Is the Woman in Hijab oppressed? Who is a free woman ?

Women in Hijab are often considered to be oppressed, backward , coming from third world .Some  people think of them as too conservative,are even suspicious of them as  if they belong to radical Islamist  and some pity them over being oppressed.

Many muslim women do not choose to  wear a  Hijab because they do not want to be stereotyped, otherwise given a choice they will wear it.

Different people have their own stereotype about Hijab, but most common thought  is oppression , How can  covering one’s hair or body makes he/she oppressed ?  or How can exposing your body make you liberated ?

I do not deny that there are some men forcing women to wear Burqa/Niqab , and forcing some one to do something outside his own will is oppression, but here the oppressor is not  niqab or hijab , the suppressor is lack of awareness of Islam, lack of education,male domination among those males who only learnt to look muslims from outside but never knew how a true muslim should behave.

The women today  who are choosing to wear hijab  are educated , working and having a normal social life , so there is no point of being oppressed.  The respect of their choice should be in similar way as of any other woman who chose to wear shorts or  red hair or blue hair , or go bald and still be recognized as bold ?, Is a Woman with Hijab not bold ?  She is still putting it even  after all the stereotypes, and  facing the questioning doubtful  eyes of people .

It is strange how we think today, we are talking about gender equality , women’s rights, we are even accepting same-sex marriages but not a woman in Hijab.

Short clothes or long clothes it is entirely her choice, there should not be an opinion about a person based on what he/she choose to wear .

There are women who are oppressed in every society , we need to work on root causes, wearing or not wearing certain clothes cannot make you liberated from  those evils .

We are all prisoners of our own mentality, until we do not fix it , we can not experience true freedom!

In my opinion the urban working women  is more oppressed than rural ones , her oppression is more on inside , She wears best clothes, work in best companies , she earns well , she has everything to say from outside that she is independent and free .

But is she really free ?

A lot of young women are going through depression,anxiety ,stress  mainly because of issues at home and pressure at work. She is dependent on her husband or his parents for everything, She cannot cook what she wants, cannot sleep when she wants, what she earns also does not belong to her anymore ! Some of in-laws allow them to wear western wear just to show off to people how open-minded they are.

Is this ,what she has worked hard for /striven for in her life? She prefer to stay mum to keep up her image of free woman .

Do you still  think she is a liberated woman  if you think a woman in hijab is not ?

We can never be truly liberated until we work together to remove these social evils from our lives!  I  hope the  generation of tomorrow will have real  free women , the responsibility lies on all of us, to make sure that we teach our sons  to respect women and how we will(future mother in-laws) treat their wives!

P.S : There are always nice exceptions and I am proud of such men and parents who give freedom to their daughter in-laws equally like their own daughters.

I am only raising awareness about Hijab and  concern over hidden issues in our society than the ones which are visible on outside world.

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17 thoughts on “Is the Woman in Hijab oppressed? Who is a free woman ?

  1. fatima khan

    i do agree..!!
    but people with blocked minds will never understand whether it comes in writin or in verbal n dey r d one who pretend dey r tru muslim/haji’s ..
    ” eilmo baaz karein fakeeri”
    vry regret 2 say ,ab shariat b sahuliat se chalti hai..
    allah hum sab ko neik banne ki taufeek ada farmaye.

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    1. yes, I know, but we shouldn’t give hope, We need to keep working for the good, may be by our efforts if we are able to change the views of one single person our purpose is achieved/.The blocked minds will never understand but some still have their window open, lets aim for them .

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  2. Loubnanya

    Salam alAykum,
    Totally agreee. But like our sister Fatima Khan wrote, those close minded people will never understand our vision like we don’t understand their’s. It’s all about our education. I don’t say it’s useless to try to explain to them why we wear the hijab, no it’s really helpful alhamdoulillah and your Writings are great. But today, people Who hate islam are really blocked on their position (it’s so stupid) and îm tired of trying to explain them why i wear the hijab because they still think i’m oppressed and i don’t live ly life blah blah blah.. (Starting with my family) so i just live my life and trying to be close to Allah, îm happy alhamdoulillah and those who don’t see that we are happy with our hijab, it’s because Allah has scealed their hearts. And Allah guides whoever He wants.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughtful posts my sister.

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    1. Waslm again my dear sister and thanks for sharing your opinion, I agree those who are blocked in their minds ,they can never understand but atleast they should not look us down , we need to be equally respected like anyone they dont agree with, It will start only if we are confident about ourselves and demand respect from them! I hope the attittude of people will start changing with our efforts! We all live by hopes isnt it?

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  3. Loubnanya

    Totally agree. We should have the same respect as any other woman. And as you said, it’s only if we are self confident that we will earn respect. (Not from islamophobs of course but we don’t care about racist people, they are sick.)
    Yes we definitly live by hope, sister, i have to say i love your optimism !

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