1. February is “World Hijab Day”. Activists from the USA created the day to life, their opinion about the veiling of women in Islam. For many people the headscarf is a Symbol of oppression and segregation, there were many Muslim women who wear it voluntarily. Preparation of the non-profit organization self-proclaimed day, the organizers launched a campaign on Twitter.
they called on their Followers to post a Selfie of you holding a sign with the Hashtag #FreeInHijab in the camera – so “freely in the head cloth”. You should also explain in the Post, how is the headscarf a Symbol of freedom in personal life. Some of the Muslims involved in the action overall, but the call backfired.
Please take a selfie holding a sign with the hashtag #FreeInHijab. In the caption, tell us how you are free in a #hijab. Inbox your picture with the caption or send it to us using this link: https://t.co/eSK1SJGPJg #WorldHijabDay pic.twitter.com/5CQkE5RjwM
— World HijabDay (@WorldHijabDay) December 28, 2018
World Hijab Day: Is the headscarf a Symbol of freedom or oppression?
The clear Majority of Tweets to the Hashtag was the direct opposite: the head cloth as a sign of discrimination of women in Islam. In many countries, women are forced to wear against their will, a head scarf. The Hashtag quickly became of the women captured, the have experienced in your life the headscarf not as a sign of a separate decision.
“when there is a ‘World NoHijab Day’?”, a woman replied to the Tweet: “The day that all the women remove her headscarf in order to show that they are free and it is always can remove it if you want?” Many Users on Twitter share their own experiences and from the heavy way that you had to to to the independence. “If you had been born under Sharia law, and forced to wear a Niqab, if your humanity was stolen – then you would know why I’m against it,” writes Ensaf Haidar, freedom activist from Saudi Arabia, and wife of blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced in 2013 for “insulting the Islam” to ten years in prison and 1000 lashes.
If you were born under Sharia and forced to wear the niqab and your humanity was stolen, you know why I’m against hijab and niqab! #NoHijabDay#FreeInHijab
— Ensaf haidar ⚜ awesome🍁 (@miss9afi) December 29, 2018
“The majority of women has no choice, she is forced. I’m one of them,” tweets a woman who lives according to his own statement, also in Saudi Arabia. She hangs a photo of yourself, and your Tweet is almost retweeted a thousand Times.
The majority of women here don’t have the choice, they are forced to wear it, and I’m one of them. the
— Philautia (@oxiloi) December 30, 2018
I’m not #FreeInHijab
I forced to wear it by my parents
What a life 💔 pic.twitter.com/PhQfjYGFzZ
— مارولا . (@marolla57) December 30, 2018
Others accuse the organisers of the “World Hijab Day”, to be their privilege not be aware of: maybe you could choose how you attract and volunteering for the headscarf decide. The “silent majority” of Muslim women do not have this freedom.
“I used to say I liked wearing the hijab because I had NO CHOICE.”
Privileged minority: celebrates #WorldHijabDay
the Silent majority: not #FreeInHijab
Reclaim your freedom and equality in 2019 ✊ pic.twitter.com/pqD5mEUQob
— ExMuslim TV (@ExMuslimTV) January 1, 2019
Userin “liah”, according to Twitter-the biography of a 24-year-old homosexual Ex-writes a Muslim: “My mother forced me to wear a headscarf, by threatening me with hell. My brother threatened that he would send me to Saudi Arabia, if I’m not buying it ever. Now I’m finally free.” The Iniatorinnen the #FreeInHijab action, you tweeted: “If you decide to wear a headscarf, please understand how privileged you are. The Rest of us was forced and beaten.”
#FreeInHijab my mother forced me to wear the hijab by threatening me with hellfire and putting her hands over my neck, my brother threatened to send me back to saudi arabia if I ever took it off, now I am finally free pic.twitter.com/brHPniw7tK
— liah ⚢ (@pixshii) December 30, 2018
sources: Twitter, home of the “World Hijab Day”