What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada

What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada


Reviewer: Peter van de Ven I’m going to take you back
in time, 1400 years, to the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. To a time when Prophet Mouhammed
was given the task of finding a solution to women in the city
being attacked and molested. The situation was this: It was around the year 600 AD, long before the modern convenience, of plumbing. When a woman awoke
in the middle of the night with the urge to relieve herself, she would have to walk out, past the outskirts of the city,
and into the wild by herself, for privacy. Believe it or not, a group of men actually began
to see an opportunity in women’s nightly tracks, and started to linger
at the outskirts of the city – their identities hidden
in the dark, watching. If a woman walked by, and she happened to be wearing a jilbab, which was a garment like a coat, the men knew to leave her alone. A jilbab of centuries ago
was a status symbol, like a Burberry trench or a Chanel jacket. It announced that the woman was free, and a free woman
was protected by her clan. She would have no problems
speaking out against the attacker and identifying him. But if the woman walking out at night
wasn’t wearing a jilbab, if she happened to be dressed
a bit more freely, then the men knew she was a slave, and they attacked her. Concerned members of the community
brought the situation to the Prophet, and like so many other social,
political, and familial issues that Muhammed faced
during his Prophethood, he turned this particular
matter over to God, and a verse was revealed for the Quran, the Muslim holy book. “O Prophet,” it reads, “tell your wives, your daughters,
and the women of the believers to draw upon themselves their garments. This is better, so that they
not be known and molested.” Basically, the verse advises
that all women dress similarly, so that they can’t be
picked out from one another, zeroed in on, and attacked. Now, on the surface, this may seem like a relatively
easy solution to the problem, but turns out it wasn’t. The early Muslim community was tribal,
and so deeply entrenched in social status, and the idea that a slave
would look like a free woman, that was almost insulting. And then there was
the matter of practicality. How would a slave do her work? How would she function,
if her body was constricted by a coat? How would she cook, clean, fetch water? In the end, the early
Muslim scholars ruled that a woman’s way of dress
should be based on two considerations: a woman’s function in society – her role, what we might consider her job – and the society’s specific customs. Or, in another way: when in Rome. Muslims like to take historical rulings
and apply them to the modern era. So, let’s do that. A woman’s way of dress
should be based on custom and function. So, what does that mean for
a Muslim woman living in America today, for someone like me? First, it means that I have a function,
a role in society, a contribution that I can make. Second, it means that while I’m making that contribution, and living in a society
where veiling is not the custom, and where, in fact, if I veil
it might actually lead to harassment, then wearing what is the custom, such as a dress, a pair of jeans
or even yoga pants, is not only acceptable, it’s recommended. But wait, could that be right? After all, haven’t we all come to assume that a Muslim woman must veil, that veiling is
a requirement of her faith? There is even a term that we’ve all come to associate
with the Muslim woman’s veil, an Arabic term
that we’ve all heard use, whether or not we’ve been aware of it: “Hijab.” So, maybe I missed it. Maybe the requirement that a woman veil
is in a different part of the Quran. For those of you who don’t know,
the Quran consists of 114 chapters, each chapter is written out
in verses, like poetry. There are more
than 6,000 verses in the Quran. Out of the 6,000 plus verses, three refer to how a woman should dress. The first is the verse
I’ve already told you about. The second is a verse that directly
speaks to the Prophet’s wives, asking that they begin to dress
a bit more modestly because of their role,
their function in society as his wives. And the third verse
is similar to the first, in that it was revealed in direct response
to a historical situation. Early records show that the custom, the fashion during the pre-Islamic era, was for women to wear a scarf
on the head, called a khimar, which would be tucked behind the ears
and allowed to flow behind the back. In the front, a woman wore
a tight vest or a bodice, which she left open exposing her breasts – sort of like the images
you’ve seen in Game of Thrones. (Laughter) When Islam spread through
the Arabian Peninsula, a verse was sent down asking
that women use this scarf, or any other garment, to cover the breasts. And that’s it. That’s basically all there is in the Quran
concerning how a woman should dress. Turns out, God doesn’t give a bullet point
of all the parts on a woman’s body that he wants hidden from view. And in fact, it might be argued,
and it is argued, I cannot stress enough that it is argued
by many Muslim scholars that the reason these verses
were left intentionally vague is so that a woman could choose
for herself how to dress according to her specific culture and the progression of time. And that the term “hijab,” guess what? It’s not in any of these three verses. In fact, it’s nowhere in the Quran,
directly meaning a woman’s veil. That’s not to say that the word
doesn’t appear in the Quran because it does appear. But when it appears,
it’s actually used correctly, to mean a barrier or a divide. Such as the barrier or divide that exists
between us humans and the divine, or between believers and non-believers. Or it means a barrier,
like a physical screen, that men during Muhammad’s time
were asked to stand behind when speaking to his wives. Or it means the seclusion,
the separation that Mary sought when she was giving birth to Jesus. That separation and seclusion, that means hijab; that physical screen, that means hijab; that barrier, that divide, that means hijab. Hijab doesn’t mean a woman’s veil. And yet, isn’t it strange
that what the term actually means, being screened off, divided away,
barred, separated out, these are the very terms
that come to our minds when we think of a Muslim woman? Why shouldn’t they? We have all seen the way some Muslim women
are treated around the world: if she attempts to go to school, she’s shot in the head; if she attempts to drive a car, she’s jailed; if she attempts to take part in the political uprisings
happening in her own country, to be heard, to be counted, she is publicly assaulted. Forget about hiding out in the dark
at the outskirts of the city, some men now feel comfortable enough
to assault a woman on the sidewalk, for the world to see. And they don’t care
to hide their identities, they’re more interested
in making international headlines. They’re too busy making videos
and uploading them onto YouTube, bragging about what they’ve done. Why don’t they care
to hide their crimes? They don’t feel like
they’ve committed any crimes. It’s the women
who’ve committed the crimes. It’s the women who got
these funny ideas in their heads, ideas that actually
led them out of the house, led them into society, believing that they
can make a contribution, and we all know, honorable women, they stay at home; honorable women stay invisible. Just as it was the custom
for honorable women to do during the Prophet’s time. Is that true? 1400 years ago is long before feminism. Were women locked away
behind doors, screened off by veils? Well, it turns out
that the Prophet’s first wife was what we would define today as a CEO. She was a successful merchant whose caravan equaled the caravans
of all the other traders put together. She essentially headed up
a successful import-export company. When she hired Muhammed to work for her, she was so taken with his honesty that eventually she proposed. (Laughter) I’m not sure how many women
feel comfortable proposing marriage to a man today. And Muhammad’s second wife? She was no slacker either. She rode into battle
on the back of a camel, which is equivalent to a woman
riding into battle today inside of a Humvee or a tank. And what of the other women? Early records show that women
demanded to be included in the Islamic revolution
taking place around the Prophet. One woman became famous as a general when she led her army of men
into battle and crushed a rebellion. Men and women freely associated
with one another, exchanged gifts. It was custom for a woman
to select her own husband and propose. And when things didn’t work out, to initiate divorce. Women even loudly debated
with the Prophet himself. Seems to me that if fundamentalists want to return
current Muslim society to 680 AD, it might be a huge step forward. (Laughter) Progress. (Applause) But we still have to answer
an important question. If not from Islamic history,
and if not from the Quran, how is it that we, in the modern era, have come to associate
Muslim women with hijab? With being separated out from society, secluded and isolated, barred from the most basic human rights? I hope it’s not any surprise to you
that this isn’t by accident. For the past few decades, the very people
who have been given the important task of reading and interpreting the Quran in a variety of different
Muslim communities, certain clerics have been
inserting a certain meaning into those three verses concerning women. For instance that verse
I told you about earlier: “O Prophet, tell your wives,
your daughters, and the women of the believers
to draw upon themselves their garments, this is better, so that they
not be known and molested.” Some clerics, not all, some clerics have added a few words to that, so that in certain
translations of the Quran, that verse reads like this: “O Prophet, tell your wives,
your daughters, and the women of the believers,
to draw upon themselves their garments, parentheses, a garment is a veil that covers the entire head and the face, the neck and the breast
all the way down to the ankles and all the way to the wrists. Everything on a woman’s body
is covered except for one eye because she must see where she is headed, and the hands must be covered in gloves. Because, of course, there was certainly a lot of gloves
back in the desert of Saudi Arabia. (Laughter) Etc., etc., etc., etc.,
on, and on, and on, end of parentheses, so that she not be known and molested.” And what these so-called clerics have concluded based
on these types of insertions is that a woman only has one function. To understand what that function is, all you have to do is read
some of the fatwas or legal rulings that these so-called clerics
have actually gone ahead and issued. Let me give you a sampling. A woman need only finish elementary school before she gets married. Which puts her, what,
at the ripe old age of 11, 12 years old? A woman cannot fulfill
her spiritual obligations to God until she first fulfills
her physical obligations to her husband. If he desires her while she sits
on the mount of a camel, she should submit. Islam has forbidden a woman
from wearing a bra because bras lift up
and make a woman appear younger, and this is calculated deception. My personal favorite: if a man has an ulcer excreting puss, from the top of his head
to the bottom of his feet, and she licked it for him, she would still not fulfill
what she owes him. What these and the many other rulings
just like it concerning women boil down to is this: The best of women,
the most honorable among them is uneducated, and so powerless, not very different from a slave. So, she remains at home
without complaint, without a bra. (Laughter) Ready and available at all times
to satisfy his every whim, even if it’s to lick his entire body; satisfying him whenever he calls, whether it’s in his bed
or on the mount of a camel. Does this sound like God’s will to you? Does this sound like scripture? Or does this sound strangely,
uncomfortably erotic, like the worst kind of misogynist fantasy? Are these so-called clerics, and the fundamentalists
and extremists who support them, truly purifying Islam from within, bringing it back to its intended form? Or are these men
no different from those men standing out in the dark
at the outskirts of the city, eager to prey upon a woman? Thank you. (Applause)

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  1. I do not follow the Islamic religion, and I know very little about it in all reality. But I've been seeing a lot of videos about it, both bad and good. I don't feel as if I could accurately judge on the topic of hijabs, as I simply don't know enough. All I can say is that I know that there are bad and good situations in every religion, and this is no different. Some take things to a dangerous level, and others don't.

  2. The hijab is a woman's duty and is ordained upon us. Most people have a skewed mindset, believing it is a "choice" and "right".

  3. حسبي الله و نعم الوكيل

    حسبي الله و نعم الوكيل

    حسبي الله و نعم الوكيل

  4. Irrespective of the the religion, men need to BACK OFF and give women that space and respect. And you my dear women, if you are not given, snatch it!

  5. I think she is from the people who critisized in Qoran in verse 45:23. Her desires and passions, about living "American Dream" made her blind about Haq (the truth). She is misguiding people about fatva and religion. You are free to wear anything but you dont have right to misguide people like as called clerics.

  6. this one way to see things ,another way to see things is “the best thing for women is not to be seen by a man nor to see one” the hejab that mean barior is that ,to get to women should not be an easy approch ,it should be hard ,to have the right to take a gaze of them should cost men alot , but now adays its so easy and approch able , so I prefer the bondries that make every man think more than thousand time before he even not only talk to me but even look at me .

  7. why when you do not have a topic to talk about you are talking about hijab . i follow TED since i know a little engllish i know many of girls talked about hijab . you do not need to talk about hijab just reject the your talk.

  8. Just Listen to Nouman Ali Khan, if you want really to learn about islam. He explains it, what this Lady is talking about :). So please Sisters dont just Listen to one source :). It is Easy for everyone to say, „dont wear the hijab“. So please listen to People like Nouman Ali Khan or Mufti Menk. They are fantastic!

    And just sorry but this Lady always just sais Muhammad. But you have to Say the Full title of our Prophet. This is absolut basic knowledge in Islam. You have to Say Mohammed (s.a.v.s).

  9. I truly respect her, this is real feminism not the distorted version that is present today. The way she explained things was profound, she got her point out but it was a little vague.

    Her points should have been more specific because the laws mentioned on women are not accepted by all muslims, each sector has their own views and most closed minded people will think that all muslims are so and so.

    This topic is controversial, my view on it is that. It’s not compulsory but it’s better if women cover their heads and dress in a modest fashion. Dressing in a way not meant to attract or seduce men is better for society. I am not a scholar, I’m just a free thinker.

  10. If u don't wear clothes as long as to attract men. Men will not follow u in social media. Expose ur body n u will be followed by hungry men 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  11. So this is a Muslim problem…for a thousand years. Maybe you should take an in-depth look at your faith and culture.

  12. That's her own interpretation to justify what she wears is acceptable. She is only fooling herself. I have no problem nor do I care what someone wears but I would never say drinking alcohol is acceptable in Islam when it isn't.

  13. I swear she's the best speaker I've ever heard, she presents an issue and tell it like it is a story, and she delivers it well a true storyteller

  14. To christians who talks about rights of women..according to your belief jesus is god..right? So why god doesnt take the form of a women? Why he take the form of a man in earth? So god also discriminates between men and women?? ☺☺

  15. I am a Muslim woman, and my teacher of Islamic sciences( it was a subject in highschool) who was a man, said these exact things , he also said that a lot of things are taking out of context in the times of colonialism, so a lot of people were not educated on the real meaning of our religion teachings, he was so much disappointed in how a lot use few things of the Quran that was meant for only a specific situation and apply it for every other one, even if it doesn't have all the right conditions, thankfully a lot of today's generation are more educated about these teachings, and are more understanding of the context of our religion .

  16. ohh you poor women ! you need to learn sunnah of prophet (saw) and qur'an deeply before saying whatever you want …
    Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4481. The following version was narrated by Abu Dawood (4102):

    May Allaah have mercy on the Muhaajir women. When Allaah revealed the words “and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)”, they tore the thickest of their aprons (a kind of garment) and covered their faces with them.

  17. When all the main imams and scholars make research and say that the hijab is obligatory, then it is. There is no running away from the fact…..

  18. I love wearing a hijab so I won’t have to worry about doing a hairstyle every day for school aahhhh stress free😩😂. Also cover my embarrassing ginger hair!

  19. Excuse me. Can you name those verses ? Surah noor talks about modesty of women and men both. And also the hadiths are important to know.. And veil is important for women cause Our creator loves modesty and loves people who are modest! Hijab is a barrier hijab is a barrier between men and women a barrier between a women with faith and dogs outside moving on streets on two legs thinking women are piece of flesh, sister read the Quran and Read the tafsir not only translation. May you and me both get to know about it more.

  20. Quran (7 : 26) , Quran (24 : 31),Quran (33 : 59) "and say to the believing women that they must lower their gaze and guard their modesty,that they should not display their beauty" Quran (24 : 31) thank me later 🙂

  21. No one said the truth
    Hijab is the invent of Hammurabi, Asirian king decadates years before Judaismo, Christianism and Islam

  22. She is a good orator, see how she did justice to such a controversial topic. I wish i could show this video to those who need to know the Truth of this.

  23. Use it,not abuse it…people always trying to abuse everything even Holy Scriptures and only harming themselves. men n women both messed up nowdays.If one side would be more pious otheer would follow,but we see only opposite

  24. There is a different between getting separated by gender and from society!
    We aren't supposed to gaze on women as women shouldn't gaze at men.
    There's alot of information missing on your presentation

  25. Khimar as referenced in surah al-nur means "to cover" but doesn't solely mean to cover physically. It also refers to acting modestly and to maintain that social barrier she is talking about. That being said, men are supposed to maintain the same level of modesty and formality. Before the concept of khimar (in surah al-nur) is mentioned, it is revealed that Muslims are supposed to lower their gazes, this is applying directly to men, and not to stare or behave in ways that are offensive and inappropriate. Hijab, as understood today (headscarf), is a personal choice and one that empowers many, but there is debate regarding the exact interpretation of this as the Arabic used in the Quran is similar to how English in the King James bible differs from modern English. The Quran is amazing in that it accounts for change in customs and time, and that includes style of dress.

    Subhanallah.

  26. I am a Muslimah and love hijab! I did not used to do hijab but was curious about it and approached the subject with an open mind. Unfortunately this sister does not have all her facts correct and missing out a whole lot of information. Please do your own research with an open mind and sincere heart and ask God to guide you and HE will lead you to the correct path. May God guide this lovely sister to the truth and grant her the true understanding of hijab. Ameen.

  27. You won't understand the beauty and importance of hijab until uh wear it ,submitting to God and understanding that it's his order for women .You will enjoy wearing it .
    And don't astray other women from performing this obligation by "brain washing " them ..there are many sisters out in western are really struggling to wear the proper hijab ..so they will tear the idea of hijab after watching this video ..audubillah .May Allah guide and forgive
    This life is sooo small and uh can't obey the commandments of God Almighty!!?.
    If You don't like the hijab , don't discourage other sisters who wear hijab ,they have chosen the straight and a "modest" path .

  28. Obvious from her speech that she is not versed in the Arabic language. If she were then she would know the root meaning of hijab. Very misleading speech but I’m not one to condemn anyone regarding their choice to wear or not wear a hijab. Everyone will be judged accordingly at the end and The judgement will be passed by Allah alone. Everyone needs to educate themselves and not rely on what you hear and see on social media.

  29. Thats your interpretation, keep it with you. You dont wear Hijaab, fair enough but dont try to change Hijab significance in Islam, you can not change Islam.

  30. She hasn't got a clue what's she is talking about. Here the real source for the hijab,

    Narrated `Aisha:

    The wives of the Prophet (ﷺ) used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place (near Baqi` at Medina) to answer the call of nature at night. `Umar used to say to the Prophet (ﷺ) "Let your wives be veiled," but Allah's Apostle did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam`a the wife of the Prophet (ﷺ) went out at `Isha' time and she was a tall lady. `Umar addressed her and said, "I have recognized you, O Sauda." He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah revealed the verses of "Al-Hijab" (A complete body cover excluding the eyes).

    Sahih al-Bukhari Book 64, Hadith 450

    Narrated Anas:

    Umar said, "I agreed with Allah in three things," or said, "My Lord agreed with me in three things. I said, 'O Allah's Apostle! Would that you took the station of Abraham as a place of prayer.' I also said, 'O Allah's Apostle! Good and bad persons visit you! Would that you ordered the Mothers of the believers to cover themselves with veils.' So the Divine Verses of Al-Hijab (i.e. veiling of the women) were revealed. I came to know that the Prophet had blamed some of his wives so I entered upon them and said, 'You should either stop (troubling the Prophet ) or else Allah will give His Apostle better wives than you.' When I came to one of his wives, she said to me, 'O 'Umar! Does Allah's Apostle haven't what he could advise his wives with, that you try to advise them?' " Thereupon Allah revealed:–

    "It may be, if he divorced you (all) his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you Muslims (who submit to Allah).."

    Sahih Bukhari. 6:60:10

    It was Umar who deciced what believing women should wear as he spied on Muhammad's wives when they needed to use mother's nature bathroom and allah agreed with him??!!!
    What a rediculous cult.

    Hahahahaha. Ever heard something more hilarious? And they call that a religion coming from God!!! Unbelievable.

  31. Je remercie vivement Tedx Talk d'avoir publié cette vidéo, car elle m'a appris beaucoup de choses, historiquement comme religieusement, et m'a permis de mieux comprendre les origines autres que la mienne. Cela me donne encore plus envie de me documenter sur le sujet. Merci! (Et bonne journée à toi qui me lit 🙂 ) (Je suis suisse)

    I would like to thank Tedx Talk very much for publishing this video, because it has taught me a lot, both historically and religiously, and has given me a better understanding of origins other than my own. It makes me even more interested in researching the subject. Thank you! (And good day to you reading me:)) (I'm from Switzerland)

  32. God doesn't have to specify what parts of the body Muslims have to cover in the quran, Islam doesn't only consist of following the quran, it is also following the Sunnah of the companions and the prophet. just because the quran does not specify what parts of the body we must cover does not mean that we openly show our figure. it is our modesty that makes us who we are, and we follow the sunnah as much as we follow the quran. Islam does not base itself on "culture" and "personal preference" god only tells us not to and prevents us from doing things that will harm us. And on top of all of this you can not take the word of "some scholars", you take the words of scholars who are well known and trusted, so maybe you should specify who you are taking these words from. Islam is something that is perfect for all day and ages, it does not need to change due to someone thinking it is "too hard". Islam is a religion where we are modest and only do things which benefit us. God forbids what is bad for us, and encourages what is good for us. Quran and sunnah rule out what we do, not "personal preference", Maybe understand the religion before you talk about it.

  33. O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
    The reason behind this verce is for all the muslims women to hide their identity or otherwise how would you recognize a woman identity except through her face

  34. it's odd though even Christian belief is for the women to cover up & their hair too (as well as men to dress appropriately).

  35. a muslim country will only be a muslim when women can walk down the street without a veil and hijab-go into single muslim website most muslim men in prominent careers and prominent figures prey on vulnerable women and talk about three somes and swinger clubs-

    I live in a western country and was born their and non muslims have more respect and dignity for a woman than their own muslim men that prowl and perv on them

    am a muslim women and I live my life the way I want ito-only person that can judge me is Allah swt-

    a women is not a mans property-am glad muslim independent educated women are saying it as it is

  36. does anyone know what her degrees are and where she got them from???? I loved this talk I just want to know where the information came from its amazing

  37. Coming from the lady who is trying to justify herself for NOT wearing the hijab. I wonder what garments she wears when she prays the obligatory salahs. Or how she dresses when doing her pilgrimage in ihram? I really do :/

  38. Shape and form are not important. Clothes were never the point. Allah does not look at your form and appearance but at your heart. You need to be cognizant of the truth. It’s about time we move forward and stop troubling our mind with trivialities.

  39. Yeah sure let’s go with that….

    In the Amazon they wear a leaf on the front and back so let’s do that if we go there.

    No logic in this at all!!!!

  40. إن بإمكاني أن أكتب با للغة الانجليزية ولاكن سأكتب بلغتي وإني أقول لهذه المهاترة مذا يغني الذباب عن ذي ناب ولقد رفع لله ذكره فا تموتي بغيظكم يا شواني يا أبناء السكك ويا أبناء الدهاليز والفراش المشترك ،

  41. It is a false presentation for the gullible. The actual incident, if it can be trusted, is available in Sahih Bukhari 1:4:148
    :

    The wives of the prophet used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place to answer the call of nature at night. Umar used to say to the prophet "Let your wives be veiled," but Allah's prophet did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam'a, the wife of the prophet went out at Isha' time and she was a tall lady. Umar addressed her and said, "I have recognized you, O Sauda." He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of the veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed.

    So Allah revealed the verses of "Al-Hijab" (A complete body cover excluding the eyes).
    Refer to the following hadiths:
    Sahih Bukhari 1:4:148

    Sahih Bukhari 8:74:257

    Sahih Muslim 26:5398

    Sahih Muslim 26:5397

    Sahih (authentic according to scholarly consensus)

    Umar, the second right-hand man of Mohammad, said on three occasions

    "My lord agreed with my judgement on three occasions …"

    "Allah agreed with me in three things …" Sahih Bukhari 6:60:10; Sahih Muslim 31:5903.

    In another Hadith, Umar gives Allah some more ideas …

    "I entered upon them and said, 'You should stop troubling the Prophet or else Allah will give his apostle better wives than you.' " Sahih Bukhari 6:60:10

    Can you guess what happened next?

    Allah suddenly revealed a new Quran verse through Mohammad – "Perhaps his Lord, if he divorced you [all], would substitute for him wives better than you – submitting [to Allah], believing, devoutly obedient, repentent, worshipping, and fast – [ones] previously married and virgins." Quran 66:5.

    Judge for yourself as to who was the author of these and other "revealed verse"!

  42. That was an amazing speech. The saddest thing is that the majority of Muslim community will disregard what she's saying, solely by the fact she's not wearing a hijab (and I mean Ina scarf way)…. And "if you don't wear a hijab you are not a true muslimah"… Been there

  43. بالله عليكي لماذا الكذب الاسلام خصيصا ستر المرأة واعطاها الحرية والعدالة ونصرها من كل شر وفي خصوص الخمار فهو واجب

  44. Quran 33:59 for all of you who think she is right, please people you’ve got to understand that this woman is not a scholar she reads anything that she might think is usable and uses it. Allah swt said that the people in Jannah (paradise) al-Firdaus to be specific will be a many of the first generations and only a few of the later generations. This is part as to why. I am a Muslimah wearing a hijab, who has been raised in a great home, by parents who left me to choose however I wanted to dress, so I followed Allahs words instead of this woman’s words, imagine it being the day of judgement and you face YOUR CREATOR and when he asks you why you do not cover up, you will tell him because this woman suggested I shouldn’t? La illaha ila Allah. What a shame, this is shirk in the smaller circle don’t get me wrong, the Quran also says that man should lower their gaze.

  45. To understand the Holy Quran, you must have a pure heart; it's something bigger than you; it's the words of God, you're living an illusion.

  46. Samina did a very good job in narrating a story and making sound interesting. Yet there are HUGE flaws in her narrative.

    Covering the head by wearing a veil (or hijab) is NOT a Muslim practice. It is a Jewish practice that was passed on through the ages to Christians and Muslims adopted it. Christian women entering into the service of God (AKA becoming a nun) have a dress code. Interestingly, they cover all their body head to feet while showing only the face and hands. That is pretty much how a Muslim woman should dress in public. Orthodox Jews of the Ultra wing also have a dress code in which they cover all the body including the head. In order not to be mistaken with Muslims, they adopted wearing wigs.

    Therefore, it was the Christians and the Jewish before them who had this dress code and Islam adopted it to reinforce that it was a continuity of the two other monolithic faiths. The exaggerations of the Hijab which is to wear gloves or a burka (or niqab) is purely related to society. For example, Muslim women who wear the Hijab in Albania do not wear the Burka; which is more a tradition in Afghanistan (in the Taliban era) or in some areas of Pakistan today.

    Samina correctly mentioned that Mohammad’s first wife (whose name was Khadija) was a merchant but she forgot to mention that Khadija married him before he received his ministry and before Islam was born. The point here is that when Islam arrived into Arabian society it started making changes. So it is incorrect to say that it was under Islam Khadija had all the liberties of being “CEO” and asking Mohammad marriage. The question of whether Islam improved the social status of women or not is open to debate and the “clerics” she throws the blame on are just merely pawns in this chess game.

    Samina also correctly mentioned that another wife of Mohammad (her name was Ayesha by the way) went to battle. Samina yet again forgot to mention that Ayesha headed a small group of supporters in open revolt over the Caliphate Succession more than twenty years AFTER Mohammad’s death. This incident did not take place during Mohammad’s lifetime and so once again, we cannot assume that he would have vetted or vetoed such actions by women (especially his wives) in the Islamic society. Muslim women DID contribute in most battles nursing the wounded and that was surely enough, more than heroic of them. But I am sorry to say, “Muslim Women Warriors” did not exist as it may have sounded during her narrative.

    Arab Society was liberal and Islam, just like any religion with it's code of conduct exercised limitations on certain (not all) liberties of the time. The most used example: Arab men before Islam had the liberty to marry as many women as they pleased. Islam limited it to four. Inheritance law is another example. Before Islam, only women of status would inherit. Islam dictated that all get to inherit. The 2:1 share ratio where men get 2 shares and women get 1 is still a question of debate among scholars today. Islam did not abolish Slavery but encouraged freeing slaves. Just for the record; it was man-made laws that abolished it and not Godly ones.

    Back to the Hijab and the dress code. Christian Women who wish to enter into the service of God will take on a dress code. They will wear the same clothes when working and when they are in public when not within the walls of their Convents. They neither feel ashamed nor do they feel insecure about how they look.

    If a Muslim woman takes on the Hijab then she has decided to complete part of her faith. It should not matter what the dress code looks like or if it conforms with the latest fashion trends or not. Samina ridicules the problem and makes it appear to be some bad clerics (they do exist) interpreting the Koran to their liking. That is the outermost crust of the issue. The real issue is about freedom of choice.

    Do the women in the Muslim world enjoy freedom of choice? If they don’t; is it an Islam problem or a local problem to the country they live in? Let’s take the Albania-Afghanistan example one more time. During the Taliban era, Women in Afghanistan were forced to cover up completely including the face. In Albania no dress code is forcible by law. Both countries are Muslim countries or majority Muslim to say the least. Therefore, we can safely assume that the dress code issue is pertinent to the country and not the religion.

    The paragon here is that Albanian women are free to wear what they want. So if an Albanian woman chooses to be more observant of her religion, she would happily conform with the Hijab. Whether the Hijab meant cover up completely or wear a see through top and a miniskirt should not matter at all.

    Sadly, Afghani women do not have that choice and so rather to blame it on some clerics that lived and died hundreds of years ago, would it not make sense to ACCEPT that Hijab is what it is and that if a Muslim woman wishes not to wear it then shouldn't we all fight for that woman's basic right of being free to choose?

    Samina’s presentation was great; her content misinforming and poor.

  47. She needs to educate herself. If she does not want to hijab. she is free to do so. but she should not twist the history or information about religion. Islam gives freedom to women but it also puts responsibilities

  48. First of all she should have came out wearing a hijab she not cover her body in modesty. Surah 5 in the Quran tells a woman to cover her head. I would like for her to have debate on this topic with sheikh Khalid Yasin.

  49. May God save us from the saitan. As soon as I see this video name saitan come in mind, may God save us.

    All comments here seems to be from the same group using different name and I'd. Wowww how we abuse technology and knowledge

  50. Interestingly, we are expected to believe that "God" gave instructions on what the women should wear and somehow forgot to mention that slavery is immoral. Yeah right!?!?!?

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