The Media’s Portrayal of Islam and the Hijab

Time, folks, tradition, society, and the setting we’re surrounded by, can produce the formation of many views relating to a problem that we see in at this time’s society. Considered one of many controversial subjects is Islam and the Hijab. Many questions and generalisations are sometimes fashioned within the minds of many non-Muslims regarding the ideas behind the Hijab via the affect of the media.

All through the years of battle between the “West” and “Islam”, the media has strongly altered the minds of non-Muslims by damaging exploitation of Islam, and Muslims, particularly on Muslim girls. Misconceptions comparable to, “Are you bald beneath” “Do you fall asleep with that on?” to the affiliation of “terrorism” that contrasts to what Muslim girls consider the Hijab represents.

A typical false impression is “the Islamic Hijab is one thing cultural, not non secular”. The usage of the phrase “cultural” is defective when describing the Hijab because it implies that it’s a results of customs and practices which might be one thing separate from Islam. The cultural costume is referred to the traditional Pre-Islamic Period (Jahiliyah). It’s the veil from the Pre-Islamic Period that’s thought-about as “conventional” which stops girls from contributing in society. Quite the opposite, the Islamic Hijab just isn’t thought-about as a casual custom, nor does it decrease her self-respect. The Hijab is aimed toward presenting girls with poise and equality in society. An instance of Pre-Islamic period in our trendy world is the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban are a celebration who regard such actions un-Islamic for ladies, who’re prohibited from exercising their major rights. The Taliban have banned girls from employment outdoors the house, aside from the well being sector, and have terminated schooling for ladies.

Prophet Mohammad (peace & blessings be upon him) mentioned, “Looking for data is incumbent upon each Muslim”. Even Henry VIII forbid girls to check the Bible when the primary English translations began appearing. It is an irony though the Taliban declare their guiding philosophy on girls are in place to make sure the bodily safety and self-respect of ladies, the place as, many Afghan girls have been killed, crushed and publicly hung. For a lot of Afghan girls worry of being severely punished by the Taliban is their essential safety concern.

One other false impression is “Muslim girls haven’t any proper in Islam”. Islam gave girls rights over 1400 years in the past, which continues to be ignored by many Muslims and non-Muslims at this time. Firstly, Islam has given girls the essential proper to freedom of speech. Within the early days of Islam, the leaders of the Islamic state relating to authorized points consulted girls. Rights that have been appointed to Muslim girls because the starting of time are solely simply surfacing for non-Muslims. In Islam, a lady is free to be whom she is inside, and shielded from being portrayed as a intercourse image and lusted after. Islam praises the standing of a lady by commanding that she “enjoys equal rights to these of man in every little thing, she stands on an equal footing with man” (Qur’an, Nadvi: 11) and each share mutual rights and obligations in all points of life.

Many ladies are handled in methods removed from Islamic beliefs, but within the title of Islam. The Taliban is an instance of a cultural and political title that has been branded with Islam. There isn’t any freedom for ladies if they’re imprisoned of their house within the title of the Hijab and Islam. Furthermore, the veil of Islam just isn’t related to the veil of oppression.

Ladies which might be regaining their id and function in society, at the moment are sporting the Hijab and are embracing its idea of liberation. They’re taking their lawful locations that Islam had awarded them fourteen hundred years in the past. In truth, the western girls had no rights nor did they’ve rights over their husband. Not solely have been lady the property of their husband however so have been their possessions. In 1919 girls in England fought for his or her rights to be elected to parliament. Due to their calls for, they have been imprisoned by the federal government and suffered vastly. It was not till the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when girls got these rights.

A quote from the Qur’an in Surah 2: 26 states:

“And for ladies has rights over males, much like these of males over girls.”

The background historical past between Islam and the West will shed some mild as to why Muslims are portrayed so negatively within the media. Some sturdy contributing components are the medieval western battle, the crusades, the oil disaster of the 1970’s, the Lebanese civil battle, the Iranian revolution, the Gulf battle, and the explosive Israeli-Palestinian battle, the September 11 bombings, the Bali Bloodbath and the London bombings. All these occasions have prompted Islam to be persistently related to violence and unresolved battle. Moreover, the view of Muslims as being violent usually explains why Muslims are seen to determine a menace to the West. One of the crucial efficient methods the media makes an attempt to one way or the other forestall Islam being seen in a optimistic body is to develop propaganda in opposition to Muslims and Islam.

The media is ready to use the Hijab as a way of exploiting Muslim girls, and degrading them. The media assumes, in some circumstances, that the actions of 1 Muslim are representations of the overall Muslim inhabitants. That is generalisation. This units a instance for members of society to abuse and degrade them.

A picture of a Muslim lady sporting the chador was labelled as “like demise out for a stroll” within the Australian Journal, 25-26 Jan. 1995 subject. The media implied to find the place of ladies in Islamic society as dominated. The picture additionally portrayed the distinction between Muslim and Western Ladies in at this time’s society.

In present affair applications, folks watching are bombarded with photos of Muslims as savage terrorists, killing harmless folks with no regret. What outcomes from that is the viewers of those applications, recognise and settle for solely the labels, and due to this fact with Islam instantly associating it with damaging photos.

I requested a resident from Parramatta, who wished to be saved nameless if “the September 11th bombings altered their thoughts about Islam and Muslim girls?” He mentioned “I by no means knew Islam and the Qur’an preached terrorism. It has made me conscious of Islam and the teachings. It elevated my consciousness of the complexities of Islam and politics within the Center East together with the veiling of Muslim girls”. This reply reveals how influential the media is in direction of its viewers.

All through the western society, the observe of Muslim girls sporting the Hijab has resulted in excessive factors of view in direction of their so-called “oppression” and lack of freedom. Regardless of the plain portrayal of Muslim girls and myths that encompass it comparable to; “Muslim girls are oppressed”, there continues to be an abundance of Western girls reverting to Islam. What Islam makes use of to guard girls is the Hijab. That is ironic as a result of the Western media usually painting the Muslim veil as a suppressive power in a lady’s life.

Each Muslim lady is required to put on a shawl or some type of head overlaying and loose-fitting, modest apparel. This isn’t a way of controlling a lady’s sexuality or suppressing her however moderately, a way for defense. It implies by dressing this fashion she won’t be seen as a mere intercourse image however can be appreciated for her mind. Moreover, it won’t topic her to harassment. It’s fascinating to state the top overlaying for ladies just isn’t an Islamic innovation however was additionally practiced by Judeo-Christian girls centuries earlier, and but is laughed at by the West at this time.

Naima Omar, a scholar of College of Western Sydney says “It’s humorous to say the identical veil worn by catholic nuns for God is despised and introduced as an emblem of subjection and domination when it’s worn by Muslim girls for the intention to guard themselves and devoting themself to God”.

The time period Islam means “submission to the need of Allah” and “peace”. Muslims consider Islam just isn’t a faith however a present that has been awarded to them. They consider Islam is the lifestyle and that’s harmonious nonetheless the media portrays the other.

Maria Moskovakis, 18, a Greek Orthodox says “sure in fact Muslims are introduced negatively within the information. An motion by one Muslim is introduced with a lot bias. If one Muslim commits against the law, it’s not the individual however the faith introduced that goes to trial. What we hear and see is all managed.

As El-Gharib (1996-97) famous, tv, books, newspapers, and magazines are used to current Islam as being a backward and barbaric faith. It has been seen as oppressive and unjust; and greater than this, it’s seen as being most oppressive to girls. These varied types of media misrepresent Islam in several methods, nonetheless largely obtain the identical damaging consequence – the creation of a rising barrier of bewilderment and hostility between Islam and it is followers, and the West.

Muslims have an obligation to fulfil which is to coach themselves, their kids to achieve data which is ordained upon them no matter their race, gender and marital standing and so forth.

A Hasan Hadith narrated by Ibn Majah within the Qur’an states:

“Looking for data is an obligation on each Muslim” and due to this fact gaining data is thought to be an act of worship. Stopping any Muslim from gaining an schooling no matter age and intercourse just isn’t Islamic.

Dr Homer of Sweden was requested by the United Nations in 1975 to check the standing of Ladies within the Arab international locations and mentioned: “It’s the Swedish lady who ought to demand her freedom, as the ladies within the Arab international locations has already reached the height of her freedom beneath Islam.” From “Standing Of Ladies In Islam” web page 23.

Many have turn out to be used to believing the false info that they’re spoon fed each time they activate the display screen, take heed to the radio or open a newspaper.

Supply by Derya Goren

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