What does modesty mean for Muslim men? How is it similar or different from Muslim women? Taking a closer look at religious practice it becomes apparent that contrary to misguided perceptions, modesty in Islam is incumbent on all Muslims.
While the misperception that hijab is oppressive to Muslim women exists, the true meaning of hijab suggests the opposite. Hijab is widely deemed as liberating to Muslim women – freeing them from the objectification of their bodies.
As a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf herself, Syed is particularly concerned with the misconceptions of Muslim women who choose to cover their hair and dress modestly.
“After 9/11, I noticed people were confused, not wanting to learn but just going on what they see in the media,” said Syed, 36. “The impression it leaves is … that Muslim women are being oppressed, suppressed, abused and forced on — everything that Islam does not stand for. Islam respects women.
Join Jewish and Muslims groups for the critically acclaimed play “Unveiled” on Sunday, March 7 at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. This compelling one-woman show about Muslim women in a post-9/11 world beautifully interweaves the topics of racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, tea, culture, language, life, and hope. Facilitated discussions will take place afterward.
Topic: A Muslim Woman’s Guide to Her Civil Rights
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