Respect or Oppression?

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Bus ad in Mississauga, Ontario

And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their private parts; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their breasts and not display their beauty except to their husband, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.

The buses in Mississauga Ontario have a new sign. It proclaims that Mary, the mother of Jesus honored the hijab. Making such a statement is an attempt to make Islam acceptable in the eyes of Christians.

Note they are very careful not to say that Mary ‘wore’ the hijab, but that she honored it. Why the play on words?  Why didn’t they say that she wore the hijab?

Because Mary was Jewish, alive several hundred years before Mohammad. She may have worn a head scarf, (kissui rosh) and most probably did, because that was the custom of the day.  But a hijab it was not.

This ad is propaganda at it’s finest. It attempts to make Islam palatable in the eyes of Christians. Connecting Islam to Jesus is a very common tactic used when proselytizing to non Muslims, most especially to Christians.

A Christian supporter saw this ad, was very concerned about the duplicity, so she called the number at the bottom of the ad. She wished to have a public debate (because the ad is public) with the organizers of the ad campaign  to prove their claims false.  The man (his name was Mohammad) on the other end of the line offered a one on one debate privately. Our supporter declined, she wanted a public debate with the campaign team. After much back and forth, Mohammad refused to name who was behind the campaign, and as he was pressed, became aggressive, raising his voice with the Christian supporter, and ended the conversation with the taunt “You (Christians) don’t own Canada”.

Are we against head coverings? No, many cultures wear them. What we are concerned with is what happens when Muslim women are ‘punished’ for not wearing the hijab.

In 2007, Aqsa Parvez was murdered by her father and brother for refusing to wear the hijab. They killed her to preserve their family honor. This happened in Mississauga, ironically the same city where these bus ads are found.
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Aqsa Parvez, victim of honor killing, 2007, Mississauga,

In London, Ontario last week, an incident arose in Victoria Park where a woman was walking with her young child. She wore the niqab, only her eyes were showing. The wind loosened her scarf, and her hair and face were exposed. Two other Muslimas quickly covered her up again, while remonstrating with her to be careful.

In Ottawa, a young woman was berated by another woman for not wearing the hijab.

Is the hijab  about respect, honor and strength, or is it about oppression? Should we be encouraging the wearing of such a garment on public transportation?

3 thoughts on “Respect or Oppression?”

  1. the men in their cult make them wear this crap because they cannot control themselves from raping these poor women

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  2. I have written to the Archbishop of Toronto, to the Mayor of Toronto, and to Doug Ford Premier of Ontario voicing my concern and complaint but no reply. If Christians had merely hinted at the Muslim faith in any advertised, their would be riots. A joint protest letter should be sent to the Premier

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