Love In A Headscarf Analysis

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The misrepresentations and stereotypes given by the non-Muslims are totally contrary to the real teaching of Islam as it highly promotes gender equality. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. is proven to be very adamant in empowering and elevating the status of women after they were discriminated and exploited by men years before the revelation of the Holy Quran. As female infanticide, prostitution and other exploitation of women were common in the seventh century before hijrah, during Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime, he argued that the birth of a girl is a blessing, and they are not property or subjected to anyone as they are equally human as the men. Prophet Muhammad then outlined several rights for the women such as the right in inheritance, the right in…show more content…
This essay discusses several important issues that Shelina personally experienced as a Muslim woman who lives in Europe. Firstly, she refuses to obey the patriarchal cultural norms which seem to downgrade the status of women and make them look less powerful and educated than men. She eventually proves that the negative misrepresentations of Muslim women are wrong by being different while maintaining her Islamic identity. Besides, Shelina also counters the argument that hijab wearing women are oppressed by their fathers, brothers and husbands. To her, hijab symbolises liberation and she is persevered to wear hijab despite the warning given by her buxom aunties and the quizzical looks given to her following the 9/11 attack. Lastly, this essay also covers the views of marriage in Islam and its importance to the mankind. This issue cannot be left out when discussing Love in a Headscarf as other important issues come to exist during her journey in searching for a life companion who is ready to be her partner in seeking the pleasure of Allah. The Islamic perspectives in this memoir are relatable to Muslim women especially to those who live in the European countries as they are highly exposed to the West’s Islamophobic behaviours. Thus, as an Islamic Feminist text, this memoir successfully discusses the struggles faced by Muslim women and how to deal with the issues in an intellectual and Islamic
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