Politicians and journalists just love to write about the oppression of women in Islam ... without even talking to the females beneath the veil. They simply have no idea how Muslim women are protected and respected within the Islamic framework which was built more than 1400 years ago.
1. I'm not yet convinced of the necessity of the Hijab..
Given my privilege as a woman, I only degrade myself by trying to be something I'm not - and in all honesty - don' t want to be: a man. As women, we will never reach true liberation until we stop trying to mimic men, and value the beauty in our own God-given distinctiveness.
MAADHAH BINT ABBDULLAH ADVYAH:
She was a student of Aisha(R.A.), the Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam)'s wife. After her husband's death she vowed not to lie in bed When she would fall asleep she would wake herself up by going for a walk and say to herself,
Imagine a person who manufactured two models of a certain item. Model 'A' has much more features than model 'B'. The reasons for him doing so are obviously known best by him. Being the inventor, he will specify the exact usage and benefits of model 'A' and model 'B'.
I am a muslim women. I wear the niqaab (face veil). I'm one of those to whom the new law in France would apply. I'm one of the ones being discussed by politicians, human rights groups and the media. I'm one of those whom many feel the need to liberate.I'm one of those you may think is oppressed.I'm one of those many of you detest the sight of...I'm one of those whom you may believe is uneducated; one of the ones you may think has no voice.But I do. So let me speak.
I am not Arab, Asian or even African. I am Australian. No, not 'first generation', 'second generation', or an immigrant. On my mother's side, I'm of French-Canadian descent, and on my father's side; British. I grew up as a Christian, and attended church occasionally. I was in the school swim team, and district netball team. I holidayed with my family in the summer on the Gold Coast, and I'm educated. I have a university degree.