personalmusingsblog.wordpress.com: In recent days there has been a lot of talk about a suggestion published in a document about counter terrorism that the hijab contributes to passive terrorism. The document is a US Air Force White Paper entitled “Countering Violent Extremism, Scientific Methods and Strategies” with contributions by several academics; it was originally published in 2011 and reissued in 2015.
One of the authors is Dr. Tawfik Hamid, formerly a member of a radical Islamic organization who now asserts that he had an awakening of his human conscience. At that time recognizing the threat of radical Islam he started to teach modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts.
Sadly Hamid has lost sight of true Islam on his way back from extremism to moderation. His arguments, presented in his article for the White Paper, “A Strategic Plan to Defeat Radical Islam” are laughable and unwarranted. Hamid affirms,
“In turn, the proliferation of militant Salafism and the hijab contribute to the idea of passive terrorism… which occurs when moderate segments of the population decline to speak against or actively resist terrorism.”
Hamid’s argument is vague. When, asked how he can separate an individual, peaceful woman who chooses to wear the Hijab from his assertion that the head covering contributes to passive terrorism, he says,
“Cigarette smoking contributes to the development of lung cancer, but not every single cigarette smoker will develop lung cancer. The contribution to something in medicine does not mean it’s the only factor.”