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Misconceptions and Stereotypes Of Hijab

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Hasna A.

on 30 January 2014

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Misconceptions and Stereotypes Of Hijab
Why We Wear Hijab?
The hijab is often displayed in the media as an object of oppression towards Muslim women; this stereotype is the base foundation for many misconceptions within the media and society. Misconceptions such as Muslim women being limited or backwards. But these statements are false; Hijab does not hinder women from attaining what they want. At times media portrays the hijab as something that suppresses the Muslim women but the hijab through the understanding of Islam is a commandment by God. Muslim women believe that the hijab protects their chastity and leads them to achieve respect through their character rather than their appearance. Because of the lack of knowledge known by many people it leads to these false misconceptions of the hijab.
Understanding the Hijab
Many people do not know of the hijab’s origin or how it plays a key role in a Islamic society. This is one of the major key components in which why we have established such stereotypes is that we don’t know anything about the hijab. The hijab in Islam was established fourteen hundred years ago when the revelation of the Qur’an was received . One of the main reasons a Muslim woman wears hijab is that it guards her modesty and protects them from having people judge them for their appearance. Rather the hijab causes people to judge the women based on their character and who they truly are as a person. This is what Islam teaches the Muslim women to really focus on her character as a being and how they should interact with others not based on appearance but through their moral value and character.
Hijab Is Not Oppression

The hijab does not oppress nor limit the Muslim women in any way. In today’s society we see Muslim women with hijab contributing to society in many ways. Muslim women work as engineers, doctors, business owners all while wearing the hijab. I myself in no way or shape of form feel restricted and I am confident to strive what it is that I’m looking for as an individual like so many other Muslim women. Another key aspect is that media portrays Muslim women being forced to wear hijab. But this is not allowed in Islam, one must have the intention of doing something for the sake of God only. It wouldn’t be right to force someone to wear hijab because in Islam if you're a sane person you have to make the intention within yourself and decide, nobody is allowed to decide for you otherwise you'd be doing it for them and not God.
Research Shows How Much Social Media Displays A Women's Body
In the modern society we see that women are often displayed as objects of beauty. There are magazines that have unrealistic edited photos preying on the insecurities of young girls. Each one showing how one should look like in order to be recognized and be seen as beautiful. Research was done to find that the women is used more as a display than men have ever been. One study done at the University of California, found that media photographs emphasize the faces of men but the bodies of women. In the average picture of women, less than half the photo (45%) was devoted to the woman’s face. In the pictures of men, nearly two-thirds (65%) of the photograph featured the man’s face.

With the hijab Muslim women can have the time to explore their mind instead of pondering on how she can please societal portrays. Not only Muslim women but all women should accept themselves for who they are and not try to be what society wants them to be. In Islam the Muslim woman's true beauty is their beauty of their character. At a young age the thoughts and ideas instilled in a Muslim girl is accepting how they were created and being true to themselves. So the mentality of the average Muslim girl is how can I achieve the highest level of faith or how can I please my Lord. Through this girls explore key aspects of Islam and build their intellect, knowing that they don’t have to please creation. I truly built my confidence when I understood that you can never always please people and it isn’t worth changing yourself to please another person. I realized I wanted to be true to myself and not have to be somebody else. Because of this I acquired a thirst for knowledge, the very thought of expanding my mind excites me. Hijab is my right and in no way do I feel oppressed or limited in achieving what I want.

Stereotypes of hijab is indeed prevalent today in modern societies. What some women experience are unbelievable or sometimes common. The main source of all stereotypes today in our world is media. It plays a big role in the essence of giving a certain thing or people an identity based on either factual or fictional depictions. Often these media portrayals have a negative impact on people’s lives, I am also aware that we as humans have a natural disposition of being judgemental towards a thing or each other. Sometimes we learn how to step out of that disposition and try to understand what it is that we don’t really know about someone or something. There will always be stereotypes no matter how hard we try, but we can however educate people about hijab to at least reduce some negative stereotypes. Educating would not completely diminish all stereotypes or prejudices, but it will certainly let people aware of what hijab really is.
In the modern society we see that women are often displayed as objects of beauty. There are magazines that have unrealistic edited photos preying on the insecurities of young girls. Each one showing how one should look like in order to be recognized and be seen as beautiful. Research was done to find that the women is used more as a display than men have ever been. One study done at the University of California, found that media photographs emphasize the faces of men but the bodies of women. In the average picture of women, less than half the photo (45%) was devoted to the woman’s face. In the pictures of men, nearly two-thirds (65%) of the photograph featured the man’s face.
Educating People About Hijab
Stereotypes of hijab is indeed prevalent today in modern societies. What some women experience are unbelievable or sometimes common. The main source of all stereotypes today in our world is media. It plays a big role in the essence of giving a certain thing or people an identity based on either factual or fictional depictions. Often these media portrayals have a negative impact on people’s lives, I am also aware that we as humans have a natural disposition of being judgemental towards a thing or each other. Sometimes we learn how to step out of that disposition and try to understand what it is that we don’t really know about someone or something. There will always be stereotypes no matter how hard we try, but we can however educate people about hijab to at least reduce some negative stereotypes. Educating would not completely diminish all stereotypes or prejudices, but it will certainly let people aware of what hijab really is.
By: Hasna
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