Being a muslim woman in the 21th century
We know that Islam is stigmatized by many people today, ignorance and fake news pushes them toward hatred. In some countries the way muslim women dress is a problem which turned out to be a political issue. In some countries the women wearing a hijab i.e veil, are refused entrance in some public place or schools. Even though the veil isn’t a law in Islam, it’s a choice, most women refuse to take it off. How could they take it off if the nuns still wear them? Let’s not forget that the veil was worn by Jews and the by Christians before being introduced in the muslim world.
To cut to the chase, what muslims are going through nowadays is what Catholics went through in the past century in the united states. They were persecuted , they were denied entrance in some places, they were beaten, they were pushed away from certain states which didn’t want them…. As protestants before them endured in Germany and France by the hands of Catholics, rivers of blood from both parties ended in the river La Seine, in Paris.
Some wild muslims believe that with violence they can obtain respect and peace, while some ferocious Christians believe that they can exterminate muslims from the face of the earth. Both are wrong. Hatred doesn’t get anywhere. But knowledge and good example does.
Speaking of which, as said in a previous post, the Quran isn’t a cosmopolitan magazine. It doesn’t teach us what to wear or how to fix our hairs. It is a book of knowledge and wisdom. The first word of the first sentence of the first chapter sent from God is “Read“. Yes, the word “Read“. To read is far more important than to drink or to sleep or to talk. To read means to get knowledge. Whatever the source is. To read is to know what other people learn, say, teach, work, how the sun has been created, how birds can fly, how Donald Trump became president, how dogs can smell your presence before you knock at the door, etc…. It is a valuable order that God asked us to do. Yet, in many muslim Asian and African countries women can’t read yet. What a shame! It’s not the religion’s fault, it’s the traditions. Women who are forced to marry someone who she’s never met; traditions. A woman who has to cover her whole face to go out; traditions. A woman who walks behind her husband; traditions….
I never wore a hijab, or dressed in an orthodox way. But I’m not a lesser believer.I’m a muslim woman and I know my rights as a Muslim, as a human being. As someone who has read the Old and New Testament, and I can assure you that the Quran has far more respect for women than the Bible does. Of course it’s not the Bible’s fault, as the Old testament and the Gospel came from God as much as the Quran has.
Let me give you this short tiny example, we all know the story of Joseph and his brothers don’t we?
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
When joseph said to his father: “Oh father! Verily I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and a sun and a moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me”
He (his father) said “O my son! relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they should arrange a plot against you. Verily Satan is to man an open enemy!”
“Thus will your Lord chose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams, and perfect His favor on you and on the offspring of Jacob, as He perfected it on your fathers Abraham and Isaac afortime! Verily your Lord is All Knowing, All Wise!”
Muslims believe that the Bible came from God but we believe as well that the human hand has its share in it too.
For those of you who think that the Quran is a weird book that has no interest in women and that should be avoided, I would like to say: Read it.
It is the only way for you to judge and to get an opinion worthy of listening.