My hijab is both Islamic and unforced

Published: December 30, 2015

Canada’s #JeSuiHijabi campaign — where women voluntarily wear the hijab in solidarity with Muslim women — has been a huge success. PHOTO: Twitter (@jesuishijabi)

Richard Dawkins recently called upon Muslim women to shun their hijabs as a show of solidarity with the victims of Paris attacks. Dawkins is an anti-theist, wholly ignorant to Islam. Thus, his case against the hijab fits perfectly well in his anti-Islam narrative. However, when Muslim women — who take pride in their ‘feminist’ credentials — cite half-baked and fabricated definitions of ‘hijab’ and join the club to make a case against a guidance clearly rooted in the Holy Quran, they only succeed on placing Hijab wearing women in danger.

Not only do Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa undermine their own credibility, they are also propagating a false notion about a clear Quranic guideline. They demean and shame millions of Muslim women who adorn the hijab willingly, as a fulfilment of Quranic teachings. For women who observe hijab, it is not merely a piece of cloth, nor a symbol of defiance. Rather, it is a path that aids in self-purification and nearness to their Creator. It is a means to inculcate modesty. By choosing to wear hijab, I feel liberated and empowered in the literal sense.

The authors assert hijab as the sixth pillar of Islam – it isn’t. Anyone who has studied the basic tenets of Islam knows this. But digging into the Quranic teaching, the injunction about modesty starts by addressing men — not women. It says that men, to be pure, should restrain their looks and guard their private parts (24:30). Only after addressing men, subsequently, the Quran advises women in similar words, beckoning them to restrain their looks and guard their private parts. It also says that women should draw their head coverings over their bosoms, and only display their beauty to their husbands (24:31).

No doubt some men, and some women who observe the hijab, bully non-observant women to comply. There is no Islamic justification for these actions. Such coercion is the result of corrupt people — not the Holy Quran which instead declares that there should be no compulsion in religion (2:256).

The Holy Quran never mandates that anyone may forcefully thrust hijab upon women. Rather it is an outer garment that must be imbued with a spirit of modesty that should be inculcated within. The outwardly expression solidifies that core purpose. When Nomani and Arafa condemn backlash of some hijab enforcers, they must concurrently refrain from emulating the very same strategy they detest, while judging those who observe hijab. Otherwise, they further demonise and endanger women who choose to wear hijab by promoting anti-Muslim sentiment.

The solution to men who oppress women is in better leadership, not in blindly changing the Holy Quran. Regarding hijab, the head of the Ahmadiyya Community advised,

“Men should remember that they have not been given powers to police others and should restrain themselves. It is not for them to cover the heads of women from outside. Men are commanded to restrain their eyes; they should fulfil their own obligations. There is not even any commandment to forcibly cover the heads of Muslim women, let alone non-Muslim women. It is men like these who have hard-line ideas.”

The authors likewise make a lame case that these Quranic commandments for hijab were for a time when women were vulnerable to sexual harassment, implying that the modern world is devoid of that vice. Really? One can only lament at these false illusions. In reality women worldwide remain equally vulnerable to sexual harassment. In societies, where women have minimised clothing or head coverings, the statistics are equally staggering.

One out of every six American women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, and every nine seconds in America a woman suffers assault. These horrific facts are indicative of an undeniable reality that women of all ages and times have been vulnerable to abuse by men. This is one reason why the Holy Quran first addresses men to cast down their eyes and not gawk at women for any reason. That is, the greater burden of hijab is on men, not women. Sexual harassment is a pandemic that the world continues to face. It is certainly not one that ceased beyond sixth century Arabia.

Women who adorn the hijab prefer to be judged beyond their embellishments, just like all other women. Canada’s #JeSuiHijabi campaign — where women voluntarily wear the hijab in solidarity with Muslim women — has been a huge success and has galvanised this point with support from all walks of society. Hijab is not a symbol of sexual distraction; rather it is to the contrary. For millions of women, like me, who adorn the hijab voluntarily, we demand respect and fair treatment.

We prefer to be judged by what’s inside our heads rather than what adorns it.

This post originally appeared here.

Mansura Bashir Minhas

Mansura Bashir Minhas

The author is a community activist who resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. She tweets @mansuraminhas (twitter.com/mansuraminhas)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Time Is Up

    No harm in dressing decently and still be identifiable as required by the law of the land.
    Make sure you do not apply for jobs which may challenge your personal beliefs, to avoid any future “racist” lawsuits.
    And finally make sure to bring up children (including boys) to not to call non-Muslim girls and women, who do not follow what you believe as low-lifers and indecent, vulgar, jahil etc.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    An individual says throw off the hijab and the author lost no time in writing an entire blog to show how Muslims are being at the receiving end while not pondering over the fact that how many Muslims must have asked non Muslims to dump their faith and embrace Islam to avoid hell fire, going by this logic non Muslims should be writing a blog everyday.

    I can only imagine the community service the author must be doing, a little less defiance especially when not required is not going to harm the likes of author.
    Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Self imposed slavery !!!Recommend

  • Ahmed Akram

    Why is Ahmadiyaa leader quoted in an Islamic article?Recommend

  • Rohan

    Who is this random nobody to criticize Dawkins.Hijab is closely linked with oppression and jihadRecommend

  • Daniel Kim

    stop female genital mutilation, stoning of women, and other horrific human rights abuses in that part of the world. Let women drive and be free to have the sun in their hair and breathe fresh air. All people and all genders are equal under God. This insanity must stop, where cruelty is the norm as practiced by adherents. Love and kindness and peace is the answer.Recommend

  • Saad

    You appear to have missed the point either because you didn’t read the article in its entirety or outright prejudice.Recommend

  • mimi sur

    No dear …It is not unforced, it is surely a forced one. That is why you are here to justify it.Recommend

  • wb

    I fail to understand why do you even live in a non-Muslim country? Why don’t you move to Saudi Arabia or better yet, Syria/Iraq where strict rules of Islam are enforced? Who forced you into moving into USA and then defying their values? I understand that Hijab is not banned in USA. But hopefully, it will be banned in USA soon. Will you return back or will you continue to live in USA?

    Also, please answer me which is most supreme? The constitution of the country you live in or Quran/Sharia?Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    All comments below show utter lack of knowledge about anything really.
    A couple of anti-Islamic memes on internet and everyone becomes an expert on Islam while knowing nothing at all about it. Ignorance galore.Recommend

  • Ahsan

    Hahaha you my friend are ignorant that’s all I can say!Recommend

  • EC2

    Hijab won’t save you from sexual harassment.Recommend

  • Mohamed Boodhun

    Because today it is only the Ahmadiyyas who are propagating the true and benevolent face of Islam !!!Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    Madam,
    ,The religion of Islam does not stipulate any dress culture,
    but the traditions of the individul communities do, the conservates try
    to preserve the old traditions but the liberals readily reform when
    necessary through a process of devolution to avoid a backlash from the
    majority. Do not believe for a minute that the christian women did not live through the period of a veil and Hijab, and some still do. But this is all before the men started behaving in a civilised manner.

    The principle to follow is when in Rome one does what the Romans do,
    women who do not follow this, are likely to cause aggravation and
    hostility from some. Good luck any way.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Nana

    No doubt some men, and some women who observe the hijab, bully non-observant women to comply. There is no Islamic justification for these actions. Such coercion is the result of corrupt people — not the Holy Quran which instead declares that there should be no compulsion in religion (2:256).

    You’ve nailed it. Let it be an individual’s decision and not a forced one. Those who don’t observe hijab are as much Muslims as those who does.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    Their decision, who are you to judge them with your tainted views? Your behaviour amounts to being prejudice.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    I wonder why Indian Hindus always give negative comments? What kind of special tinted (tainted) glasses do they wear that they can never see anything positive in Muslims?Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Very very important point which no right minded reader noticed except you? Are you going to file blasphemy charges?Recommend

  • Striver

    LOVE IT. Simple, straight-forward and no beating-about-the-bush points in your article that stress the one thing those ignorant of Islam do not WANT to understand: “There is no compulsion in religion”. Its up to you when and how you want to, or not, wear the hijab.

    Those who think of themselves as liberal are in reality more radically fundamentalist than the so called “Islamic fundamentalists” they seem to despise. I have found the hijab-wearing women to be more liberal (meaning unprejudiced, enlightened and progressive) than the self-proclaimed self-important liberals we come across often.

    Keep it up and lets have more articles like these please.Recommend

  • Raj – USA

    Who hates and fears hijab? Muslims fear and hate hijabs as nuch as non-muslims.

    Read this news that ET had published:

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/748038/suicide-bombers-put-women-under-suspicion-in-nigerias-kano/
    Some paragraphs in this news read:
    “I no longer wear my hijab because people now see any young woman in hijab as a potential suicide bomber because of the recent incidents,” said 17-year old Hajara Musa.”

    “Wherever a young woman in hijab goes people keep their distance from her out of fear she could be a suicide bomber,” said Habibu, a student at Kano State Polytechnic,…….”

    “He recalled how a crowd which queued up at a cash machine melted away when a hijab-wearing woman joined the queue and asked if it was working.

    “As soon as she was told yes, she pulled out her mobile phone and called someone, telling him she had found a machine dispensing cash and before you knew it the whole crowd dispersed, leaving the woman alone,” Dawud said.”Recommend

  • HZR

    undeniable reality that women of all ages and times have been vulnerable to abuse by men….not just in USA as the article implies that is a country known to have statistics for everything but in it worse in Islamic countries and you do not get to hear about it.Does not mean it does not exist…Recommend

  • Hozur

    Wear hijab,standout in western countered where muslims love to immigrate and get discriminated.Whose fault is it?Recommend

  • GKA

    No Problem with your hijab. It is a great dress, and reflects well your modesty and your heritage
    But this statement of modesty and this heritage is not a western one – the west has its own statements of modesty. Your statement is alien to the west. And it adds to the multitude of other statements or totems or practices or beliefs followed by your comunity that are alien to the west
    Do please wear it. But also do understand that you choose to be different. And being part of a migrant community, within which some very visible and highly impactful people take these differences to a destructive extreme, you will get identified with those people. Especially since you choose to make a statement within the west . Maybe unfair, welcome to the WestRecommend

  • GKA

    In Dutch citizenship exams, there is actually a question (I kid you not) on short skirts and ask the respondent whether short skirts are immodest. Correct answer is that they are not immodest – it is simply not our business

    I guess all muslims who take the exam and think Hijab is modesty and short skirts are not, do not answer truthfully do they ? Is giving a false answer permitted under Islam?

    PS – there are also questions about boyfriends and LGBT community. The path to entry of muslims into Dutch nationality (15,000 last year) is so strewn with falsehoods.Recommend

  • Umm Sarah

    You took your precious time to read her blog,that goes to show how.much of a ‘random nobody’ she is.
    Also please explain how is hijab closely linked to oppression and jihad.Recommend

  • Ajay

    Muslims seem to be totally confused about religion. They just debate over outward expressions and symbols and rituals of religion. Religion should be the means to develop ones soul towards divinity and spirituality. I can think of Sufi muslims who are pious and religious in real sense but their numbers are shrinking. The Wahabi type islam kills the soul and confines one to symbols, rituals, religious interference in education, politics, governance, hard line approach towards people of other faith, sectarian one upmanship resulting in hatred and violence. Unfortunately muslim society uses or rather misuses religion for all the wrong reasons. Too much dogmatic approach kills the societies spirit of healthy debate, dissent and thus restricts forward movement. Basically this culture of social norms-politics-education based on religion just suits some autocratic rulers who impose a corrupt, dynastic rule on the people and some hardline clerics with medieval mindset who abuse religion by fanning fear in liberal and intellectual minds and taking advantage of dogmatic and fanatic mindset of majorities in the society. Most of the time we read in blogs that the Holy Quran says this etc but what is happening in reality is just the opposite. All the good words are just limited to blogs. The muslim society has failed to reform and purge the wrongdoers out of the system. Partly because the people in power gain from the system and partly because hardline, dogmatic approach has culled the spirit of reform.Recommend

  • Ahmed Akram

    Maybe I’m the only law abiding Pakistani who read it? Or maybe I didn’t like it when Pakistani law was broken on a Pakistani website? Or maybe I don’t want people to go from one form of Kufr to the other form of KufrRecommend

  • ارشد حسین

    True joke.Recommend

  • ارشد حسین

    May we can do that. Think if Bhutto was PM.Recommend

  • Jayman

    You are welcome to wear it. It sets you apart. It would be even worse if you couldn’t tell.Recommend

  • siesmann

    What a stupid and irrational comment.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Well ,West is not spreading a red carpet for the irrational Muslims.They are better off in their 7th century world.Recommend

  • siesmann

    No compulsion in religion?Ask your local Mullah.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Well,don’t cry discrimination then.Recommend

  • siesmann

    No ,USA won’t.Such things are entirely,and exclusively Muslim.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    “There is no compulsion in religion”. Its up to you when and how you want to, or not, wear the hijab.
    Yeah but don’t mind if you are called “immodest” if you exercise the “freedom” touted to be in islam by the people(fundamentalists) who think they are more enlightened than liberals. Even the author who seems to be advocating choice to wear hijab says this ” it is a path that aids in self-purification and nearness to their Creator. It is a means to inculcate modesty.” as if women who do exercise the “freedom” (again touted continuously) to NOT wear hijab are somehow or will not achieve purification or will not reach modesty. Utter joke. It is ironic that the author condemns people who bully non-hijabi women but herself seems to not see the moral bullying she is perpetuating by using statements like above (against non hijabis) in her own article (intended or not).Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    “Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, and every nine seconds in America a woman suffers assault.” I fail to understand how “domestic violence” is prevented by wearing a head cover? It will happen nonetheless. And women do not wear head cover in homes so this point is completely irrelevant. All in all sexual assault will not stop by wearing head cover. These incidents happen completely planned by people who women know already even relatives. Simply put hijab is not a protection from sexual assaults. By all means wear it, it is your choice but claiming it somehow prevents sexual assaults (though your article seems to say this indirectly) is wrong. And please can we drop the “hijab leads to modesty” lines, it seems that you not only want to have freedom to wear hijab but also want to make statements that devalue women who exercise the freedom (you so cherish) not to wear one(by insinuating that non-hijabi women will somehow not be “led” to modesty). If you demand respect for hijab wearing women you must give respect to non hijabi women. Saying that they are free not to wear it but also making statements like it leads to modesty (suggesting not wearing one doesn’t lead to modesty) does not count as respect(in fact you are indirectly insulting them).Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    “The authors likewise make a lame case that these Quranic commandments for hijab were for a time when women were vulnerable to sexual harassment, implying that the modern world is devoid of that vice. Really? One can only lament at these false illusions.” You are spot on here but then you go on to say;

    “In reality women worldwide remain equally vulnerable to sexual harassment. In societies, where women have minimised clothing or head coverings, the statistics are equally staggering.”

    Now this is really sad because you reject others illusion but then insinuate other illusion that dressing in anyway has any influence over sexual assaults by presenting statistics of places of minimised covering and sexual assaults there which is equally wrong. One illusion is not better than the other. Both are false.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I know a lot of women who don’t wear the hijab and are devout practicing Muslims. When I ask them why chose not to wear it they say….they have no need to convince or announce to the world that they are good Muslims, their thoughts, their words and their deeds are testament enough to that…….and I agree.Recommend

  • abhi

    Hijab represent supression of women and should be discarded.Recommend

  • Striver

    The local Mullah agrees because the line is straight out of the Qur’an. But he is not the issue here. The issue is the negative mindset similar to yours.Recommend

  • Striver

    Your reply makes no sense. Its simply reflecting your hate of Islam and Muslims. Here is s simple formula of your type of mindset: ignorance leading to arrogance leading to lack of logic.Recommend

  • Striver

    Re-read the article. You might be surprised at what she is trying to say. But for someone with a fixed attitude like yours, logic is unintelligible.Recommend

  • Striver

    This is exactly what Muslims want as well. Thank you.Recommend

  • Nana

    who is crying? you? Read my comment carefully Recommend

  • Striver

    How would you be bringing up or have brought up your children (assuming you have children). If they are of similar disposition as yours then they will have predetermined attitude to Islam and Muslims, I fear.

    Your comments are arrogant which has its roots is ignorance. You are simply justifying discrimination.

    Perhaps you would be so kind as to teach your fellow nationals who rip hijabs off Muslim women, subject them to physical assaults, burn Mosques. to show respect to the Muslim women and allow them the space and dignity to practice their religion freely. Or is that not part of your concept of “liberalism”.Recommend

  • Abdul

    800 reasons lollll, pun fully intended.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    also, please answer me which is most supreme? The constitution of the country you live in or Quran/Sharia?

    And the answer from the lady would be the latter since it dos not conflict with the laws an the constitution of the country. The Ahmedis have a lot in common with the Amish people who have more regimented dress culture, their men carrying long beards and they practice Sharia in the case of prohibition, enforced in all so called bible counties. The Amish people went over to settle in the USA, to escape persecution in Europe; the indian ahmedis are taking the same route.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Gullu

    So you changed your name to Ahmed Akram?
    Why? What;s wrong with writing under your hindu
    name? Dilip? Vinsin? Mehtar? Deepak…?Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk/ p r sharma

    suicide bomber too say that they don suicide vests voluntarily and it is not forced on him/her. wearing hijab is also look unforced and Islamic because of the atmosphere you are living in ( which subtly impresses the mind but we reject the idea that it is forced on us.) Forces which moulds the mindsets do not look as an imposition.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Oops the guards of secularism are awake! So you respect their right of self inflicted slavery but not my right for opinion and speech?! Well explain my prejudice.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    You said a lot without really saying anything. Interesting skill.Recommend

  • Striver

    ” Liberals” and “fundamentalists” both measure the worth of a woman by her clothes. You are both guilty.

    What truly is an “Utter joke” is that neither of you are giving a woman the freedom to dress modestly however she defines it.Recommend

  • Striver

    I am a Muslim and a Pakistani. I don’t hate Ahmadys.
    No law was broken except that which you hold in your mind.
    Sir, are YOU a Muslim? Have you read the Qur’an? Did you miss the verses that say: Unto you your religion and onto me my religion?
    Do you understand the meaning of Haqook-ul-ebaad?
    Let us be true Muslims ourselves first before pointing the accusing finger at others.Recommend

  • Striver

    Do not measure the worth of a woman by her clothes. You both, liberals and fundamentalists are guilty of this.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    obnoxious comment makers need be snubbed. Your right of opinion is across the border, so keep it there. No one will snub you there, not even Muslims.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    and not even 1 positive thing? LOL!!!!Recommend

  • Time Is Up

    Happy New Year 2016.
    Under “liberalism” we need to understand that respect and tolerance are two way streets.
    Secular nations beyond few incidents have been EXTREMELY tolerant to Muslims irrespective of some of them sheltering (un)knowingly the bad ones. This treatment is still better compared to what Muslims did or doing to non-Muslims (for centuries, without much change in the approach).
    In West, those you have insulted innocent Muslim women and destroyed places of prayers, have been and will be dealt by the law.
    Some of the Muslims find life in Secular nations incompatible. If one has reservations about certain nations as been incompatible with the teachings, no point considering to migrate their and get humiliated. Those who are born in Secular nations, also have a choice to move over to other parts of the world, where their lifestyle (gays for instance) and faith is accepted, if it conflicts the law of the land.
    Let us work on educating Muslims in Islamic nations, to NOT to migrate to Secular nations, instead go to one of the other OIC nations and develop them. This will make everyone safe, secure and hopefully happy.Recommend

  • Usman

    She quoted Quranic verses.Recommend

  • rationalist

    The Amish don’t go on a killing spree on Jihad.Recommend

  • rationalist

    Amish don’t demand that the society change their ways to suit Amish beliefs. They live in seclusion and practice their belief without imposing on larger society. It is like someone practicing their faith in private in their homes.Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk/ p r sharma

    Religion does not allow to think independently. Does not allow you to doubt what is been said therein. So you try to seek answers of the current problems on changed values from a book which came into being / written 1400 years back . How slavery can be justified. ? How can you justify to treat war spoil/ booty/ captives as slaves and justification of their rape. Hop can you justify non believers (non Muslim) as liable to be killed. The values which were acceptable in the society 1400 years back have undergone a change and you can not stick to what was written long ago. Recommend

  • Striver

    You are commenting as if you know Islam or are at least familiar with it. Fact is you only know generally about other religions and more about your own.

    Had you read the Qur’an, you would have known the it allows an individual to think “independently”. God asks all to reason those who don’t “….are even more astray in their way”. So there you have it.Recommend

  • Striver

    Your knowledge of the treatment of non-Muslim by Muslims is rather lopsided and prejudiced by the the sources you rely on. Muslims flock to the west because they see the ideals in the west that they aspire to (minus western promiscuity). They are denied these rights by the dictators supported by western governments. Your attitude is very Indian.
    What we need to work on is educating both the Muslims and those of you who subscribe to ideals “liberalism” and “secularism” without knowing what it is. Before blaming the Muslims they need to so some soul searching of their own.
    Happy and peaceful new year to you allRecommend

  • Linux Novice

    Oops, can’t take the truth?! My point stands, that of the self inflicted and well trained slavery. Muslim women are so well trained that they think slavery is their right!Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Need some thing positive there to be commented positively!Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    They often ignore the harder parts like tell the truth always and donate a good portion of your earning always and stick with beard and hijab/burqa. Lol.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    That is the point, Islamic women needs more protection against their own men who are sex maniac Arabs ! And they spread their culture with oil money.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Do you actually believe that guardians of Islam are virtuous people?Recommend

  • Jayman

    If you have the courage to wear the hijab in a foreign land, you must have the courage to take the jibes. Muslims must just stop whinging.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    It is like someone practicing their faith in private in their homes.
    There is nothing private about Amish people, when drink is prohibied in the county including public restaurants and private homes in the region,

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Time Is Up

    Instead of coming to the west en-mass, I would like Muslims to introspect on trade-offs of moving to west. West being liberal/secular has its own deals. There are many who live in the west and don’t like how some people behave, for most part that is ignore (due to live and let live). Further there are 50 or so OIC nations, the great idea would be educated/entrepreneur Muslims put their minds together and build these nations, there is a total 2 billion people market, smart guys should try to exploit (in a good way) to bring prosperity to all, with Islamic teachings, so no need to go to west.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    fixed mindset! Thank you for letting me know your mentality. That was expected from across the border.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    Fixed mindset! Incorrigible! Brainwashed!Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk/ p r sharma

    My comment has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. I spoke about the mind which gets impressed by the environment in which he/she lives , the teachings which is received by parents, teachers, peers, society and the books read & the exposure one get during initial years of life when the mind is completely clean a d blank and easy to receive and believe. only when you get out of the said environment ideas, thoughts, values and thinking which are different to what you learned and believed are encountered by you. At this point it becomes very painful when someone logically counters your belief which are near and dear to you. So we try to explore the rationale and reasoning to justify what we have learnt or honestly believed to be true and perfect . Sorry to say but the article is a similar reaction more to convince herself that the Hijab which she wears is unforced. She has written this because she believes that none has enforced this Hijab on her. we are always influenced by our teachings in various way and we do not agree that this influence is enforced on us. That is why suicide Bombers too happily and willingly wear the vest and ready to die. Teachings mould the minds and the author and the commentators including myself can’t be an exception.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Why don’t you simply answer my question regarding how Muslims like Ahmed Shehzad threaten former Muslims like Dilshan to burn in hell fire and how that is acceptable?Recommend

  • Striver

    If the the west is touted to be liberal and secular then what you suggest goes against the very basic principals of liberalism and secularism. Deep down you pretend to believe in these ideals. It is quire clear in reality you don’t. You are a Hindu at heart. I have no problem with you being a Hindu but with your secular-mask.
    Had the west bought oil at its open market value; resisted the temptation to create chaos; we would have seen a different Muslim world. Immigration would have been the other-way.The west has to accept its share of the responsibility. It rarely does.
    Hindutva fascism is a new threat in the region. Imagine nuclear weapons in the hands of fascist terrorists who admire Hitler, murder Muslims,Christian and Sikh minorities, rape their women. India is a country of 1 billion ruled by fascists, that is where the attention should be focused before its too late. Muslims are not the problem. Non-Muslim fundamentalism is on the rise.Recommend

  • Striver

    Start with getting rid of Hindutva fascism from your country at the same time clean hatred out o your heart for Islam. You too have been conditioned. Apply the same rules to yourself. Recommend

  • Junaid

    Dear author, please do not call the hijab Islamic. The hijab has no basis in Islamic scriptute. Nowhere has Islam ever told women to cover their heads, this is a lie that patriarchal control freak mullahs had concocted centuries after the Holy Prophet’s death when they were passing a string of “biddat” rulings to solidify their own power when a new clerical class was just coming into being in Muslim nations as the caliphate disintegrated and the political authority’s jurisdiction over religion vanished. The hijab may be many things, but it is definitely NOT “Islamic.”Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk/ p r sharma

    Hey, you are deviating from the issue . Instead you are using fascist adjective for a religion ( which has been taught / described in the books / and fed in an atmosphere you are exposed to) . Hope a different atmosphere and exposure will at least encourage you to review what is impressed in the mind which may or may not be altered.
    Part of your comment appears to endorse my view when you say that ” you too have been conditioned ”
    BTW when one does not have rationale argument to counter the point raised, the only option left is to deviate the issue .Recommend

  • Time Is Up

    My knowledge is not lopsided. Bring me numbers to prove that Non-Muslims are faring better in Muslim majority nations than in Secular ones. Let us start with Pakistan.
    Does that matter if I have a Hindu, Jew, Sikh or Muslim or even Atheist heart or Man, or Women, LGBT? You need to drop your religious goggles.

    Please do not blame west to create chaos, my investment portfolio is down 30% because I invested heavily in Oil, should I blame west for it. There are always forces who will manipulate the economies. Smart leaders try to hedge against it (I have failed myself since the Dubai and Karachi markets are heading down!).

    Again you are blabbing about Hindutva fanatics etc. Just one point, if Hindus were fascists/fanatics like some Pakistanis, there would not be any Muslims in India, unlike what we see in Pakistan, Jews in ME (minus Israel), Christians in Egypt, all marginalized – this is a fact. We can start all they back from Md. Bin Qasim and keep on going through the atrocities committed from that time, that will give who is lop-sided.

    It is time to look forward. Again, I keep on coming back to same point – If one believes faith is above all (or any ideology which speaks of superiority over non-believers) , then go live in a place which allows that so there are no conflicts in the mind, and I wish such people best wishes from bottom of my heart – live happy and prosper and be peaceful. Let us, the ones believe strongly in plurality with principles of “live and let live”, stay in Secular nations! Thank you, it was nice chatting with you.Recommend

  • Linux Novice

    Oh fixed mindset ! That suits you rather. I always welcome a debate. Make your point rather than beating around the bush. Wearing a burqa when there is sand storm is common sense but the same in tropical climate will amount to fanaticism.Recommend

  • Striver

    This gibberish is enough to show me the only thing deviating is your mindset. You know very little about Islam. There is no point is discussing it with you. Like I said sort out you Hindutvas. That’s your real mindset. Stop pretending otherwise.Recommend

  • Striver

    It IS lopsided and acquired without the effort of sifting fact from fiction.
    My experience of those who subscribe to secularism etc is that deep down they are religious to a greater or lesser extent. They are the great pretenders.
    For example, you’ve defended the Hindutvas whose mindset makes them strong contenders for the number one spot on the terrorists chart. I am shocked at how deeply biased you are. So I ask you again. Drop your pretences.
    My “babbling” about Hindutva terrorists has upset you I can see. I know you know who said: “We will free India of Muslims and Christians by 2021”. I know you know RSS has formed committees in every district for forcibly converting Muslims to Hindus.
    …and you tell me your knowledge is not lopsided !
    You sir are a pseudo-secular, your comments prove it.
    You can find pseduo-seculars in Indian in abundance.
    Pakistan is far more accepting of other religions that the Indians. Yes form time to time yes there are issues which are given religious color but are in fact based on personal vendettas and property claims.

    India tops the list of most racist countries. This is sad.
    The west has had a very bad relationship with religion historically. Its not the case with Christians, Hindus or Muslims in the “non-western world”. Religion is and will always be part of life or a way of life for people. Even if you move away from religion, you still hold beliefs that are religion based.
    Nobody is blaming the west for more their fair share. But they should accept that they have had an influential role in creating problem in the Middle East. Its is undeniable.
    My “blabbing” contains some truths which have hurt you. That was not my intention.
    I appreciate your sentiments towards the endRecommend

  • Linux Novice

    Why don’t we debate on Sura An-Nisa?!Recommend

  • Ali

    So what? Anyone can quote quranic verses.Recommend

  • Ali

    I dont know why my comment was removed. Here it is again.

    The author isnt totally correct here. Firstly hijab doesnt even appear in the Quran or hadith (there is no reliable hadith on hijab). Secondly, hijab will not stop sexual harassment or rape. Thirdly, we should put the claim of “rape in the west” to rest. Rape which happens in western countries is due to intercourse with those under 18. Yeah thats right. It is considered rape if you have intercouse with somone under 18.
    In addition to, many rapes also occur at college parties where women are passed out and men take advantage of them.

    Meanwhile rape in muslim countries is when men jump onto women, and the police do nothing, and the courts do nothing either.

    There is no doubt women are much better off in non muslim countries. Neither the law nor the society restrict women like how many muslim countries operate.

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