The Marytred in Hijab Campaign

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It is been a week a ago since  Nahid Almanea was murdered. The 31, Saudi, PHD student was brutally murdered on the streets of Colchester possibly because of her dress code. The Islamic visual Impact of the Thobe, abaya, Niqaab and Hijab is the source  for the Muslim identity that has caused  a lot of controversies in the last few months. Taqwa being the overriding  factor for the Muslim identity is what shapes a Muslim. And what comes out of it is this super nova of energy. It happen in history during slavery in Brazil and North America and the Caribbean and it is what s happening in 2014 In the UK. Pure resistance against the status Quo.

Nahid Almanea is a heroine. She represents the conviction and willingness of Muslim women across the globe or to be more exact in the entire Universe. We do not consider her as dead , she is alive and her struggle and  her identity will be re-born until the day of Judgement.  As Allah swt says in the noble Quran

“And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: ‘They are dead.’  Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not.  (The Noble Quran, 2:154)

In response to Nahid  Shuhaada “Campaign Islam ” and a troop of sisters from across the country met In Shepherd Bush to take part in Dawah. The aim of the Campaign  is to signify that Muslim Women cannot longer play into the same old  narrative. The lies and assumption must be uprooted and the seed of truth must be planted again. Yesterday the first step was made by engaging with the yet cluesless public. The woman behind the veil outspoken, confident in the public eye. We can only imagine how many people were waiting for this opportunity to talk to the voicless image that the media had depicted as vulnerable and weak. The Sisters were accompanied by a group of brothers, relatives and police officer. The event in itself was really much welcomed by the locals. Maybe an indication that there should be more energy  and time invested in such peaceful events.

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What amazes us is that instead frustration,outcry or tears positive energy was flowing. The same energy our noble Prophet  SAS used to convey the message to the people in the most difficult times. We must learn one thing here, we are the ones who must take the responsibility for our shortcomings. Sister Nahid’s Shuhaada gave birth to ” The Maytred in Hijab” campaign. It made us more aware of the lack of the sisters having a platform to speak for themselves. We greatly disagree with liberal facade feminist want to sell us to but sometimes it is easier to let the so-called victim to speak  and clarify for themselves.

We all know about the cliché of the oppressed women in Saudi Arabia. We all know about the concerns politicians media outlets and human rights organisation seem to have, but what of an oxymoron it is to realise that the heroine came  from Saudi Arabia to the west. Furthermore she decided not to escape the so-called oppressive society, how ? She remained a covered Muslim in obedience to Allah swt.

She sticked to what she things was right, morally and if you like politically. She remained Muslim by heart and by the exterior appearance. What beautiful outcome for the believer.

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The idea that someone died as victim on that morning in Colchester is an estranged notion for a Muslim. The Muslim woman is never been a Victim and never will be. We witnessed ourself yesterday. Campaign Islam the renown group of  female duaat delivered a motivational speech during the induction and was coordinating the campaign. The call of action is to force the media to pick up on the campaign and promote one way or the other. The process of it will be through encouraging sisters to take pictures of them Hijab send it  daily mail twitter hashtag it as “martyred in Hijab” . The true message behind the campaign, is the empowerment of the Muslim Women. A message that must be over repeated until the last person on this earth knows ” The Muslim Women” is the true wonder women.

 

 


 

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Bye Bye ‘Alice in Arabia’ ABC drops the Show

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We are honoured to live in these times, and ask Allah swt to continue to bless this Ummah with the courage engagement and endeavour to improve the situation for the inhabitants of the earth. We all have a  long way to go before the last person the Ummah is being provided with the basic necessities but situation swiftly change in instances. The world in 50 years may look completely different and we may not even recognize it.

By the permission of Allah swt we made the “Allah” sign disappear in Katy Perry’s video Dark Horses.  The Hollywood movie Noah was banned in  majority of Islamic Countries. And that in itself is a manifestation of collective effort centred for one  universal cause. The very essence of what it means to be one Ummah finds its way back to the people.

Social media has played the key role during these Phenomenons. A  lesson for us to learn that technology is tool to be reckoned with. Brooke Eikmeier former U.S. Army translator , is behind the  ” Alice in Arabia” series, her response to the controversy indicated how narrow-minded the notion is. BuzzFeed and Muslim advocacy were at the frontier against the campaigns and made sure to stop such bigotry on American national TV ABC Family bought then did not hesitate after the uproar to drop the programme four days later.

The opposition main concerns were the Anti-Arab Stereotypes that were loaded in  in theprogram. BuzzFeed’s Rega Jha pointed out some of these factual inaccuracies, she says ”  “the garment Alice dons in Saudi Arabia is incorrectly labelled an ‘abaya’ — an abaya is a robe that doesn’t include a face covering, while what Alice puts on does veil her face and head, including her eyes, making it either a niqab or a burqa.”

 Rega Jha says the source of the inspiration for the show mirrors the classical clichés Hollywood always had about the middle east and Islam which is discussed in the article below.

In an open letter Eikmeier says to her defence that she sees the story as a “high-stakes drama” in which an American girl is “abducted” by her Saudi Arabian family, where she fights for survival behind the veil.

She explained, “Personally, I would have simply written: A drama centring on an American teenager who, after her mother’s death must make the adjustment to living with her maternal family in Saudi Arabia.”

The former U.S. Army translator  has background as a cryptology linguist in Arabic, does not only know how to write script but also how to communicate the message. We all wonder how a she then can defend herself for that poor attempt and ignore the real concern behind the criticism instead of calling it a  ” hit job”

Well if that is the case let me sell you the biggest secret within Hollywood many people forgot or deliberately hide.

From the beginning of Hollywood and the entertainment business in America had a big interest to paint their own interpretation of what the Muslim world meant to be. These wild imagination underwent  an evolution and end-up having Arabs starring as barbaric people without mercy, greed and craze.

This led t vilify Islam to the extent that people like Eikmeier do not even realise why they are wrong. And we dont directly blame them, these notion are deeply embedded in the Hollywood culture.

Hollywood classic “The Sheik”  as early as  in 1921 is a film that pioneered these notion in early stages of the making of Hollywood. Hollywood fabricated an eroticized and exoticized Orient, titillating audiences with adventure and lust in the untamed desert landscape. The Arab stereotype in films in the 1920s was mostly an unsavory concoction of exoticism, abduction, banditry, revenge, and slavery. Strange as if we heard this somewhere just recenty right.

The plots invariably made Arabs the adversaries, pitting them against Western good guys. These films not only helped actors like Rudolph Valentino into stardom. Blockbuster hits like this helped to reinforce negative notions, perceptions and laws. I mean for someone to believe 9.11 was the start of the modern conflict needs to go back into history lesson.  These prejudices over another group of people helped government to pass laws. ” Sounds  Far-fected” ?

 

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Jim Crow Laws may ring the bells. Jim Crow Law” first appeared in 1904. he origin of the phrase “Jim Crow” has often been attributed to “Jump Jim Crow“a song-and-dance caricature of blacks performed by white actor Thomas D. Rice in blackface, which first surfaced in 1832 and was used to satirizeAndrew Jackson‘s populist policies. As a result of Rice’s fame, “Jim Crow” had become a pejorative expression meaning “Negro” by 1838. When southern legislatures passed laws of racial segregation – directed against blacks – at the end of the 19th century, these became known as Jim Crow laws.

The one thing these people miss that the attack they launching is a  direct attack on Islam. They use the Arabs to attack fundamental beliefs like the Burqa.

 

 

 

 

 

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