Black is white, up is down and Muslims are the true feminists

As American women, many of us have an idea of what feminists are;…it is all about sex and the liberation of our bodies.

I strongly disagree with this lightweight definition. Feminism is not about sex and the so-called liberation of our bodies. Feminism has always been about equal rights. The need for feminism was because women did not have the vote and were not treated equally to men in the workforce and elsewhere. Women didn’t chain themselves to fences for the right to be promiscuous or to have an abortion. They chained themselves to fences and protested for the right to vote which was a core issue of equality.

Certainly, things like abortion and contraception is a part of that freedom, but in today’s society the fight has taken on a much different tone.

Hip Feminist campaigns like Free the Nipple only encourage a gullible behavior of disrespect for our own bodies, leading to everyone else around us disrespecting our bodies as well. If we want to be respected as women and taken seriously in all our endeavors we should look to a new source; Muslim women. Muslim women, as well as Muslim men, see every body as a sacred temple, especially the female body. Opposed to exposing themselves, it is through modesty. When we think of modern feminists we should stray away from the new American trends and start looking to what we have always thought as a contradiction; Muslim feminists.

Contrary to American popular belief, Islam has a culture and history of women empowerment. In the Qur’an, which is believed to be God’s word told to Prophet Muhammad, women and men are described as equals in everyday actions and responsibilities. When it comes to family, charity, children, sex, and much more, a man and a woman have the same duties and that is to continue on the straight path.

How did the writer type that with a straight face? This is the same Prophet Muhammad who married a six-year-old girl because he fancied her ( he already had plenty of adult wives to satisfy his desires) and who said men had the right to take sex slaves and that neither sex slaves or wives had the right to say no to sex when their master demanded it.

Early Islamic women kept this idea alive. The first Muslim woman was Khadija, Mohammed’s first wife. Without her influence, Islam might not have emerged as successfully as it did. Khadija was a business woman and a land owner in the lands of Arabia… Khadija, a woman, was the strength that allowed Islam to fully bloom. Just this one example gives us a view on how true Muslim women are; outspoken, driven, certain and courageous, the epitome of a feminist.

Khadija was the much older wealthy widow employer that fell for the oldest trick in the book, a much younger man who won her confidence and convinced her that it would be a good business decision to marry her employee. Muhammad used her money to fund his schemes. He was no fool and clearly not a man in love as he conveniently had revelations from Allah allowing him to have many more wives than was allowed for an ordinary Muslim man. Muhammad’s sexual appetites were legendary. There are hadiths describing how his child bride had to regularly scrub semen stains off his robes!

So it’s no surprise to see Muslim woman today modeling themselves after these prominent female figures. Muslim girls look towards these instances of strength for guidance in this scary, patriarchal society. These modern women are not afraid to go against the grain in the name of their belief like wearing the hijab to covey their religious devotion. Hijab is the headscarf that is worn by Muslim woman and no; it is not supposed to be forced on them by their fathers and husbands. Wearing or not wearing the Hijab reflects a Muslim woman’s own a personal choice.

For me, this idea especially showcases feminism in America. With all of the pressures in our American society to have a certain physical allure; to have long, luscious hair, a skinny yet curvy body, flawless facial beauty, woman go through hell. With this, we succumb to the pressures that we generally think we are free of; we oppress our natural womanhood with constant worry about how we look to others around us. We do not have the courage to stand up to this societal critique and say ‘my body is not to be ogled at’.

What a load of twaddle. Muslim women who wear Hijab may be covering their hair but they still do all they can to appear attractive, using makeup, colourful scarves and fashionable but modest clothes as well as perfume to draw attention to them as women.

…Isn’t this what feminism should be? Don’t women deserve consistent respect and to actually be listened to without drools or criticisms over our bodies and looks? I believe the answer is yes. In the Muslim-American community, and even in parts of the greater Muslim world, modest woman, whether they wear hijab or not, are respected and called upon, despite what our mainstream media feeds to us.

… The lecturer was a Muslim woman in hijab; she spoke so passionately that every person in the room, guy and girl, had no choice but to immerse themselves in her words. After a quick hour and a half, I could not help but think about all our Free the Nipple group representing a trendy feminism and how some trends need to die. I realized we have been conditioned to think that American women are the free and that Muslim women are the suppressed, but this is twisted to me. I finally understood who is really oppressed by a patriarchal society and it is us. Woman who wear hijab have freed themselves from a man’s and a society’s judgmental gaze; the Free the Nipplers have not. They have fallen deep into the man’s world, believing that this trend will garner respect.

So I urge my Free the Nipple gal pals to take a look at your Muslim sisters and collaborate with them to create a feminism that treats the female body as a temple and not as a toy. Let us see feminism in a different light—through modesty and the courage to savor our sugar. Let us call on the Muslim feminists of the world.



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