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Muslim Teen Asks Dad If She Could Remove Her Hijab, And His Response Is Brilliant
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Muslim Teen Asks Dad If She Could Remove Her Hijab, And His Response Is Brilliant

17-year-old Lamyaa from Pennsylvania was recently engaged in a group chat with friends. When everybody started discussing Donald Trump, Lamyaa, who is an Arab Muslim Woman, contributed to the discussion with her own strong views about the president. Realizing that the teen girl was a Muslim, a mutual friend in the group chat, whom she didn’t know, responded to her comments in the only way that idiots know how.

“Stop defending Islam, Bitch shut up. You couldn’t take that face cover off, or your dad would beat your ass,” they wrote, prompting the best response ever from Lamyaa. Because instead of letting the insult slide, or responding to the stranger in a similarly rude people’s manner, the brave girl decided to ask her dad, who lives in Saudi Arabia, if it was ok for her to remove her hijab. What did he say? See for yourself below. She shared his answer on Twitter and it’s since gone viral with over 320k likes 147k shares.

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17-year-old Lamyaa is an Arab Muslim woman from Pennsylvania

She was recently having a group chat with friends when somebody she didn’t know insulted her

Lamyaa decided to ask her father if it was OK to take off her hijab, and his response couldn’t have been better

Many people were quick to stand behind Lamyaa and her father

And Lamyaa was also keen to let people know that she had no intention of actually taking her hijab off

Other people had different views however

And so Lamyaa decided to clarify things a little

“Your dad is so sweet!” wrote one person, and we have to agree

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fati_nateghi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to take off my hijab too.and my family are ok with that.but I cant!! because Im living in IRAN and having hijab is COERCIVE ...:(

Skor Pidius
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, she says she wears it for god... but as far as I know, it is nowhere mentioned in the Koran that women have to wear it... if her dad doesn't care if she wears it or not is nice for her, but a large amount of women are forced from society to wear it. So, completely useless panda post :-(

Kristi Zoebelein
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is not wearing it for ANYONE because she's required to, not even for God. She wears it out of reverence and respect for herself, for her religion, and her God. Some Christian and Jewish women wear head coverings out of respect and reverence, Islam is no different. It is no different then some women wearing skirts to church out of respect, or some men not shaving their beards, or men taking off their hats when they enter a church. No one is forcing them, their holy book doesn't demand it, they do it by choice out of respect.

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Curtis Page
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A true American knows we have the freedom to worship anyway we choose as long as it does not inflict harm on anyone else, and should defend that right. Religion should be a personal relationship between you and the god you believe to be true, not a political status.

GlassOfWater
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact that Islamophobia exists still makes me sad...

Little Menace
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It isn't islamophobia. Wearing a hijab is not mandatory as per koran, it is cultural but has been hijacked. Therefore if women want to take it off, they should be but people like you help the oppressors by saying it would be islamophobia to tell them otherwise. YOU are stopping progress with your so called open-mindedness [and it is to the detriment of actual freedom for these women].

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Cesi Baca
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The point is she did after all end up asking her dad first. She has freedom to wear it or not, because 1. she is not in Suadi Arabia and 2. Her father gives her that freedom. If her father had said no, it would be case closed, if she was living in Saudia Arabia she could not step foot outside without it.

Sandra Streifel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She ended up asking her Dad for evidence, online, for the Islamophobes who were commenting. She had no intention of taking off her hijab, and it's her decision.

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PetruF
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know who I'd be beating if I found out my child is being harassed ;)

ACCOUNT HIJACKED by a friendly hijacker
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The previous reply was incorrect, in reality you would be beating yourself up, then the harasser up, then (if it applies, as in my case, it does) the therapist up. I agree with the article that Cybernetic harassment is ignorant, insensitive, and possibly trolling.

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Ionut S
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is one question here that nobody is asking it: why did she need to ask her dad if it was OK or NOT to take off her hijab ? If wearing the hijab is an option by rule and not the exception, the question itself would be plain stupid. It would be as stupid as if one of my girls would ask for my permission to take of their hat. (and they are only 4 and 6 years old) .

Sarah White
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was to prove a point to the stranger who berated her that her dad would not beat her if she chose to take it off. Living in a country where she is not forced to, she was just trying to say that she wears it for herself, not becuase anyone in her life is pressuring her too. :)

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GalaxyInAJar
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love hijabs, they are truly beautiful... I am planning to ware a hijab to the upcoming formal

Melody Lanzatella
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THIS is the EXCEPTION! By and large and of course, mostly in their home countries, if a woman even asked this question she would be horribly punished! There are STILL millions of women living in fear and dying via "honor killings" at the hands of their own family! And dont even get me started on the "female circumcision" that they subject their young girls to! No meds to help, the women hold the young girl down and mutilate her genitalia! Because the men there believe the women should feel pain while having sex! BLECH! I cannot stand the way they treat women!

Amr Mohamed
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I also do not support honor killings or FGM. But how do you figure that she is an exception? Where are your facts to back this up?

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Rukia Kuchiki
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't care whether she wears a hijab or not but the whole thing seems fake to me. A stunt to make herself a martyr...the father's picture also looks way too generic, like it was selected quickly from a random google search :/ The text seems fabricated as well. The daughter's text only says "delivered", yet the father answered it. Shouldn't it be listed as SEEN in this case, as you can see in this article: https://www.boredpanda.com/guy-asks-girl-to-send-him-nudes-girl-sends-best-response-ever/

Amr Mohamed
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Each recipient has the option to turn on "Read" receipts on the iPhone. It is actually off by default. I would respond the same as her dad.

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Iapetos
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

His response was brilliant, indeed. Especially the "Is everything ok, did something happen?" part.

Kirti Patel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hijab is the dress code of Sharia, Hijab means submission to Sharia and accepting its supremacy in one's life. The day sharia gives its adherents and non-adherents choices and freedom, it would mean something, other wise, it is all white wash meant to hoodwink the gullibles

Grace Childs
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another made up story. MFI (made for idiots)

Daniel Everitt
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a westerner, and a humanist, I have a very limited perspective on the hijab. I've always thought of it as a way in which men put limitations on women in order to control them. In so many ways, I think of the hijab - and the other garment that is full length and covers all but the eyes - in much the same way I think of the older habits/garb of Roman Catholic Nuns. While some were associated with the traditional garb of women during the time in which the religious order was founded, so much of it was a complete covering over of the woman's body (wrapping of the face, burying the body under bolts of fabric and heavily starched pieces). It leads me to believe that these religious traditions have a blatant distrust of the feminine, covered over in folkways and mores that are designed to "protect women". Underlying that is a conception of men as unable to control themselves at the sight of a woman, and that since men are uncontrollable - women must make the adjustment by hiding.

Ellen Komsa-Strayer
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Her dad is absolutely awesome! That was the best answer he could possibly give her...problems occur in muslim countries not in America...u ignorant people need to put a sock in it...Its a belief n a way of life. We have ours n they have theirs. I don't expect someone to put me down for mine. Stop attacking people for their beliefs. I have an Egyptian Muslim son in law. I love him and his family. Wouldn't ever change that. You ALL need to stop picking apart their beliefs Just grow up!

James Teves
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I say, take it off if you want too. No one should judge you for your own decisions.

thomas frix
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not all Muslim women were hijabs/want to were hijads

SnoopyCereal
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please, if you can't even spell "Qur'an" correctly, you shouldn't be commenting on the matter.

June Pixeld
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well i see most people offended that the father seems "fake" . Guess we should worry less abt islamism and ask ourselves why are we so used to bad parenting in our own homes.

Eliyahu Rooff
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The important point she's making is that it's her decision to wear it and no one else's. Her father made that clear as well.

Nainaa Marshall
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought hijab was for simplicity the purpose is defeated with all that makeup.

Jeanne Deaux
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Her poor dad seemed so worried, he really thought something terrible happened to her. She has a very good dad. And I like the purpose of her actions, well done.

Nkkin abdou
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be clear .. what she's calling hijab has nothing to do with islam hijab ... It is just a scarf all around her head.. fashion style hh... And no one can force you to do things you are not willing to do

Mel Lagon
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that's a funny thing about women in this world but lets amplify the situation most Muslims who live in the western world follow their religion which is and i hope by most acceptable, If they choose to wear garments for any reason. Who is any one to say other wise ? as long as what ever any one does and does NOT break any laws why do people have to complain ?

Tad Perry
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a Christian who believes that my God is Allah--the same God that Muslims believe in. I believe in kneeling when I pray because I should not stand as if I am an equal, but I think that most of this kind of thing is superstition. Both Christianity and Islam ask its followers to believe and do things that are not important at all in the Eyes of the Mighty Allah. Be good, do good, think good and act for the right reasons. He will love you whether you wear or do not wear a hijab. He will love you whether you do or do not eat a cracker and sip some wine. Even if you do wrong, He will love you as He teaches you the painful return lesson of how it felt to be that other person that you yourself once hurt. She can do as she wishes regarding what she wears and why she wears it, and apparently she realizes that, in the end, it is not really a requirement and it should not be.

William Turner
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

FINALLY SOMEONE SHOWS THAT NOT ALL MUSLIM FATHERS ARE RADICAL MONSTERS. GREAT DAD.

Tea
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people may be oppressed. And trust me its not a reason to bully Hijabi girls and women. You, yes you are the ones who make us feel more oppressed, not our families , brothers and fathers. You mock us, you force us to take our hijabs off (Yes, in some countries they take hijab off girls forcefully) you try to make us feel that we are less of human beings than you are. And how come after that you even say something about oppression?! Thank God, there are people who are friendly towards Muslims. People who respect and understand their religion.

Molly Hughes
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for you! Keep it on, show where you are from, and wear it proudly!

Donegalsean
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nothing is more valuable than freedom!

Rose Jones
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Majority comments here based on people's opinion about Islam, not facts about the religion itself at all. How a person practices Islam personally or how a country rules does not MAKE the religion itself. All the haters of Islam itself (as opposed to the humans purporting to use Islamic "principles" - many times incorrectly) is just plain ignorance and irresponsible. Rather then just accept what You heard on tv or read on news or googled an article full of propaganda take a minute to do some educational research on the principles of islam. Your hatred of the religion does not diminish the religion even an iota. Do not think Islam is Isis, Syria, Iran, or your opinions etc

el pibe
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ponete a laburar y deja de hinchar con pelotudeces

Asya Hameş
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is real Islam who lets your own decision! In Turkey it is also mostly like that if the person knows Islam really, you will decide what will you do. TV Islam is isis's Islam, not real one.....

Ilke Yesilay
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ok. you wear it for GOD. however since it's not something you, yourself come up with, since it's pushed by the religion based on the thought that woman hair is SINFUL! therefore by wearing it "voluntarily", you only approve that idea woman being sinful creatures! GET REAL!

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a whole bunch of babbling nonsense. Do you realize how much of the western culture has been influenced by religion and outdated ideas and customs? Yet we all still do it. Do you go around screaming at everyone doing something based on any outdated idea? Christian and Jewish women sometimes cover their hair depending on the denomination. Women are walked down the aisle at their wedding by their fathers, we say "bless you" when someone sneezes, and on and on. Do you scream and shout at those things too?

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Sondre Strøm Linde
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant response? OF COURSE it's not his decision. If he said anything else it would suck ass.

Cathy Shift
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that was the very point she was making. people seem to be forgetting that she was responding to some ignorant comment that some asshole made.

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Claudia Machado
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Funny thing is she doesn't use it in her profile picture.

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thought the same, but she's using a black hijab that doesn't cover her chin. Just googled her photo and saw it.

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Ramses V
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great respect to both dad and daughter.

Ramses V
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can respect the dad and his daughter no matter there religion.

Laiba Khan
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yesss! One muslim women doesnt speak for all of them! people need to understand this thing.. and coming to our choice yes wear what makes you feel comfortable and as faar as coming to the topic of some women not able to remove hijab becuase of society isnt it the same as some owmen not being able to get education due to society, if you really want to do something you always find a way.

Yvonne Francine
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love long beautiful hair flowing in the wind

Seema Gupta
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really respect every culture but it is not fair for only women wear hijab. Why men don't wear Hijab??? If it is okay for women to wear it then it should be fine with men too, right?

Ricardo Rodrigues
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of people confuse Hijab with Burqah. The Hijab is beautiful and should be left to the discretion of the user to wear it or not depending on the countries she resides in.

Ricardo Rodrigues
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

matters of faith cannot be equated to constitutional matters which may or may not be the same. So maybe in Saudi Arabia it is both faith and constitutional but when people migrate to other countries it is the constitution of that country one should abide and not faith.

Only1A (Audrey)
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it just me or does she look like Sofia carson

Classic Cars
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

hijab is personal interest. one can wear it if she want maintain his religious manner.

Carol Taylor
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

l personally have no problem of Muslim women wearing the Hijab..there are Christian groups that have their women wearing head scarfs and we dont hound them..what l find uncomfortable are the women wearing the full on, face covering burka's..we as a nation of communicators do so by a % of facial expressions..we say one thing but out face will say something else..when you are trying to communicate with someone who's face is totally covered then you may as well be a blind person cause it equates to the same thing..and besides, how can you talk to other people clearly if you are talking through muffling material..??

Carolyn Butts
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If she wanted to take off her hijab why did she feel obligated to ask her dad? She's in this country, Dad's in Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries for women. Apparently the long arm of patriarchal Islam reaches everywhere. Any religious culture that tells women they must wear something to cover their heads is stifling and misogynistic. I don't care if it's Islam, Christianity, Judaism or what.

Claire Bear
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow just wow that's an amazing story she is so pretty!

John Beardsley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd love to have you and your family for neighbors, Lamyaa.

Carolyn Young
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think we live in a community, a nation which is finally experiencing the repercussions of a lack of common sense, compassion, and plain common sense. We are being drowned by those whose minds are so narrow they could easily slide them through the thinnest of objects, including the eye of a needle. As if The Bible does not in the old testament tells of an entire family being stoned for the crime of one person. Christens are the most narrow-minded, the most prejudice, the most judgmental. When each one of them dies, they will find God did not say, condone, or appreciate them hating and exhibiting while breathing intolerance supposedly on HIS behalf! Going to bust HELL wide open!!! Many have already and continue to do so. There is more than one religion and being a Muslim does not automatically mean a person is bad or a terrorist no more than being a Christen denotes a person is good.

Sarah White
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I truly appreciate her and her fathers views. I understand that some may believe that hijabs were just created so men could overpower women but I feel as though it is sexist to say that. It's giving the men control, suggesting that we only wear it for them. This girl, even though she may not live in a country where she is forced to wear it, still chooses to out of her idea of respect for herself, her religion and her culture. I appreciate that she wears it because SHE wants to, no one else. And that's the most important thing. Wear whatever the hell you want as long as it's for yourself and makes you happy. Heck, even wear a collar or a...I don't know, fake bird on your head as long as it's because you want to.

Kati
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's so beautiful.

pink_glitter
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With tons of makeup and a scarf covering half her face yes...She shouldn't wear makeup if she wishes to wear a hijab...the hijab is supposed to give women modesty. She obviously is a hypocrite who wears the hijab as an accessory. Fake like all those Muslim immigrants...

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Bassim Fadly
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته .. الإسلام لم يكن الدين الوحيد الذي فرض أو أمر بالحجاب بال هناك التوراة ( اليهوديه ) و الإنجيل ( المسيحيه ) و حتى بعض الديانات الغير سماويه أيضا .... لكن الغرض من الحجاب في الإسلام ليس قهر المرأة بال الحفاظ عليها و حمايتها .... و الإسلام في حد ذاته لا يجبر أحد بال دائما ما يكون عن اقتناع في أغلب الأمور ... كما أن الإسلام بريء من التعصب و العنف ... فهو دين تسامح و سلام

Mö Mö
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that this is a mistake God imposed on us in the Koran, how to disobey God is not a charade !!!, If you don't love it for you , love it for God❤

Tyty Gyver
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A man should be what he was born to be: free and independent - JFK No matter gender, male or female... must be FREE and independent !

Charles O'Brien
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish that each would make their self their own concern,and leave others to themselves.I would also say that a god was man's worst creation no matter where or how many its a way to control the mind of many.An education to the highest standard possible should be our species concern for all of our species.Any talk of a being you cant see,hear,touch,smell and has to be in the negative when others are asked to disprove,there has never been proof of any super being creating all that there is as what was before that being? another one? There has never been proof that such a being exists except in the dreams of people,perhaps more of a hope against all that is evil/bad of our species and that some day some place all will be healed.

Pennyworth
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is the obsession with staying covered/huddled up in fabric their whole lives?

Sarah White
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Many are forced into it and others choose to do it for themselves, their culture or their God. It's like when Christians wear a necklace with a cross on it, it's something that proudfully shows their religion and an expression of who they are. Hope that answers your question! :)

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fati_nateghi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just want to have authority and freedom of thought.I want to make decision for my self to have hijab or not.

Kim David
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Political correctness my ass! People are literally becoming zombies of fake justice. And they just love to denounce people with normal ideas. You guys are either hypocrites or completely insane.😂

Ronald Ferreira
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

beautiful women dont age in that country cause no sunlight. even blessed mother still wears that stuff on her head.

Master Markus
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, it's great that you have a supportive father who isn't too religious, but that's because he's a good man, not that the religion and all it's rules are stuff everyone does or can ignore.