Skip to main content

The Freedom To Wear Hijab For Muslim Women


What an interesting idea to write about muslim women's freedom to wear hijab! It's World Hijab Day, February 1st, so I'm going to talk about how muslim women celebrate their freedom in wearing hijab.

I should thank Allah for what He has Given us here in Indonesia: a freedom to wear hijab in almost all work spaces. We can find hijabis almost everywhere. They may be students, teachers, civil servants, police officers, doctors, lecturers, etc.

Back to years when wearing hijab was still very 'dangerous' here. Some hijabis couldn't go to school unless they took off their hijabs. Some muslim girls couldn't reach their dream jobs because they wore hijabs. Some ought to obey the rules of their work place and did an on-and-off in wearing hijabs.

I myself faced hard years as a hijabi. Even my Daddy (Allahu yarham - May Allah Loves him) didn't agree at first and said that I would take it on just for several days. My Dad said,  "Quran says that hijab is better but to wear usual cloths are just one level below it: good. That way, wearing non-hijab isn't bad."

My Daddy were wrong. The verse he meant was Al-A'raf (chapter 7) verse 26 below:

"O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness -  that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember."

I cried inside my heart, hoping that my Daddy would understand.  Alhamdulillah, later he became one of the best protectors I had in wearing hijab.

It's understandable now why he once refused my hijab. He was a national air force officer at the moment. And it's no secret that there was a bad islamophobia inside the institution around 20 years ago (long before 9/11 attack). I felt the pressure of being a hijabi as we lived in the air force housing complex. I can say there were only a few muslimah dared to wear hijab.

At that time you couldn't get your driving license (even if you had passed the test) if you wore hijab. You must put your hijab off. You ought to sign a specific letter when you put your photograph with hijab for your graduation certificate. How sad. But, alhamdulillah, slowly but sure, Allah's Will, hijabis started to be seen here and there and gained their freedom little by little.

What about now? We really should thank Allah, there is no problem to wear hijab. The biggest matter now is how and when we wear it. There are great quantity of hijabis. But the quality? We should question it.

Many students wear hijab to schools but they put it off immediately right after they get home. They change their clothes to shirts, show their hands, legs and hair off. They do it as if it's no sin to wear hijab on-and-off. How pity.

Not only students who do that. Many, many muslim women do the same. They go to work wearing hijab, then put it off when they get home. I say, hijab is just like a uniform for such muslim women. Double sad.

So, could the word 'freedom' mean different for them? Could it be "free to choose between wearing it or unwearing it". Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. I hope I'm wrong. I hope they are struggling to find  ways to wear hijab everytime they go.


What about other hijab stories from other Muslimah Bloggers around the globe? Find out in these links:

What Happened When I Put A Scarf On

My Hijab Story - Tag World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day: Psychological Implications for Women Who Face Hijab Prejudice

World Hijab Day - Celebrating Muslimahs

World Hijab Day & Giveaway

Hijab Doesn't Make Us Different - Live and Let Live World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day - My Hijab Story

That Thing On Your Head



Comments

  1. Mashallah! What bravery sister to wear it when it was so hard! May Allah reward you for your efforts x

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow! I had no idea it was so hard to wear hijab in Indonesia yars back. I was shocked. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. WOW. I always find it amusing when the countries with the highest population of Muslims or Muslim dominated countries have certain and strict views about wearing the hijab. If Muslim countries are like this, then is there any hope for Western countries? Where freedom of choice is preached. Although, you said that compared to before wearing the hijab has become more of a norm, do you think there are still certain mind-sets or sectors which have the traditional view? May Allah (SWT) make all of our journey's easy. Lots of love,
    Ramshaa Rose
    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  4. I never knew it was hard like this years back in Indonesia! Alhamdulilah for everything!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for taking next step with me. I'm glad to hear from you. Please drop any comments here.

Popular posts from this blog

Purity And Prayer: An Islamic Children Rhyming Picture Book

In my younger years I once loved listening to nasheed (Islamic songs). Many songs I listened and memorized from groups of male to female nasheed group. I even handled a group of nasheed during my college years about 20 years ago. The rise of Islamic living was about to blossom at the moment. Hijabis had been started to appear here and there in campus.
Nasheed changed the way I spent my time. The guilty feeling of listening to music became smaller. I don't listen to music anymore now (gonna tell you later about it insha Allah) but nasheed was one good choice for me.
What I liked the most from nasheed is the rhyme. I am quite an auditory learner so I found rhyming is so much fun. It is more fun when comes to learning something. Kindergartens learn things through songs and rhymes as well.
What about learning Islam through rhymes? I have a great news! Book publisher, Prolance, has released a book called Purity & Prayer: Rhyming Picture Book of Sacred Rulings by Ameena Bint Abdir …

Bringing My One-Year-Old Son to Masjid for the First Time

On that fajr time, my first and second son opened the door to go to masjid for fajr salah. Suddenly my one-year-old son cried. He wanted to go with his brothers. I refused his wish, worrying he might be bothering other people by his cries or screams. But, my husband suggested me to bring him. So I walked to masjid with my son in my arms.

I entered the masjid, standing behind some ladies doing their qabliyah fajr salah, waiting for the iqamah. I chose the second row which was the last row of the ladies' area. I still held my son in my arms and he seemed to enjoy the moment.

The salah began. I was lucky there was only a lady at the left meaning that I wasn't in the middle of the row. I was afraid that my son would cry or something because he often did that everytime I do salah at home. I don't know why he behaves like that. Is this mukena (salah cloth) frightenes him? Or is it my flat expression during salah makes him scary?


At masjid I did the takbiratul ihram with one han…

Nanni's Hijab: A Book For Young Hijabis

Hijab is not only a kind of fashion. It is also an identity. That is why many muslim families introduce the wearing of hijab for their daughters as early as possible. Just like Nanni.
Nanni is a little muslim girl who loves to wear hijab to school. Not only loves wearing hijab but she also has many beautiful hijabs that her class mates adore. What so unique about her hijabs is she creates a specific schedule to wear them.
Red hijabs for Mondays, blue for Tuesdays, pink for Wednesdays, green for Thursdays, and purple hijabs for Fridays. How clever! Nanni never wears the same hijab twice!

One day, cheerful Nanni became very sad and embarassed because of her hijab. Oh, no, not the hijab. It was because of Leslie's bad act. Leslie, Nanni's new classmate, tried to bully her by made a mock of Nanni's hijab. She called the hijab 'he-job' and pulled Nanni's hijab off of Nanni's head.
Nanni was so sad and angry. She once thought to fight back, but Allah Showed her…