Hi there, I am overwhelmed by your positive response to my recent book review, thank you so much for that. As you can see, I am inspired by another topic, and guess what? It’s a motivational topic. Lately, I realized I have stopped posting motivational stuff on my blog, for those of you who asked it’s HERE!
End hijabophobia break the stereotype is a motivational talk by the crazy admin of this site. To understand this critical phenomenon you need to understand why do I need to clarify this, what brought me here to talk about this? When in reality it shouldn’t be discussed in this world of professionals because it’s just a piece of cloth to cover our heads. no?
Alright, let’s not be sentimental but I am gonna try my best to write those answers for you today. So stay till the end of this blog post and kindly comment down your thoughts that would be much appreciated.
WHAT IS HIJAB?
Let me begin with the start, what is hijab?. Well, it’s a piece of cloth that a lot of women use for covering their heads whether they are Muslims or non-muslims. I don’t know why people still think that a Hijabi girl is Muslim like seriously? Is there even a stamp on my headscarf that says “Hello there! I am a Muslim girl”, NO! I can be Christian, Hindu, Jewish (No, don’t go there cause I am not). So tell me one thing, why do people just assume?
Hijab is considered as “The Most Recognizable Identifier of a Muslim Woman” which is good, honestly. What is the first thing you think of when you see a woman wearing a headscarf? Undoubtedly, the mental association between a woman wearing the headscarf and Islam is very strong. More than any other article of clothing, the hijab has become the most recognizable identifier of Muslim women.
Let’s just not talk about Muslim or non-Muslim. If a woman like a simple woman wears a hijab then why it’s bothering other people? She might be comfortable that’s why she’s wearing it. Why do people question it? why do they pass meaningless useless compliments such as; hey! it’s so hot today, aren’t you feel sweaty? don’t you have hair? I bet, she doesn’t have any hairs. Come on, dude! it’s a wedding party, do you still have to wear this headscarf, at least for today why don’t you just take it off? She looks super conservative, her parents/brothers should have forced her. STOP!!!
That’s Hijabophobia – a term referring to discrimination against women wearing Islamic veils, including the hijab, chador, niqāb, and burqa. It is considered a gender-specific type of Islamophobia, or simply “hostility towards the hijab”.
Like I said earlier, people are really good at assuming things. They are the stereotypes a Hijabi girl faces unfortunately in this advance and professional world. It’s the 21st Century and people don’t mind their own business.
ISLAMOPHOBIA VS HIJABOPHOBIA
Islamophobia is a political term, a misconception of religion, a stain used against people critical of Islam. The word literally means the fear of Muslims. Islamophobia sometimes used to describe hatred of the religion and its followers.
Just because some bad Muslims cause the 9/11 terror attack doesn’t mean every other Muslim is a terrorist. Those who caused that horrible attack, we do not even consider them as human beings. These groups helped spread this phobia by terrorizing people who may not be familiar with the reality of this beautiful religion. Islam is a complete, pure, and true religion. Yet a lot of people are unaware of its beauty.
According to research, Muslim women experienced islamophobic attacks more than Muslim men. In an Islamophobic view, all Muslims became associated with terrorists. How did Muslim women become associated with terror? Their covering(hijab) is a clear and instant sign of their Muslim identity. The Muslim woman became guilty by association. That’s not fair. How can you judge a person based on their appearance? This led many Americans to fear hijab-wearing females.
HIJABHOPHOBIA IN PAKISTAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES
In Pakistan, back in the ’90s, an essential step from the PTV media officials was taken “Female anchors would only be allowed on camera wearing Hijab” it was mandatory. It was considered highly respectable for females to wear hijab, sadly, that era is ended.
Recently, I’ve been to an event “World Hijab Day Pakistan” in the wake of spreading awareness against Hijabophobia, organized by some enthusiastic people in Karachi. It was a pleasure meeting other Hijabi girls and to know their experience. One of the Hijabi girls shared her experience of an interview as a news anchor. Following is the story of that girl that I’d narrated for my audience.
After seeing the girl in Hijab the interviewer directly asked her: “Would you take that thing off your head while on-camera?”. She replied: “No, I will not”. The interviewer said: “If you want to step into this media world you have to TAKE THAT HIJAB OFF, or else there’s no future”.
It was obvious that the girl was disappointed but Allah gave her strength to overcome and fight back. Unfortunately, this is The Islamic Republic of Pakistan nowadays. Everyone is so overly obsessed with western style ignoring their own cultural values and identity.
Talking about other countries, France has banned wearing hijab, veils, and burqas. Every female Muslim who wears her hijab is challenging this stereotype. It is a way of proving that despite the negative connotations associated with hijab and Muslim females, their role in their society and workplace has not changed. But rather, it has made their identity more visible and stronger.
In the latest US elections of 2018, for the first time, two female Muslims were elected seats in Congress: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first Muslim American women to wear the hijab in the 2016 Summer Olympics. These are a few of the many Muslim women that are challenging the misconceptions about the hijab and its supposed submissive wearers.
END HIJABOPHOBIA BREAK THE STEREOTYPE
Your clothing doesn’t define who you are. You wear a hijab because you feel comfortable in it. You are not being oppressed by anyone; it is your choice. During a poll survey on Instagram by the World Hijab Day Organization – 84% of the women said they are not oppressed by anyone, while 16% of the women said ‘Yes’. It is proof that the majority of women wear hijab as per their preference. It is none of our business to judge them.
Normalize wearing hijab and break the stereotype. I strongly believe our media is toxic, dangerous, and responsible for all of this chaos. “To wear a hijab or not?” this question doesn’t really make any sense and it shouldn’t be discussed at this level of maturity. Yet I felt this urge to raise my voice against Hijabophobia, why?
In the end, I would like to remind all the beautiful Hijabi girls out there. You are beautiful and you look gorgeous in your Hijab.