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The Hijab has Nothing To Do with Modesty

by Daniel Greenfield


….That’s not modesty. The covering is being worn to avoid rape.

The key words here are “distinguished and not molested”. Whom are these women being distinguished from? Women who don’t cover up and can be molested. One Koranic commentator explicitly makes that very point as I discuss in Muslim Rape Culture.

This isn’t modesty. It’s repression and fear. As Robert Spencer points out, the Hijab is accompanied by repression.

Aqsa Parvez’s Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it. Amina Muse Ali was a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab. Forty women were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab.

There’s an endless list of similar cases. Robert P. George might want to examine the religious freedom he is really defending.

A survey conducted in France in May 2003 found that 77 percent of girls wearing the hijab said they did so because of physical threats from Islamist groups.

We can’t dismiss a number that large as the work of a handful of extremists. And this isn’t taking place in some Third World country. It’s happening in France.

More often the girls were under orders from their fathers and uncles and brothers, and even their male classmates. For the boys, transforming a bluejeaned teen-age sister into a docile and observant “Muslim” virgin was a rite de passage into authority, the fast track to becoming a man, and more important, a Muslim man…. it was also a license for violence.

Girls who did not conform were excoriated, or chased, or beaten by fanatical young men meting out “Islamic justice.” Sometimes the girls were gang-raped. In 2002, an unveiled Muslim girl in the cite of Vitry-sur-Seine was burned alive by a boy she turned down.

Jane Kramer, Taking the Veil, New Yorker

This isn’t modesty. It has nothing in common with modesty in the Jewish and Christian traditions which is about individual character.

Islamist activists and settlers in the West have learned how to phrase their arguments to tap into the worldviews and moral codes of indigenous cultures, but it would be a mistake to confuse the argument with the reality.

The Hijab and the Burka are not voluntary and they have nothing to do with modesty. The various Islamic coverings are motivated by fear, shame and abuse.



One Response

  1. Frankly speaking living in Pakistan and being a Muslim, I never had to face such strong controlling by men in my family, but than they are real champions to have stood behind their tiger, that is me.
    The most stupid excuse wear hijab so your safe, hijab wearers are equally violated. Men use Islam to punish women for their sins, when in reality the stoning of men is recommended for a rapist (yes male). Plus accountability is a problem within Islam, like in Judaism, Christianity — women pay the price of sins committed by men as men control religion and more over patriarchal societies like Pakistan, MUSLIM WORLD,Muslim men have more power than women. It is time for reclaim the real teachings of Islam.
    Migration is another dilemma, Muslim migrants become more harsher, violent and attached to their so-perceived Islamic identity within Europe.
    1. Frankly, I have hardly seen literate migrants that come for studying, working meting out same treatment like above ones.
    2. Most migrant Muslim men even if progressive give in to the strong pressures from other MALE MUSLIM community for hijab, mobility issues.
    3. Thirdly, its the male weakness that is common in all men across the globe, close her, gagg her and beat her so she does not run away because otherwise they know that within Europe the Muslim women can get rid of them through secular justice system that is a very strong area within the continent.

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