Maidah Cheema Ahmad
Hijab does not hinder integration. But so does the negative attitude.
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Tuesday, February 1st marked hijab days. This is the day that marks the headdress of Muslim women – hijab.
Women’s use of the hijab is a topic on which many have differing opinions.
One side consists of people who view the hijab as a choice. Others believe that it oppresses women and is forced.
Freedom to choose for yourself
The use of cover has existed in various forms for a long time. Hijab was introduced in the Qur’an as a call to Muslim girls and women. What does Islam say about women and this headdress?
Women have long fought for freedom and rights. In today’s society we see that many people associate the hijab with oppression. Several so-called “freedom fighters” want to preserve women’s freedom by banning the headdress. But this is against the freedom of women and the right to dress as they wish. Will not it be a form of deprivation of liberty?
“Headgear” does not discriminate. I feel that the hijab is often criticized for being oppressive and restrictive. But for many, the hijab, on the contrary, acts as a shield that protects against unwanted attention and sexualization.
There are many women who wear a hijab with pride. By sharing posts with #hijabmittvalg on social media on February 1, women show that wearing hijab is not forced. Neither by God nor by men.
The protection that comes with the hijab gives women the freedom to be themselves and show their inner beauty. What hinders integration into society is not the hijab, but the negative attitude towards the headdress. And that oppression is linked to this headdress.
Muslim women and girls are encouraged to educate themselves and contribute to the society of which they are a part. Just like women and men of other religions. An example of this is Marian Hussein (SV), who is the first parliamentary representative with a hijab.
On February 1, many women share their love for the hijab and the teachings of Islam. It is a sign that Muslim women are free and proud to be “hijabs”.
Like others, they work hard for their future and do their best to benefit the community in which they live.
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