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I am very disappointed that Nike is spending money from the sale of the shoes and sportswear that I buy to develop a hijab, a symbol of Islamist oppression, for a market share of only four one hundredths of one percent of the population of the United States.
Nike’s plans to sell an athletic hijab will at its very best target a total of 131,580 young Muslim females who may play sports and who may want to wear a hijab while doing so. 131,580 is equal to four one hundredths of one percent of the 330 million people living in the United States. The 131,580 is calculated as follows. 3.3 million out of 330 million people living in the United States are Muslim. Fifty one percent of the 3.3 million Muslims are females. Thirty five percent of the 1.68 million Muslim females are between the age of 12 and 30. Fifty two percent of girls play organized sports. Less than forty three percent of Muslims in the United States wear a hijab.
Consumers who buy Nikes’ normal sportswear are subsidizing development of the hijab and will likely subsidize the sale of its hijabs. I do not plan to be one of those consumers who subsidizes Nike’s hijab.
The hijab was invented in the 1970s over 1300 years after the Quran was written. The truth is the hijab is not derived from the Quran but is legislated by Islamist dictates and fatwas that oppress and dominate woman. Strict Islamic law and fatwa enforcement requiring women to wear the hijab started only within the last 50 years.
The hijab was invented in the early 1970s by Mussa Sadr, an Iranian mullah who had won the leadership of the Lebanese Shi’ite community. Muslims believe that the Quran was written over a period of 23 years, beginning on 22 December 609 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632, the year of his death. This means the hijab was invented 1300 years after the Quran was written. tarekfatah.com/this-is-hijab-this-is-not-islam/
The New York Times published an article titled “The day 100,000 Iranian women protested the head scarf (hijab).”
Iranian women continue to protest the oppressive hijab today. OddNaari published an article on July 13, 2013 titled “Iranian women are now defying compulsory hijab rule by refusing to wear it inside their cars.” http://www.oddnaari.in/news/story/iranian-women-are-now-defying-compulsory-hijab-rule-by-refusing-to-wear-it-inside-their-cars-odd-125829-2017-07-13
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia published the following fatwa titled “The legality of the Hijab” (Part No. 5; Page No. 224) It is known that urging women to unveil their faces is an evil call, rejected by Islam and the sound intellect; it is an anti-Islamic idea, indeed. http://alifta.net/Fatawa/fatawaChapters.aspx?languagename=en&View=Page&PageID=503&PageNo=1&BookID=14&TopFatawa=true
Saudi women are also pushing back against Islamic law requiring them to wear the hijab. StepFed published an article on July 14, 2017 titled: “Saudi religious police will study why some women don't wear hijab.”
The Washington Post published an article on December 21, 2015 titled “As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity.” The article states in part: For us, as mainstream Muslim women, born in Egypt and India, the spectacle at the mosque was a painful reminder of the well-financed effort by conservative Muslims to dominate modern Muslim societies. We reject this interpretation that the “hijab” is merely a symbol of modesty and dignity adopted by faithful female followers of Islam.
Pew Research found that only forty three percent (43%) of American Muslim women wear hijabs according to an article published by NPR on April 21, 2011. The NPR article states in part “The split between women who've covered and women who've never done so has existed for decades. But now a generation of women is taking off the headscarf, or hijab.” Therefore, after six years of “a generation of women taking off the hijab” the number of Muslim women now wearing the hijab in America is likely even less than forty three percent. http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135523680/lifting-the-veil-muslim-women-explain-their-choice
Nike’s plan to sell the hijab could empower “the well-financed effort by conservative (ie radical) Muslims to dominate modern Muslim societies.” Your company could make it more difficult for Muslim women to break away from the Islamist domination and embrace American culture.
The hijab does not symbolize the freedoms and liberties bestowed upon all women who are under the protection of the United States Constitution.
Nike certainly has the right to sell whatever products it chooses. Likewise, I have the same right to express my disappointment and patronize companies that do not sell products that symbolize oppressive, Islamist doctrine. I will choose another brand of clothing and shoes if Nike sells hijabs.
I urge Nike to abandon its plans to market the hijab in 2018. My future patronage depends upon your decision.
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