The entire world, it appears, is now fascinated by the hijab. Those who march for women’s rights in the U.S. use the picture of a hijab-clad woman as the face their struggle. Emojis have been created to depict women in hijab. Now a Barbie doll, too, has been fashioned on a hijab-wearing sportswoman. Even primary schoolchildren in the West are being made to wear a hijab and hardly is anyone objecting because of “political correctness”. (The situation in England is pathetic.)
While the hijab is indeed the personal choice of women around the world, it is an undeniable fact that the Islamists demand that all Muslim women must wear some sort of covering – hijab, burqa, abaya, etc.
In the Islamist societies, a woman not wearing a hijab is looked down upon with disgust. This is why women in Islamic Republics such as Iran and theocratic kingdoms such as Saudi Arabia or other Wahhabi lands must wear the hijab or burka, as dictated by the religious heads of the countries.
But there was a time not long ago when all of this was indeed seen as a clear case of oppression on women and the ‘liberals’ of the time genuinely wanted liberalism unlike the fake liberal-feminists who say that hijab is a sign of freedom.
A particular incident from six decades ago brings to our minds the gradual decline of genuine feminism and the rise of disguised fascism.
The year was 1958. A whole host of significant events had happened in that year: A U.S. B-47 bomber had accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb without the warhead in a small town in South Carolina. Nikita Khrushchev had become Premier of the Soviet Union. Jack Kilby invented the first integrated circuit. And Che Guevara brought curtains down on the Cuban Revolution.
On February 1 in 1958, Egypt and Syria came together to form the United Arab Republic (UAR) with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser as the first president of the union. The UAR would prove to be a short-lived political alliance. But Gamal Abdel Nasser would go on to etch his name in world history.
Though technically a military dictator, Egypt under Nasser was a socialist state. So the Muslim Brotherhood, which continues to have an influence over the Middle East political systems, had little to no power.
Nasser was proponent of modernization, something which has always been opposed by the Islamists around the world. In 1958, Nasser was addressing a huge crowd of supporters. At that gathering Nasser narrated how a Muslim Brotherhood member had requested him to impose the hijab on all women in Egypt.
Listen to how the iconic leader from the Middle East logically countered the cleric’s demand and pay attention to how the people in audience responded.
“Let him wear it,” shouts a man in the crowd. After watching this, you will understand that many of those who pose as feminists in the West these days are actually fascists. Oh, what times!
Transcript of the Nasser’s points:
“If one were to make that law they will say that we have returned to the days of Al-Hakim bi-amri ‘Illah, who forbade people from walking at day and only allowed walking at night.”
“Every person for his own house decides for himself the rules.”
“You are unable to make one girl, who is your daughter, wear a tarha (Islamic scarf), and you want me to put a tarha on 10 million women?”