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I am very disappointed that Nike is branding a special Hijab. Hijabs are an oppressive symbol of Sharia law.
The hijab, which lacks specific derivation from the Qur'an, is a symbol of oppression that is pushed by strict adherents of Sharia law. Sharia law is antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution. There is little debate online as to whether the Qu’ ran mandates hijabs because it does not. Wearing a hijab is clearly driven by culture and custom and is not a religious requirement. However, Islamists who want to Islamize America instead of assimilate into American culture are pushing these Sharia style customs.
Wearing the Hijab in Solidarity Perpetuates Oppression is the title of a column published on January 14, 2016 by The New York Times. The column was written by two Muslim women Asra Q. Nomani and Hala Arafa. The column states in part: In the eight times the word hijab, or a derivative, appears in the Koran, it means a “barrier” or “curtain,” with spiritual, not sartorial, meaning. Today, well-intentioned women are wearing headscarves in interfaith “solidarity.” But, to us, they stand on the wrong side of a lethal war of ideas that sexually objectifies women as vessels for honor and temptation, absolving men of personal responsibility. This purity culture covers, segregates, subordinates, silences, jails and kills women and girls around the world. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/01/06/do-non-muslims-help-or-hurt-women-by-wearing-hijabs/wearing-the-hijab-in-solidarity-perpetuates-oppression
"The Qur'an does not Mandate Hijab” writes Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D. President Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. “… as long as the dresses are not revealing or too tight, cultural variations can add tremendous diversity in the fulfillment of this guideline. Hijab, a terminology that is NOT to be found in the Qur'an or Hadith in the context of dress code.” Ibrahim Syed refers to Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl's studies of the Qur’an and Islamic law. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is an accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, and a Professor of Law at the UCLA's School of Law. He previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas, Yale Law School and Princeton University. A high-ranking Shaykh, Dr. Abou El Fadl also received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait. Ibrahim Syed writes “Abou El Fadl argues that in contemporary Muslim societies people tend to become authoritative by imposing a single viewpoint to the total exclusion of others. Shariah (Islamic law) is then invoked to quash debate by people who are themselves not adequately qualified to do so.” http://www.irfi.org/articles/articles_351_400/quran_does_not_mandate_hijab.htm
Pew Research found that only forty three percent (43%) of American Muslim women wear hijabs. The majority of American Muslim women do NOT wear hijabs. Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, 27, grew up attending an Islamic school in Bridgeview, Ill., a tiny Arab enclave on Chicago's southwest side. It's a place where most Muslim women wear the hijab. Abdelnabi explains why she stopped wearing the hijab. She says that Islam teaches modesty — but wearing the hijab is taking it a step too far. "I've done my research, and I don't feel its foundation is from Islam," she says. "I think it comes from Arab culture." http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135523680/lifting-the-veil-muslim-women-explain-their-choice
I will remember Nike’s special branded Hijabs when purchasing sportswear in the future.
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