Dissecting the Feministic Discourse on Hijab
An exceptionally profitable business worth billions of dollars depends upon the relationship between the lustfulness of men and the women who publicly expose their physical charms.
The top law court of European Union ruled on 14th March 2017; “Employers are entitled to ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols” which includes hijab. Is this merely a pointer that Europe has started to enshrine Islamophobia into law, started by France in 2010 and now by European Court? Or the champions of Secularists and Liberals aspire to remove the Muslim woman from the manacles of Muslim Patriarchy? Or it is a fear in the hearts of West for a simple piece of cloth on a woman’s head? Or it is a murky game which is now being played in the name of Feminism and their rights for their survival and the survival of their business? The term ‘Hijab’ used in Islamic jurisprudence that represents the behaviour of unrelated men and women towards one another, and their dress code, is modesty. Some people define “Hijab” as head dress and the overall clothing of Muslim women. However, Islam believes in decency and modesty in the interaction between members of the opposite sex.
There is a verse in the Holy Quran which tells about the decency of a woman. Allah says, “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; (Al-Quran 24:31).
Now the question arises that if it is nothing but a religious obligation on Muslims to lower their gaze and guard their modesty. Then, why is it so, that all Liberalists and Secularists persistently harping on the tune of getting the women out of their homes, in order to make them a sign of flash and fascination for the public? None of them has any complaint if someone regularly performs his religious obligations such as praying, fasting, reciting the Holy Quran, paying Zakat and performing Hajj. But the moment they see some woman who started to cover their body and wear hijab, they jump criticizing her, labeling her as conservative, traditional and regressive. Feminists and the Western media often portray hijab as a symbol of oppression and slavery of women. Saeed Akhtar Rezavi in his book “On Modesty,” writes that, when the Europeans penetrated the interior of Africa a century ago, they found some tribes who went about naked. They forced the tribes to wear clothes as a mark of Civilization. Now, these advocates of ‘Civilization’ are themselves discarding their clothes in the name of Feminism and Woman rights. One often wonders if the ‘primitive tribes’ of the last century were more civilized merely on the basis of not having covered their body than the rest of the world. It is ironic how could they claim themselves to be the civilized and “God father of Woman rights” by forcing women to do away the covering of their body which they have chosen by their own choice and not by force.
There were only three plastic surgeons in India in the year when Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai won the titles of Miss World and Miss Universe. Now India ranks fourth in the world after United States, Brazil and China, with having 2000 plastic surgeons according to 2010 report, and now it is more than five thousand
One needs to wonder on the reasons why they are enforcing such kind of laws which are unacceptable not only for the Muslims but for the Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Hindus etc. An exceptionally profitable business worth billions of dollars depends upon the relationship between the lustfulness of men and the women who publicly expose their physical charms. This business booms through beauty products and carries on to flourish in the form of the fashion industry, media, advertising, dress designing, porn movies and the global mafia of prostitution. Hundreds of Multi-national companies are busy all over the world in the manufacturing of hair dyes, shampoos and lotions for making the hair straight, curly and attractive and give a seductive look to legs and arms when they are shown in public. Each and every bit of the body from the nails of the feet to the hair on the head is being used in the market for business purposes.
Orya Maqbool Jan a famous columnist from Pakistan writes that the International beauty contest is the culmination of all these things. Whenever the woman of some region is declared Miss World, all the women of that region are deliberately intoxicated with the charm of these contests. There were only three plastic surgeons in India in the year when Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai won the titles of Miss World and Miss Universe. Now India ranks fourth in the world after United States, Brazil and China, with having 2000 plastic surgeons according to 2010 report, and now it is more than five thousand. According to 2012 report, it is estimated that Revenue which comes from the cosmetics globally is $244.8 billion dollars, and alone U.S.A is having revenue $54.89 dollars in 2012 and which rises to $62.46 billion dollars. Indian cosmetics industry currently estimated at $950 million is likely to reach $2.68 billion by 2020. Women were also sold as a beauty product in the market, and in huge pornographic industry with an annual income of billions of dollars.
It is not easy to find data regarding the scale of the prostitution market, but estimations from Havocscope indicated that prostitution revenue can be estimated around $186.00 billion worldwide. In Germany it is worth €14.5 billion per year nationally, in U.S.A. it is $13.33 billion, in China it si $ 27.40 billion, in South Korea $25.73, in Japan $19.73, in the Netherlands, the numbers range between €400 and €600 million and in Spain around €18 billion per year. According to a report published in 2012, prostitution is a global phenomenon and involves around 40-42 million people of which 90% are dependent on a procurer. 75% of them are between 13 and 25 years old. The prostitution market is a highly globalised and “industrialised” phenomenon where millions of women and children from deprived backgrounds all over the world are bought and sold by criminal circles to macro brothels which can exploit hundreds of victims at once. In United States alone, 325,000 girls expose their bodies for the sake of nude pictures and videos. It is estimated that there are 4.2 million Pornographic websites 420 million Pornographic pages and 42.7% Internet users who view porn globally. Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is considered one of the most lucrative illicit businesses in Europe, with criminal groups making about $3 billion from it per year. Human trafficking for sexual exploitation includes exploitation in prostitution and pornography. Girls belonging to the areas hit by war, hunger, poverty and disease are mostly dumped into this obnoxious business. But this process continues unchecked and unrestricted because on it a huge industry worth billions of dollars is running.
The women who decides to cover their face and guard their modesty is, therefore, targeted by the Secularists, Intellectuals, Feminists and Liberalists backed and funded by Capitalist Mafias of this whole business.
Author is a Doctoral Candidate at Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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