Self respect. If you don’t have it, the world will walk all over you.

Recently, Dolce & Gabbana – a luxury Italian brand released their new range of hijab wearing models looking beautiful – even a non Muslim would agree.
In terms of fashion, anything goes. There are no limits. Women do and can wear whatever they want – including hijab. They are modern and up to date, following fashion trends that go in and out every season.
But when a Muslim women wears hijab for religious reasons and not to make a fashion statement she is automatically oppressed, strange and so old-fashioned.
Does anyone else notice the double standard?

Similarly, boys in their youth adopt for haircuts just like the footballers have (regrdless how ridiculous they look)… not fanatical.

Girls change their hair, makeup and go through so much effort to look like the celebrities they love… not fanatical.

A young person tries to follow the way of life of the Prophet Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam . They wear hijab (women) or grow a beard (men) & all of a sudden, he/she is fanatical.

Given my privilege as a woman, I only degrade myself by trying to be something I’m not – and in all honesty – don’t want to be: a man.
As women, we will never reach true liberation until we stop trying to mimic men, and value the beauty in our own God-given distinctiveness. If given a choice between stoic justice and compassion, I choose compassion. And if given a choice between worldly leadership and heaven at my feet – I choose heaven.
— Yasmin Mogahed

It’s important to know that Niqab/hijab is banned in schools in most of the European countries, such as France, Belgium, Switzerland etc. Millions of girls have to take their hijab off everyday in order to have access to education. Which ironically goes against Human Rights.

This senseless law has been on going since 2004 and pretends that all the students have to be “equal” and it is prohibited to show that you belong to any religion, any religious sign must be set aside. However, most of those who have had to take their hijab off in schools can clearly see a Christmas tree or a christian cross. “Yeah but it’s not the same”, they say.

If a woman gets dressed and chooses to wear revealing outfits that she enjoys wearing who are we to stop her? That is her prerogative. But if that same woman decided cover her body and wear hijab she would be banned. Her freedom to choose what to wear is taken away from her. It’s not how she feels that matters, it’s not liberation – it’s the country’s view on women. #DoubleStandard #Mysogynistic

I pray for days when a woman doesn’t have to choose between religion and education. When the world finally believes in Equality and women don’t have to fit in to be liked.

My advice is just be you. The world will never be pleased with you. If you try to please others you will most definitely fail as we are all different with different views on what is ‘right’. Instead, take the pressure off your shoulders and follow Islam.
Read.
Keep reading & learning about women’s rights, men’s rights, children’s rights. There is nothing not covered in the Qur’an and if you are pleasing Allah you will never go wrong.

 

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