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There is not even any commandment to forcibly cover the heads of Muslim women, let alone non-Muslim women.It is men like these who have hardline ideas…” Hijab is a critically important Islamic teaching. But it seems to me that too many men forget it applies to us first.This is a common argument against the Islamic hijab,' he told his Facebook followers.'I totally agree, they should be able to control themselves, however facts show many don't, this is why a hijab is necessary for women.'The Muslim-convert and Sharia law advocate, who used to play in a band, followed this up with a sermon urging women to avoid wearing bracelets out in public.'There's no problem with a female wearing a gold bracelet and making herself look beautiful as long as it's underneath her hijab or at home, no problem,' he told the Logan Mosque south of Brisbane on Friday night.'In front of her husband, no problem. No.'In front of the people, this is not what's permissible.'Sheikh Johnson's argument linking the hijab with keeping at bay the sexual urges of men has echoes of controversial remarks by former western Sydney-based grand mufti Sheikh Taj el Din al-Hilaly, who in 2006 described women who don't wear the hijab as 'uncovered meat'.Sheikh el-Din al-Hilaly told 500 worshipers in September 2006 that women were asking for attention when they failed to cover up their flesh with a hijab.'If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it ... ,' he asked.'The uncovered meat is the problem.' His remarks were condemned at the time by other Muslim leaders and then prime minister John Howard as 'appalling and reprehensible'.Instead, he “reached his hand backwards, catching Al Fadl’s chin, and turned his face to the other side so that he would not gaze at her”. Only after the Quran thoroughly commands men to observe hijab by being modest, not staring, and reforming ourselves, does the Quran address women. While wholly missing the primary burden of hijab first placed on them, men suddenly and magically discover the concept of hijab for women.Thus, the Prophet Muhammad once more established that the primary burden to observe hijab rests on men. We’ve all heard guys say, “I want a chaste wife,” yet themselves they’re anything but. It’s an amazing phenomenon I see all too often in my day job.
So, when I saw #Muslim Womens Day trending on Twitter this week, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on hijab. Wearing the headscarf is one form of hijab, but men often forget that hijab is much more. If a guy chooses to accept Islam, Islam says he must observe hijab.
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Let’s stop obsessing over women, and worry about reforming ourselves first.
That apparently novel idea is indeed the true jihad and true meaning of hijab.