Video: One Filmmaker’s Mission To Humanize Women Who Wear The Hijab


Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, UK donning a Hijab. For the Muslim Times extensive collection of articles promoting modest dressing and Hijab, please click here

Huff Post: Faiza Ambah joins HuffPost Live to discuss her critically-acclaimed film, “Mariam.” Her film tells the story of a veiled Muslim teenager who must decide between keeping her hijab, or getting expelled from school in France.

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2 replies

  1. How can a headband and long skirt be described as ‘too religious’? Ridiculous. I see nothing wrong with wearing a headscarf, and find the French outlawing of them unfair and unnecessary. But there are other religions and sects that insist on a certain dress code for their followers, most orders of Christian nuns for example, are also covered from head to toe. Girl dressing modestly is seen as a religious symbol, yet girls in short skirts hitched up revealing their knickers is perfectly acceptable and not an insult to Christianity and therefore also a religious issue? It’s funny how democracy is linked to freedom when it seems to be taking people’s freedom away, the freedom to choose. You shouldn’t be able to order a woman to go around wrapped up from head to toe, but you shouldn’t be able to order her to go around half naked either. What is wrong with a girl wearing a long skirt.

    Living in the west, the hijab has become a potent indicator of identity with many non-Muslims viewing it as a political statement. However, it is pertinent to note that the hijab is, first and foremost, an act of worship that women engage in, and an act undertaken to seek the pleasure of one’s Lord.

    The definition of a hijab is fiercely contested by many Muslims, and unfortunately most of those who engage in the topic are unaware that it is very much defined by Islamic law, the Sharia, and not cultural habits or one’s idea of what modesty is, or should be.

    “Hijab is also a constitutional right and allergy to it is a breach of Allah-given fundamental human right.” By the way,there is no such thing as “Allah-given fundamental human right”. Nobody was born wearing a suit and tie, iro and buba and definitely none born wearing the Hijab either! As to the “fundamental human right” you alluded to, can I refer you to a study of the Magna Carta?

    Now, after the Muslims women are involving more and more in the society, those people are trying to get them back to the ghettos by banning them from wearing the Hijab/Burqa…And the other one who were saying that: Men are imposing the Hijab/burqa to those women and are covering that by saying: it’s her choice. This argument is simply ridicules, it seems that she doesn’t want to hear that someone wear it because of their spiritual journey, she definitely wants them to be oppressed. And the French guy who were saying: We are banning it because of the dignity of the woman and gender equality ==> Since when the equality is used to restrict the liberty of free choices. Those people need to be reminded that this law is totally opposed to the universal human rights.

  2. Wow!! I can see how the passion of Mr. Iftikhar can lead to extremism. There is no definition of hijab in the Holy Quran, which is the basis of Sharia. (If you disagree, bring forth your proof) The french did not ban hijab. They banned face covering. There is a vigorous debate among the Muslims whether face is included in hijab.
    And all basic human rights come from God. They are for all human beings regardless of their faith or religion.
    And no human being has the right to force others to follow his understanding of religion. And yes, if you give complete freedom to women without the close scrutiny of their family and society, most will not wear hijab, especially the one prescribed by the fundamentalists.
    As for the nuns, their face is never covered. They work with men, in leadership positions. If Muslims will allow their women to be in public square after they wear hijab, then we can compare them with nuns. Also the nuns are especially devoted Christians who voluntarily accept these restrictions. They are not even 1% of the Christian women.

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