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This Is Freedom by Nayzak This Is Freedom by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

The following article describes Hijab from the point of view of a Muslim woman:


My Journey to Freedom

It will be three years since I stood before two Muslim sisters and declared openly my belief in God (Allah) and His Messenger, peace be upon him... Stepping out of the darkness of disbelief into the light of Islam, it’s funny that I found such freedom in the very thing that was keeping me from Islam in the first place - the hijab.
Even though I get the wide gamut of strange stares, points and comments, this covering makes me feel honoured, safe and cherished.

The word hijab comes from the Arabic word “hajaba” meaning to hide from view or to conceal. Women who don’t reveal their beauty in this society and give in to this oppressive system, are looked upon as invisible, without sexuality and backward. Because I’m often mistaken for a nun, or terrorist, I feel the reactions to the hijab for many women, is the truest test of being a Muslim.

But in reality, the hijab is easy!...
In instructing us to wear the hijab, Allah has not given Muslim women more than what they can bear of injunctions and obligations. For Allah says (translation): “And we do not lay on any soul a burden except to the extent of its ability, and with Us (God) is a Book which speaks the truth…”
Qur’an 23:62
Since the heyday of the feminist movement, there has been an increasing amount of scrutiny placed on the dress and status of Muslim women. According to these “liberated” women, the hijab not only covers the head, but also covers the mind, will and intellect. They say that our dress code is outdated and oppressive, and it stops us from being productive human beings. They speak out of ignorance when they say that our hijab does not belong in these modern times, when due to the constant decrease in moral values in the world today, circumstances make the hijab even more necessary.
From the dawn of civilization, flowing dresses and headscarves have always been associated with “Godliness” or “God consciousness”. Even the Christian pictorial representation of the earlier prophets and their womenfolk bear familiar likeness to the dress ordained for Muslim men and women (e.g. the Lady Mary -may the God almighty be pleased with her-).

The God -glory be to him- enjoined hijab on the Muslim woman to protect her from harm. He knows His creation, and knows that when women make a dazzling display of themselves, with immodest clothes, perfumed bodies and made-up faces, it serves to increase the sexual deviance of the overall society. Many of those who are misguided however, would have us think that the hijab is a portable prison that restricts our minds, lives and hearts. It is none of these things, and in order not to fall victim to their plots, we must begin to understand what the hijab truly is- a source of liberation, dignity and protection.

:bulletred: What the Hijab is...
- An act of Obedience to The Creator.
- An Act of Honour & Dignity.
- An act of Belief & Faith.
- An act of Modesty.
- An act of Purity.
- An act of Bashfulness.
- An act of Righteousness.
- A Shield (against unwanted attention).

:bulletred: What the Hijab is NOT...
- It is NOT something new. Muslim women follow the example of righteous women in the past such as Mary, the mother of Jesus -peace be upon them both-.
- It is NOT a symbol of oppression.
- It is NOT required in non-public places where there are only females and close male relatives (Mahram).
- It is NOT a means to restrict a woman’s freedom to express her views and opinion, or to have an education and a career.
- It is NOT an act of defiance, confrontation or protest to non-Muslims.
- It is NOT a portable prison.



By Sumayyah Joan with a little change
Original article is found here [link]


I hope this was beneficial.



More about Hijab and Muslim women:




IN THE DRAWING
still experimenting new coloring ways...



If I am right, it is from the God almighty. If I am wrong, it is from myself.
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wazuka Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Freedom is feeling the wind in your hair...there's plenty of words to describe the hijab,but "freedom" isn't one of them.
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SolarBeam2002 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love hijab's it shows you don't have to be wearing the latest trend to be pretty. With a hijab you can look fashionable AND beautiful! It's like hair, you can stlye it, add things on it and change it's colour! It's a freedom!
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zmzmzmr Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
freedom if they chose to wear it, but many countries force women to wear it. As an atheist if i went to one of these countries it would be an oppression of my freedom.
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Rankyaku Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course you make a good point...
Yet the Hijab remains a Symbol of Freedom from a Patriarchal Superficial Society that submits women to superficial things...
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GalerieLeNeko Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I guess women should be free of choosing their clothes. If they want to wear a hijab, why not. If they want to wear a tank top and a skirt, I'm okay with it. If they want to wear jeans and a T-shirt, fine. If they want to wear a dress, okay too.

The only thing I don't feel comfortable with, would be someone covering his/her/their face. I prefer to see the eyes of the people I meet. (Except during carnival?)
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Lolli-Palooza Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this so much. I really do. The details on the drawing and everything, omg.

Amazing, good job, Nayzak!

I can't believe how obnoxious the people in the comments are, wow.




Anyways, I can't wait until you draw something new, you've been on an art hiatus for awhile. I'll always be checking your gallery for new things! ^^
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345rv5 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Yeah because i'm pretty sure the women in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghistan are reall free compared to women in America right ?  Dumbass.
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Of course! After all Muslim women don't want to wear jeans or any other clothing other than the hijab. And Nutsak being the good male that he is will tell women exactly how to feel yay for the true patriarchy. ~ C
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345rv5 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Yep, speaking of Partiarchy, funny how Feminists  support assholes like Nutsak.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
What about burqua?
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abu-lihya Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty sure he means religious freedom... as in when a government condemned that religion they wore it anyway as a sign of thier belief. saying it is opression is like saying a nun wearing ... that thing they wear is a sign of slavery as well. 
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abu-lihya Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really don't see why it's a problem to begin with
i mean either most people don't wear it or they wear it in very beautiful colours and light fabrics so it's never actually a hindrance.
seriously it's less religion and more fashion nowadays.
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Cask-of-Amontillado Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
"Forget Fashion[!]", see above
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intimate…
m1.behance.net/rendition/modul…
sleepingdaydreamer.blogspot.de…

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I'm just against this Newspeak. Wearing hijab is obligation due to subjugation (to God's rule). A good muslima wears hijab, she does not have the choice to freely choose her clothing, only in front of her husband. Freedom (that is liberty) is a Western concept of the age of Enlightenment, that's in contradiction here...
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
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Cask-of-Amontillado Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Freedom is slavery.
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Monecranestpourri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I think freedom is the ability to have a choice, to do what you want to do as long as it's not hurting anyone . We should be able to choose what to wear, or what not to wear. To choose who to love as it doesn't have any impact on other people's lives. The ability to make a decision instead of letting others choose for you what is right and what is wrong.
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Monecranestpourri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
That's what I believe.
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TheCH Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don´t think you understand what both words means
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SRB-123 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
This comment made my day, you sir deserve a cookie.
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TheCH Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
nom nom
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akainu0 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Honestly, those look very hot (in terms of temperature), but maybe the design keeps it cool.
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Poichanchan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
haha yeah i know it looks really hot to people who see it xD 

I wear a full hijab, and on somedays... when its like almost 45 degrees (Celsius) in my city, everyone around me thinks it looks uncomfortably hot.

a full black hijab, coat and all xD

But actually, im not even sweating! strange isnt it? :la:
And its not just me who would say this, most hijabis would :D
Then factor in all the benefits  and ease in daily life it brings along with it, the protective properties of it, it feels great to be one of the lucky people to wear it x3
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AntiIslamic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wear the Hijab then common dude

If hijab = - An act of Obedience to The Creator.
- An Act of Honour & Dignity.
- An act of Belief & Faith.
- An act of Modesty.
- An act of Purity.
- An act of Bashfulness.
- An act of Righteousness.
- A Shield (against unwanted attention).

All men must wear it too :)
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
in Islam, Hijab is for men and women. I made one drawing and article about Hijab for men, if you're interested.
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captain-pie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Artist
Can I have a link to that? Hijab for men.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
It's in my gallery.
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captain-pie Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Artist
Alright
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
I'm afraid all comments containing external links will be flagged as spam. I do not accept external links in my page.
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GCarty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
I notice her outfit is in the Pan-Arab colours — is that intentional?
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fa60om Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist
I love waring hijab Neko Emoji-28 (Yay sho happy) [V2] 
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Sweet-Turnip Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
What the Hijab is...
- An Act of Honour & Dignity.
- An act of Modesty.
- An act of Purity.
- An act of Bashfulness.
- An act of Righteousness.
- A Shield (against unwanted attention).

All this things comes from the person itself and on how she behave! Not because of a piece of fabric on her head! For example I can wear hijab but I can steal or act like a bitch, instead I can not wear it and be honest and pure and viceversa! if I'm a bad person it's not hijab who makes me better! Bed persons still the same with every kind of garment they wear! 
And shield against unwanted attentions? O_O Well so mens are like animals that cannot control their sexual urges? O_O


What the Hijab is NOT...
- It is NOT something new. Muslim women follow the example of righteous women in the past such as Mary, the mother of Jesus -peace be upon them both-.
- It is NOT a symbol of oppression.
- It is NOT required in non-public places where there are only females and close male relatives
- It is NOT a means to restrict a woman’s freedom to express her views and opinion, or to have an education and a career.
- It is NOT a portable prison.

Well again I have to say something about. First Mary the mother of Jesus never wore a real hijab but just a simple veil who covered only her hair, not even her neck and cheeks, being much similar to dupatta of Indian womens. It is not a symbol of oppression? Why not? You say hijab is freedom? Well so then tell me why in Iran all womens are protesting against it taking pictures without it? There's a page on fb called "My Stealthy Freedom".  It is not required in public places? In my country a muslim woman who took off her hijab has been poked in her face by her husband (that's was on tv news!), and again in iran girls who trys to go in public places without it are taken by police and deported! I've seen a video about this! It is not a means to restrict woman's freedom but why in some countries womens are not allowed to drive, go out by themselves, study, etc? Not a portable prison? But how about Afghanistan? 

Anyway no offence in my reply, I'm just asking since I'm a bit confused about it! I'd like to find out the truth and see if news I heared and videos I watched tells the truth! O_O 
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
NO. the silly thing is to blame the culprit alone when the victim is partly responsible.
the criminal is to blame for their crime. there is no disagreement in this. but when the victim does things that gets them into trouble, they are also to blame. a woman who wears provocatively is responsible if she gets into trouble because of the way she wears. just like the man who attacks her is responsible for his actions.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
you're mistaken. my name is Nayzak. not Taqieddin
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
comment flagged as spam. and you are blocked.

reason: you are a troll with empty profile. if you have guts comment from your real account, nude freak. :no:
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Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Can I express and discover my sexuality now?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
in your own page you have the right to express everything.
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Animelova4evs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love the Hijab, it forces people to see us for our personality, not our body! 
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arrowbreaker Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Actually it sexualises the female body and features by suggesting they aren't to be seen except by a husband when intimate...
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
My page is not an open space for every Tom Dick and Harry to post their nonsense.
If you want to propagate your hateful opinions against Islam, Muslims or the Hijab, do so IN YOUR OWN PAGE.

May the God almighty guide you and correct your thinking.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
comment flagged as spam.

reason: attempt to make sarcasm about the God almighty.

Man, you should respect your God. may he guide you and correct your thinking.
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Nuece Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013

Here in the west we may tattoo our bodies with naked women and snakes and knifes and color our hair pink and green, we may even pierce our flesh but Muslim women aren't allowed to wear Hijab?


Its insanity.

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MahaAsh Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you made my day XD
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UkthieJumierah Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Artist
Masha Allah very well said ya akhie.. may i share this on FB? :)
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