Rayyan from Little Mosque On The Prairie
What I am about to write here has nothing to do with any issues whatsoever. It’s simply because I am between exams. So, this topic is a mere expression of my own perception on the piece of cloth on muslim women’s head; which is headscarf @ tudung @ hijab. Some people perceive the headscarf as discriminating women, some perceive it makes women beautiful, some say it protects women from harm.
Covering the head of Muslim women is wajib @ obligatory, and I wouldn’t dwell much on the debate. Let people like Raja Petra or Astora Jabat keep debating the wajibness of covering the head, it’s still wajib. Here goes:
- Wearing hijab is a choice – Yes wearing the hijab is obligatory, but women should have the liberty of choosing to wear or not to wear. Countries which do not give that option to women are discriminating against them, whether they coerce women to don hijab like Saudi Arabia, or banning women from wearing it like France, Singapore, Turkey, Tunisia and recently, Australia’s lobbyist also is about to call for hijab ban. Hijab is not discriminatory, but forcing one to wear, or banning one from it, is undoubtedly discriminatory.
- Muslim women should be encouraged to wear hijab – Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi relates an indicative story. He said that once he was delivering a speech before thousands of female students in Constantinah, Algeria. The majority of the attendants were without hijab. A female student asked him: What do you think of female students who attend Islamic lectures without wearing the hijab? The answer was expected to be harsh. However, Sheikh Yusuf replied that we should not only welcome her but also encourage her to attend. Any woman’s motive to attend such lectures is a clear sign of inward faith that needs to be stimulated in order to come to the surface. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi concludes that we should not reject the Muslim woman who offers prayer, fasts, and is keen to do her religious duties because she has a weak point and does not wear the hijab. Rather we invoke Allah to strengthen her will and help her commit fully to her Islam.
- Muslim women who wear hijab should NOT be discouraged from wearing it – often heard “pakai tudung tapi perangai gedik, baik tak payah pakai tudung” (she dons hijab but behaves like a bitch, might as well take off the hijab). This statement shows that hijab is not an indicator whether one is a good Muslim or not, but somehow the way it is often said is misleading. Muslim women should always be encouraged to wear hijab. If she behaves improperly, then the problem is from the inside, not the hijab.
- Celebrities wearing hijab – are often different from normal people. Living in popular industry is often controversial, you can see they don hijab nicely on drama, but outside drama, you’d see them take off hijab and behaving differently. At least in Indonesia, they’re quite good at producing Islamic dramas, and the Islamic message is sent across. Malaysia’s draggy love dramas still suck 🙂
Sinetron Soleha – actress Marshanda