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Command of Hijab

Reader comment on item: A Madrassah in Bridgeview, Illinois

Submitted by Annie (United States), Jun 29, 2011 at 09:20

Mr. Daniel Pipes,

... See, those covered girls are following the command of hijab, as prescribed in their holy book. All the female students wear headcoverings also in accordance with hijab. And in Islam, it seems like they prefer to simply prevent sin, than ask forgiveness for it. So in order to prevent impure thoughts in either sex, yes, they will seperate the two. That high school senior? I'm not sure what to say, other than if he wants to live in this country, he's going to have to learn how to deal with immodest people. And you know, are you trying to say that every other teenage boy doesn't have this problem?

When I was in high school 2 years ago, there was a lot of cleavage, a lot of bare midriff, and lots of bare leg. So I'm sure my male classmates found it incredibly difficult to concentrate, just as the mentioned boy does. And you know what else, as a young woman, I'm also tired of the immodesty and the attitude in this country. In high school, it was incredibly difficult to concentrate because everybody (both male and female) came to school dressed like they were going clubbing, and it's very hard to not stare at people who are purposely attracting attention. But as a result, I've become very good at averting my eyes and simply ignoring people. And when my mother (who is probably from your generation, by the way) forced me into something other than jeans, t-shirts, or sweatshirts (she thinks that I look like a hobo, even with no wrinkles in my clothes, my hair brushed, and my face washed), I received a lot of unwelcome attention and it was very difficult to concentrate because I was constantly worrying about my clothing.

I might have found it a little easier to interact with my female classmates if half of them weren't shoving their bosoms in my face with how low-cut their shirts were. And I might have found it easier to interact with my male classmates if all of them didn't dress and act like they were entitled to anything and everything (namely, sexual relations with every girl in the school). As for your 4th bullet point, now you're just taking shots at them. Doesn't every minority out there demand special priviledges? How many Muslims have tried to open a business or get a job after 9/11 and are denied because they are noticeably Muslim (a headscarf for a woman or kufi for a man)?

The most common reason for white Americans being denied a job is probably because they're not qualified (I haven't talked to every person who was denied a job after 9/11, have you?). But because (they) ... make Muslims the enemy, I would not be surprised at all if an employer created reasons to NOT hire a Muslim applicant. Muslims and non-Muslims as seperate populations? Well they are. You would never catch a God-fearing Muslim woman in a swimsuit (anything other than a "burqini") or a short-sleeved shirt (without arm covers). Muslims are told in the Quran that if they act like the unbelievers, then they are an unbeliever. And being called an unbeliever in Islam is a horrific offense (namely that you'll burn in hell). And that student is not incorrect, the 2 cultures are very different.



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