also to fight to show the stereotype of an oppressed woman to be untrue ^_^

Celeritas said...

Congratulations for getting mentioned on the Guardian, I am sooo jealous may Allah swt forgive me


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