Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hypocrisy of the Hijab jihad

We find the unabashed self-delusory hypocrisy involved in the Hijab jihad really amazing. It’s a common sight, for instance on University Campuses in the South West, seeing ladies in hijab asking for rides by the roadside – even from unknown male motorists with no one else with them in the car. Does not the same religion put equal weight on wearing hijab as never being alone with a non-family member of the opposite sex? And as for the school situation, would we not have to resort to segregating the classroom into males and females, not only for pupils but teachers as well? Remember Christianah Oluwaseesin was killed by her students in March 2007 in Gombe state for lacking proper Islam-mandated classroom etiquette. She “foolishly” seized (thereby touching!) a bag containing the Quoran from a pupil while invigilating an IRS exam! Read that horrible story again in Vol 10 No 2 ). If Muslims in the South West are reviving the call for the hijab in public schools, (which they unsuccessfully tried at University Medical schools etc in the past), they should be prepared to go the whole hog. Such Hijab-clad faithfuls should not be found alone in the company of non-family males – except of course they are prepared for the conditions for exemptions. Yes, there are conditions for exemptions. Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University's Department of Hadith in Egypt, issued a fatwa, saying that female workers should "breastfeed" their male co-workers in order to work in each other's company. According to the BBC: He said that if a woman fed a male colleague "directly from her breast" at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work. "Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting, and does not ban marriage," he ruled. "A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed." (www.meforum.org/3211/islamic-adult-breastfeeding-fatwas). In a later version (year 2010), high-ranking Saudi, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin al-Abaican issued another fatwa relaxing the requirement: the male co-worker does not necessarily have to suck directly from the breast, but can drink the milk served in a cup. (http://www.raymondibrahim.com/7570/fatwa-men-drink-breast-milk). As late as April 2012, the appropriateness of men drinking women’s breastmilk to confer on them the license to see their supposedly seductive hairs is still being affirmed in the Islamic world. (http://www.meforum.org/3211/islamic-adult-breastfeeding-fatwas)

1 comment:

Tarikh said...

I'm a Quranist and as such we believe that hijab is not part of Islam.
I totally agree with your stand on hijab hypocrisy. In fact women wearing hijab are one of the most fierce opponents of Quranists even though the Quran itself does NOT say to wear hijab.