They Chant “Freedom”, Yet Impose Upon Us Their Opinions

They Chant “Freedom”, Yet Impose Upon Us Their Opinions

Sister Zehrah Naqvi with a few words about all those who claim to support freedom for women, yet look to impose their ideals on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re women in disguise,
yet our talent is in full guise.
We’re not judged by our appearance,
rather scrutinised for our beauty’s disappearance.
Where is this so-called liberation?
All we experience is anti-emancipation!
They chant “freedom”, yet impose upon us their own opinions.

Concerned with revealing our beauty,
they listen not to our Lord’s call of duty!   
Fearing for our “mental well-being”,
it is man that needs to start acting like a real human being.
Favoring women because of their appealing appearance,
yet disregarding others because of their lack of coherence.
They chant “freedom”, yet impose upon us their own opinions.

Teaching the young to avoid peer pressure,
the adults of the world continue to mark beauty as the measure.
Pirates are smart enough to hide their treasure,
 yet men dumb enough to expose women for pleasure.
Are women not treasures?
Not if considered from un-Islamic measures!
They chant “freedom”, yet impose upon us their own opinions.

Islam is slandered for keeping its treasures out of harm,
others appreciated for parading women around like animals on a farm
Allah taught us that women are best thought of as blessed,
Ya Allah! Society made it as though women are at their best when undressed.
They think we are mad for putting on a cover,
but we’ll tell you what’s bad: baring all before random others!  
They chant “freedom”, yet impose upon us their own opinions.

They call us ninjas and run a mock,
 the advantage is, dare look at us, and we’ll put you in a headlock!
All dressed in black, they call us bats,
but that’s ok, at least you can’t see our fat!
We cop critique for being mystique,
Oh good Lord, don’t they know every woman is unique?!
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

O women of the world, can you not see?  
Women are being symbolised and itemised.
Unless you appear beautified, consider yourself nullified.
They call it “equality”,
but let’s face reality.
Unless they like your hips,
they won’t listen to a thing coming out of your lips.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

Women are being abused,
not realising they are being used.
Then again, in this day and era, there is no modesty,
And with entire honesty,
women are being blinded,
so that they don’t take our examples while being open-minded.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

Only deserving of respect,
when appearing as perfect.
Women crave to be valued,
 even if it truly means to be devalued,
scorned at for putting on our armor,
at least we are not used under man’s power.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

Encouraged to remove our veils,
they swear they only sympathise,
 but we have courage to live our lives,
for in their faith Hijab is also emphasised.
But why are we so shocked by such lack of morals,
 It’s not as though they follow the Qur’an,
which treats women as delicate as floral.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

We cover up at the request of our Lord, a method of preservation,
we submit not to man’s desperation.
If intelligent people can agree to a woman’s exploitation,
 then why display grief when it is what leads to the molestation?
Slaves of creating lust,
we can’t believe you expose your busts!
Nudity is revolting,     
but in your opinion, modesty is truly faulting.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

We all seek attention, because we’re ladies,
but let me mention, the way not to do it,
is a bikini pose next to a Mercedes.
It doesn’t take a holy saint to realize,
that an unwrapped lolly will only attract those nasty flies.
We thank Allah for guiding us.
May he always protect us from those guys after us.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.

The beauty of being Muhajjib,
is entailed in the fact that it’s Wajib.
A mandatory protection which is so Divine,
there is no exception when it comes to women who are so fine.
All glory be to Allah,
He’s given us true freedom.
May we continue with our da’wah,
and not be influenced by their fake claims of liberation.
They chant “freedom” yet impose upon us their own opinions.
With Allah lies our complete submission.
and all that matters is winning His opinion.

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7 Comments

  1. Jamil
    July 06, 08:17
    May Allah reward you for your great poem!<br /><br />Salaam,<br /><br />Jamil
  2. Brandy
    July 06, 16:52
    Your poem is very well written.<br />It definitely expresses a perspective that is silenced.<br /><br />However, to say that wearing a hijab helps one to be judged without inclusion of appearance is just wrong because I've come to realize that people wearing hijabs are judged more than the regular person. Your poem is, in fact, about being judged for this simple fact.<br /><br />Should countries have the right to ban the use of hijabs, burqas, etc(France, Netherlands, ...)? Definitely not. It is a woman's right to portray herself how she pleases, be it completely covered or not covered at all.<br /><br />I believe that we attach stigmas to women who expose themselves; whore, attention seeker, etc. But I feel as though we've trivialized nudity so much to the point where we possess it. Posing nude is something that women can potentially be paid a lot of money for. Also, women are paid to advertise modesty through the use of concealing themselves. Anyway, my question to you is, why is it so important? Nudity is natural, is it not? That being said, I personally wouldn't run around the street nude claiming freedom and naturalism, ahha. I'd just like to hear your opinion.<br /><br />Also, I've been wondering about a man's role in this all. Why is it that men are not expected to cover up to the extent of women? Is it to be expected that a woman has a lesser sexual attraction to man? <br /><br />I know ideas such as these are not strictly written in the Quran and so we must come to our own conclusions. But I'd like to know your opinion, and don't just say "Allah has dictated that we be modest" or something like that. I want depth!<br /><br />Thank You!
  3. Zehrah Naqvi
    July 09, 20:23
    [quote]However, to say that wearing a hijab helps one to be judged without inclusion of appearance is just wrong because I've come to realize that people wearing hijabs are judged more than the regular person. [/quote] <br /><br />Of course, women who cover are indeed judged by the majority of society based on their veiled appearance. However, they are not judged based on their beauty or the lack thereof...but rather the fact that it is being concealed. <br /><br />[quote]I believe that we attach stigmas to women who expose themselves; whore, attention seeker, etc. But I feel as though we've trivialized nudity so much to the point where we possess it. Posing nude is something that women can potentially be paid a lot of money for. Also, women are paid to advertise modesty through the use of concealing themselves. [/quote]<br /><br />Surely people do wrongfully associate stigmas with women who expose themselves; these are universal stigmas that even the common non-Muslim man (whether from China or Bulgaria) would agree with. That just goes to show that while men enjoy beautiful/nude women they don’t exactly care about their personality/character and therefore fail to respect them. It’s not about trivialising things, but rather this is the reality of how society treats women.<br /><br />The bigger issue at hand though, is the fact that without really realising, women have become objects in society. The fact that women are willing to pose nude for “a lot of money” just goes to show how even women have adapted/adopted to the mindset that they are no more than objects that can be looked at, used and then thrown away, all for monetary benefits. Women are slaves of creating lust. They can't really help but think it is the right/acceptable thing to do.<br /><br />[quote]Anyway, my question to you is, why is it so important? Nudity is natural, is it not? That being said, I personally wouldn't run around the street nude claiming freedom and naturalism, ahha. I'd just like to hear your opinion.[/quote] <br /><br />Thankfully you do realise/appreciate some of the benefits of concealing one’s self as you personally “wouldn’t run around the street nude claiming freedom and naturalism” (good idea!)<br /><br />The concealment of a female's beauty has and continues to be observed by non-Islamic communities around the world. Since ancient times women covering up has meant one main thing: modesty. Not only do the Christian and Jewish faiths emphasis hijab but even agnostic societies in the earlier centuries had women dress in a similar way in order to be "less revealing" (e.g. wearing long dresses with small caps/head scarfs). Covering up also symbolises respect. In many tribes and other indigenous societies existing today, the tribal leader's wife/partner is seen to be decently and modestly dressed in comparison to other women in the community, as exposing oneself in that way is considered humiliating and immodest. <br /><br />Furthermore, it is a common observation that it is mostly the beautiful and physically attractive women who put themselves on display, while, the not so perfect women are more insecure and avoid revealing themselves (and this is when most women jump on the "women-who-reveal-themselves-are-show-offs-and-attention-seekers" bandwagon). This creates a sense of superiority and inferiority of women, in the eyes of men...and this is SOLEY based on their physical appearances. <br /><br />Also, many women and teenage girls who are obsessed with making themselves more beautiful because they want to achieve that "superiority" in the eyes of men, that it may in fact actually lead to physical harm. (this is one of the main causing agents of anorexia and poor health as well as depression and other psychological issues which female teenagers face today.)<br /><br /> Another reason for observing hijab is that men are the “stronger” and more “powerful” gender. Statistics show that abuse, domestic violence and the mistreatment of women is around about 98% worse than the mistreatment of men. And, of the tiny amount of men who are s**ually abused and harassed, it's mostly other men who do it to them, not women. Due to this imbalance of the physical abilities and strength between the genders, the hijab also serves as protection for women. To dress modestly and conceal one's beauty is MUCH less in inviting to men in comparison to putting everything out there in front of them, and expecting them not to take advantage of such "pleasures". <br /><br />“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better and most convenient, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed and molested. Allah is ever Forgiving, Most Merciful. (33:59)”
  4. Zehrah Naqvi
    July 09, 20:25
    [quote][b]But why is modesty and hijab so important you ask?[/b][/quote] <br /><br />Besides the "I want to be modest and I want self-respect" aspect of hijab (that doesn't fly too well with today's society as it only appeals those who are concerned with their personal morals and values), one of the major reasons of observing hijab is to PREVENT men from exploiting women, and this is how:<br />Generally, there are 2 types of men:<br /><br />1.) Men who like to use their partners as a trophy and show off to other men how beautiful and attractive their lady is. <br /><br />2.) Men who become quite defensive when other men lay their eyes on their lady and would rather that their women covered up (because the gazes of random men around the world are uncontrollable). <br /><br />This goes for ALL men, regardless of them faith or ethnicity. Now, when a man has a wife who covers he obviously knows the beauty of her concealing her beauty and respects women. He won't favour, give more importance and superiority to appealing women, and he won't disregard and think the not-so-attractive women are "inferior". Therefore he ideally wont be "checking out" OTHER women, whether this be at work, in the supermarket, on TV, in newspapers and magazines etc. Women love the idea of their partner giving them their undivided attention and teaching a man to respect and value other women and not give them attention (or the lack there of) based on appearance, and a hijabi woman achieves just that. <br /><br />On the other end of the spectrum, those men who like to use their wives as trophies are often found to be "checking out" OTHER women, as other men get to check out his partner. Amazingly, most women will throw a jealousy fit even at the thought of their partner looking/speaking/flirting with other attractive women...but on the other hand, these same women think it's perfectly ok for them to be parading around immodestly dressed for every man around to see. So if the same woman is jealous of her husband looking at other women, yet, at the same time believes that it is her god given right to display her nude natural self and beauty in public...it doesn’t take a genius to realise that we have a dog-chase-tail scenario. <br /><br />The benefits of hijab in a relationship are that the partners are able to trust each other to a greater extent and therefore they are more loyal to each other. The chances of either partner "cheating" on the other are lower AND the man will have more respect for his wife and her beauty because he will learn to appreciate its preciousness and sacredness. In return, the wife get's that extra TLC care that she craves and we have the almost perfect couple right there! <br />
  5. Zehrah Naqvi
    July 09, 20:27
    [quote]Also, I've been wondering about a man's role in this all. Why is it that men are not expected to cover up to the extent of women? Is it to be expected that a woman has a lesser sexual attraction to man?[/quote] <br /> <br />Are men as physically attractive as women? Nope. Shave a man's hair off and he will look almost the same. Shave Miss Universe's hair off and the chances are most men will run away. Men simply aren’t anywhere near as beautiful as women (no offense guys!). While physical appearance does play a role, women are attracted to the opposite gender in different ways too. <br /><br />For example, if the best looking guy in this world said to a girl that she is a monstrous and ugly girl, would the girl still "like" him? Probably not. If the world's best looking woman said that to a guy, would he still have an insane crush on her? Most likely. Because, beauty attracts and consumes men while emotional support and TLC attracts and consumes women.<br /><br />There are literally thousands of theories which describe the effect of the words "I love you" and it's almost always found that saying that to a woman can make a woman completely "melt" and submit herself to a man where as a woman saying that to a man doesn't even have half the effect. She needs to be physically appealing to him in order for him to "love her", as most researches have concluded. <br /><br />My understanding of such research findings is that women do not possess an equal physical attraction to men because emotional attraction plays a major role. That said, this is also one of the reasons why men don’t need to cover, because a man can't entirely attract another woman to himself without her considering the emotional factor whereas a man can completely submit himself to a gorgeous woman. <br /><br />But, to think a man is free from observing any form of hijab is incorrect. Because men are expected to observe several forms of hijab, the main one being by lowering their gazes and refraining from enjoining in the universal exploitation of women, their beauty and respect. To a lot of women it seems like men have the better end of the deal, but many guys who I’ve discussed this with say that it would be MUCH easier for them to observe a stricter physical hijab in comparison to the hijab of their eyes. The other form of hijab for men is the social hijab, which is to prevent men from flirting and unnecessarily being emotionally appealing to women…and this goes for women too.
  6. Zehrah Naqvi
    July 09, 20:38
    [i]Lastly[/i], a lot of people think that a woman observing hijab is a man's way of controlling her. However, my experiences of wearing the hijab have proved that I in fact have control over other men as I choose what they do and don't get to see of my beauty, and they absolutely hate it. <br /> <br />Wearing hijab at a co-ed elementary school made me realise that it was in fact the male students who had "issues" with me covering. Some boys would attempt to remove my hijab because they believed it was their god given right to see MY beauty! "Why should I not be able to see what your hair looks like?! Show me or I will force you to show me!!". Others would say things like "I think you should take it off because then everyone would get to see the pretty version of you" and "Why are you so scared of looking cute? Take it off and then all of boys will call you cute!". These are the remarks of boys under the age of 12, and I still get such "advice" from random men in public today...all of these males believe they have the right to force me to reveal what I have concealed. Some justify it as curiosity, but the reality is that males in society have forced women to display any and all forms of beuty which they possess, solely for their pleasure. <br /> <br />The reasons why I stick by my hijab is the fact that I've come to realise the infinite list of benefits of protecting myself from men and society. I wasn't forced to wear hijab and I won't be forced to take it off. As a female who has been covering from a very young age, I know that when I do uncover it's super special because I simply don't let every random Tom, Dick and Harry take a bite of my beauty. It's all saved up for my family and loved ones and that's when the attention seeker within me truly shines. Some will frown at such a statement, but I think it's the strength of all hijabis to be able to only crave attention from the right sources and it is the weakness of other women who crave and desperately seek attention from any and all sources while disregarding their self-respect, dignity and preciousness in the process.<br /> <br />[quote]I know ideas such as these are not strictly written in the Quran and so we must come to our own conclusions. But I'd like to know your opinion, and don't just say "Allah has dictated that we be modest" or something like that. I want depth![/quote] <br /><br />Allah never dictates anything without logic; and one thing that He has made clear is that each gender has a unique role which works in conjunction with each other, in order to achieve ultimate efficiency between the genders. There is no superior or inferior gender, for that case, there is no “equality” between them either, but rather there is equity and individuality. We are not the same as men, and men are not the same as us. Women possess qualities, attributes, abilities and beauties that men don’t have and men possess qualities, attributes, abilities and beauties that women don’t have. Anyone who disagrees is facing some form of denial. And this is the reason why it is mandatory for both men and women to observe hijab, but in slightly different forms. <br /><br />[quote] “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.” (24:30) <br /><br />“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may attain Bliss and succeed.” (24:31) [/quote] <br /><br />Thank you for the comments and questions, please feel free to do so more regularly. [b]I hope this is enough depth for you?[/b] <br />:-)

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