Western hatred for the hijab: have Muslims contributed to the problem?
In France, the veil is considered both a symbol of Islamism and Islamophobia.
It is a garment that every year causes great controversy and conflict in the land of the Enlightenment.
With so much noise, one legitimately wonders: “What is it about the hijab that bothers the European?
On a purely psychological level, for me, the answer is given by Marlène Schiappa – the former French Minister of Citizenship – who said in 2020 that “France is the country of libertinage”.
Sexual freedom and debauchery are so anchored in the French spirit that it is intolerable to them that a woman deprives them of the spectacle of her charm.
As proof of my interpretation, the word “beurette” – a vulgar French word for an Arab woman – is the most searched category in France on adult sites.
Éric Zemmour was right when he said more than ten years ago, in a moment of insight, that the real problem of the French with the hijab was endogamy. The hijab indicates that this veiled woman reserves herself for a Muslim man and that she is inaccessible to the disbelievers.
So is this the reason why 65% of French people are in favor of banning the veil in the street, according to a survey by the CSA institute?
In detail, 35% of those questioned say they are “completely in favor” of banning the veil in public spaces, while 25% say they are “rather in favor”. On the other hand, 24% of those questioned are “rather against” and 16% categorically refuse to ban this religious sign in the street and other public spaces.
Another lesson from this survey is that this proposal is more supported by men than by women. Thus, 65% of the men questioned are strongly in favor of banning the Islamic veil in the street, against 56% of the women.
The rhetoric on the left and on the right does not help to make things more transparent. The political class itself seems confused on this issue.
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Politicians with leftist sensibilities tend to say that the hijab is demeaning to women and expresses gender inequality. Those leaning to the right say it is a political banner, a symbol of the Islamists, who seek to colonize French visual space.
Contrast this with what the Quran very clearly says is the true wisdom of hijab:
And when you ˹believers˺ ask anything of his wives, ask them from behind a fence. It is purer for your hearts and theirs. Quran S33:53
The wisdom behind the veil is self-explanatory. The veil is a tool of modesty, helping men and women to protect themselves from depravity.
So why don’t the disbelievers recognize this?
Muslim reactions to European politics often conclude categorically that these anti-hijab outbursts are due to blind French hatred of Islam. It seems reasonable. We all recognize the strongly anti-religious and anti-Islamic sentiment of the European masses.
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But allow me to temper this view.
The real question is: “How could Islamophobes view the veil as a means of modesty when it has now become a garish and immodest fashion statement?”
Literally every second, thousands of Muslim women post their filtered selfies on the internet. Instagram is full of photos of hijabis with painted faces and lustful looks. Women in niqabs share hot videos of themselves on Tik Tok and Youtube Shorts.
How can Islamophobes be expected to perceive the veil as the instrument of modesty and self-respect it is supposed to be?
These Muslim women were the first to weaponize the hijab in this way. And Muslim men are not off the hook. Where are the husbands, fathers and brothers who prevent such moral decay?
To make matters worse, many of these women tried to wield the hijab as a political weapon.
Take, for example, the disgusting dialogue that took place between Macron and a hijabi in Strasbourg, a few days before the elections:
Hijabi to Macron: Are you a feminist?
Macron: Yes of course.
Hijab: (loud laughter) Ah, that’s good then, sir!
Macron: No, the beautiful thing… Are you a feminist?
Hijab: Yes, I am a feminist.
Macron: Are you for equality between men and women?
Hijab: I am for equality between men and women.
Macron: Can I be intrusive?
Macron: Do you wear the veil by choice or is it imposed?
Hijab: It’s by choice, totally by choice, sir.
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There is a lot to be said for this conversation. But the fact is that from the beginning, something is wrong. How can you inspire modesty when you stand face to face with a man, eye to eye, in a crowd of men and women and laugh loudly?
All of this contributes to changing the non-Muslim perception of the hijab. It has become a symbol of confrontation, rage, challenge, contestation, feminism, disruption, that is to say of everything that contradicts modesty.
None of this to defend the vile Islamophobic attacks on the hijab by Western politicians and people. Many of them would hate the hijab no matter what.
But we must also exercise a certain degree of self-criticism. How has our community’s distortion of the hijab’s message contributed to negative feelings around it from non-Muslims?