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    Colonization of the Muslim woman

    The following is the May 4, 2001, e-mail bulletin from Islamicity ( http://www.islamicity.com ):

    The Colonization of the Muslim Woman

    The issue of gender roles in Islam has been on the forefront of every attack on the religion. Human rights activist in the East and the West are especially preoccupied with the dress code that Islam dictates and has become the pinnacle of anti-Islamic propaganda that unites and dictates world view.

    The level of hostility that exists against Muslim women who choose to don the Islamic garb is amazing. It seems that these Muslim women are being held responsible for all the evil perpetrated against them by every corrupt and morally bankrupt government of the Muslim world. Seemingly these critics believe that if Muslim women abandon this modest form of dress, it will save millions from poverty, domestic abuse and social tyranny.

    It is true that the situation of women all over the Muslim world is far from the standards demanded by Islam, but to dismiss it merely as a consequence of male dominance is an over simplification.

    In her book The Status of Muslim Women, Leema Faruqi traces the decline in the status of Muslim women to the latter part of the 19th century, which interestingly coincides with the colonization of the Muslim world and the beginning of the end of the Ottoman Empire and the Khilafat.

    The stratagems of subjugation used by the European colonial lords in the rest of the world were not successful in the Muslim world since the Bible and alcohol were both shunned by the Muslim masses. The belief in one God was a formidable force that the colonizers could not penetrate. The strategy thus adopted to colonize the Muslims was to attack their educational and social institutions. The Mosque madrasahs (schools) were abolished in favor of European-style schools and the Arabic language was replaced by English, Italian, and French.

    It was long term planning to produce generations of Islamically illiterate and intellectually enslaved Muslims. The effects of intellectual subjugation was most acutely felt when the Muslim political leaders - the graduates of said institutions started to reject Shariah as the law of the land in favor of secular values - values that just sixty years ago did not recognize women as persons under the law.

    The rise of Islamic social activism by Muslim women living in the West who observe the Islamic garb is the wave of the future. These are highly educated women who have understood and accepted Islam as a way of life. To label them as mindless creatures who are subjugated by their men and in need of rescue is a typical response of a colonial mentality among some Muslims and an ethnocentric arrogance on part of Western society.

    The Islamic world will only recognize its true potential as a leader among nations, when the Muslim women reclaim their rightful place in their respective societies as the champions of what is good and just, and to forbid what is unjust.

    The aim of any civilized society is to establish harmony, equity and fair access to services. For this to be achieved exploitation, persecution and oppression must be eradicated whether it is based on race, ethnicity or gender. The Islamic faith and way of life is the only comprehensive system that offers such a just society and history attests to this fact that when Islam flourished, humanity prospered.

    This bulletin is adapted from an article written by Shahina Siddiqui for iViews.com. who works with Islamic Social Services Assoc., and is a free-lance writer from Winnipeg, Canada.

    [This message has been edited by Nadia_H (edited May 05, 2001).]

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    The level of hostility that exists against Muslim women who choose to don the Islamic garb is amazing. It seems that these Muslim women are being held responsible for all the evil perpetrated against them by every corrupt and morally bankrupt government of the Muslim world.

    This reminds me of an article i read some time ago, written about two danish women who had decided to wear hijab for a day, in their native country, as an experiment, and their subsequent experiences.

    If i remember correctly, the title of the article was, 'Day of Hell for Danes Dressed as Muslim Women'. That says alot, don't you think?



    [This message has been edited by Girl from Quraysh (edited May 05, 2001).]

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      Originally posted by Girl from Quraysh:

      This reminds me of an article i read some time ago, written about two danish women who had decided to wear hijab for a day, in their native country, as an experiment, and their subsequent experiences. If i remember correctly, the title of the article was, 'Day of Hell for Danes Dressed as Muslim Women'. That says alot, don't you think?
      Girl from Quraysh - The article you refer to is a truly shocking one. When I read it, I was simply disgusted. That article reminded me of the experiences of a friend of mine who wears the hijab; one horrific incident which she related to me was when some girl actually attempted to pull off her hijab (at university). According to my friend, it is not solely students who react negatively to the sight of someone wearing a hijab - some of her professors have discriminated against her as well.

      Interestingly, whenever I criticise aspects of a Western country (usually dealing with politics) infront of some of my Caucasian friends, the most common criticism I receive back is that at least I should be grateful for living in a Western country, since I live in a society that 'respects' the fundamental rights of every individual - regardless of race, gender, religion, etc. Based upon articles such as the one you bring up, NUMEROUS other daily news articles, and personal anecdotal experiences I have heard and witnessed first-hand, I will always maintain total disbelief in the face of any argument that Western countries can honestly pride themselves on their human rights records.

      For anyone who may be interested, the excellent article that Girl from Quraysh refers to may be read at: http://www.islam-online.net/iol-engl...0/topnews3.asp

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        i dont know what to say sisters, we have to look at the root of the probem of why there is so much negativity towards hijab. it must be taught. a good cassette to get is UN conspiracy towards women, which is produced by hizb-al-tahrir. i bought it from an islamic fair and it opened my eyes to a lot of stuff.
        sisters keep the strength and dont forget your reward is with Allah (SWT)

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