Be the art that no one understands.

We live in a world that detests extremism. We live in a world where women wearing hijab are denied the right to education; whereas women wearing literally nothing, naked, are hero’s and being praised as such.

The celebrity obsessed world collapsed recently, when household name Kim Kardashian exposed herself naked on social media with #Liberated.

Are women really liberated to walk around naked? Should we all follow Kim and tweet our naked bodies online? Would you be proud of your daughter, sister, wife if she liberated herself in this way? The whole idea of the world viewing that as ‪#‎Liberation‬ makes me feel sick. If it’s nudity that you call empowerment then you really need to redefine the word ‘empowerment’.

Kim further explained, “I don’t do drugs, I barely drink, I’ve never committed a crime – and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body? … I hope I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world. I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.

From my perspective it’s healthy to love your body, to love yourself, to love for others what you love for yourself, but everything has its limits. I find it ironic that some women use their nudity to show the world that they are self-confident, comfortable in their own skin.What the hell are you thinking? Use your brain instead. You’re not conveying a message of empowerment but you are literally saying that beauty lies in your physical appearances thus inciting girls to work more on their looks rather than their personality. That is where insecurity comes from. Focusing on looks only would not empower women but belittle them, turn them into objects. Your beauty lies within. People will remember your words, your actions not how you look like. Kim Kardashian cannot be taken as a role model for women’s empowerment. You couldn’t change the world by being sexy. If you really want to empower women, stand for those are denied their rights, stand for justice.

If being sexy is being liberated I’d rather be “oppressed.”

Muslim women out there can barely put a hijab on without being harassed – yet naked bodies everywhere is normal?! That’s actually something that I find very shocking.

“I cannot be a part of a world where men dress their wives as prostitutes by showing everything that should be cherished. Where there is no concept of honour or dignity.”
— Hollywood Actor, Keenu Reeves.

Your body is yours, it’s your business. Your private life isn’t meant for public consumption. Keep some things sacred and close to your heart. Not everything in your life needs to be advertised to or validated by others.

“Privacy seems to be the only true luxury left today”
Hedi Slimane

As a Muslim woman; we are made to feel unwanted in society, un-employable and less feminine for covering ourselves for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla. Even though it is a sign of respect for other women too – we are not displaying ourselves provocatively for other men who might be married – this is equality. This is ‪#‎Goals‬.

Here are some of the rights of a Muslim woman given over 1400 years ago:

– The Muslim women receives (not gives) the bridal gift/dowry. The dowry is the women’s right and cannot be taken from her
– Muslim women can own property and retain all ownership once married
Muslim women keep their last name after marriage
– Any earnings the Muslim woman acquires during her life (investments, work, property) does not have to be used to support the household
The financial maintenance of a household is the man’s responsibility in Islam. Even if the Muslim women is richer than the man, she does not have to contribute. Therefore, his money is her money and her money is her money
– A divorced Muslim woman has right to child support
– Muslim women have the right to divorce
– Muslim women have the right of satisfaction from their husband
– Education is the right of a Muslim woman. Muslim women are encouraged to become whatever profession they desire in Islam (physicians, teachers, engineers, writers, artists, etc.) A true Islamic society will have women in all career fields
Muslim women are entitled to equal pay
– The choice of who she may marry is solely her choice. A forced marriage is not valid under Islamic law
– Muslim mothers have 3 times the rights over their children than their father does
– Muslim women had always had a spot in law making and politics when Islam first came – culture corrupted that
– Muslim women carried arms and fought in battles

Islam predates Europe in giving rights to women by around 1300 years. Islam came during a time of severe oppression to women and worked diligently to raise the status of women.

“Think about it… Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam married his boss. Muhammad worked for his wife. Don’t give me the ‘Islam doesn’t respect women’ nonsense.”
Dr. Craig Considine

We need to evaluate as women – who we accept as role model’s and why? Who you accept as a role model, is who you aspire to be like. Make sure that person is worthy of your aspiration…

 

 

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