The Media’s Portrayal of Islam and the Hijab

The weather, people, culture, society and the environment in which we find ourselves can provide many perspectives on the problem we see in modern society. One of the many controversial topics is Islam and the hijab. Because of the influence of the media in the minds of many non-Muslims about the concepts of the hijab, many questions and generalizations are often formed.

During the years of conflict between “West” and “Islam” the media has profoundly changed the minds of non-Muslims through the negative exploitation of Islam and Muslims, especially Muslim women. Misconceptions like, “Are you bald from the bottom,” “Are you going to sleep with him?”

A common misconception is that “the Islamic hijab is cultural, not religious.” The use of the word “cultural” is wrong to describe the hijab, as it implies that it is the result of customs and customs other than Islam. The cultural costume dates back to the old pre-Islamic era (Jahilya). It is a pre-Islamic veil considered “traditional” that prevents women from contributing to society. On the contrary, the Islamic hijab is not considered an informal tradition and does not reduce self-esteem. The hijab is designed to ensure women’s balance and equality in society. The Taliban in Afghanistan is an example of the pre-Islamic era of our modern world. The Taliban is a party that considers these activities anti-Islamic for women who are not allowed to enjoy their basic rights. The Taliban banned women from working outside the home, with the exception of the health sector, and cut off girls’ education.

Prophet Muhammad (God bless him and welcomes him) said, “The pursuit of knowledge is the task of every Muslim.” Even Henry VIII forbade women to study the Bible when the first English translations appeared. Paradoxically, although the Taliban claim that their guiding philosophy towards women is to provide physical protection and self-respect to women, where many Afghan women have been killed, beaten and hanged in public. For many Afghan women, fear of severe sanctions by the Taliban is their main security concern.

Another misconception is that “Muslim women have no right to Islam.” Islam gave women rights more than 1,400 years ago, which are still ignored by many Muslims and non-Muslims. First, Islam gave women a fundamental right to freedom of expression. At the dawn of Islam, Islamic State leaders consulted women on legal issues. Only non-Muslims have been granted rights to Muslim women since time immemorial. In Islam, a woman is free to be who she is inside and is protected from being portrayed as a sex symbol and unwilling. Islam praises the status of women, ordering them to “enjoy the rights equal to men’s rights in everything, that they are on an equal footing with men” (Koran, Nadvi: 11) and that they have common rights and responsibilities in all respects. Aspects. Life.

Many women are treated far from Islamic ideals, but in the name of Islam. The Taliban is an example of a cultural and political name associated with Islam. There is no freedom for women if they are locked in their homes in the name of hijab and Islam. Moreover, the veil of Islam is not associated with the veil of oppression.

Women who regain their identity and role in society now wear the hijab and adhere to the concept of liberation. They occupy the rightful place that Islam gave them fourteen centuries ago. In fact, Western women had no rights, no rights to their husbands. The wife was not only her husband’s property, but also their property. In 1919, women in England fought for their rights to be elected to Parliament. Because of their demands, they were imprisoned by the government and badly hurt. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th century that women gained these rights.

A quote from the Koran in Sura 2:26 reads:
“And women have rights over men, as men over women.”

The story behind the relationship between Islam and the West will shed some light on why Muslims are so negatively portrayed in the media. Some important factors are the medieval Western conflict, the Crusades, the oil crisis of the 1970s, the Civil War in Lebanon, the Iranian revolution, the Gulf War and the explosive Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 9/11 attacks, the Bali massacre. And the explosions in London. . Throughout these events, Islam has always been associated with violence and unresolved conflicts. Moreover, the perception that Muslims resort to violence usually explains why Muslims pose a threat to the West. One of the most effective ways in which the media in any way try to prevent Islam from being perceived in a positive context is through the development of propaganda against Muslims and Islam.

The media can use the hijab to exploit and humiliate Muslim women. In some cases, the media have suggested that the actions of a Muslim are representative of the Muslim population as a whole. It’s a generalization. For members of society it is an example of insulting and humiliating them.

The image of a Muslim woman in a veil was described as “dead for a walk” in an Australian magazine on January 25-26, 1995. The media suggested that women’s position in Islamic society should be characterized as dominant. The image also showed the difference between Muslim women and Western women in modern society.

In the current broadcasts, viewers are bombarded with images of Muslims as violent terrorists, without regret killing innocent people. It follows that viewers of such programs recognize and accept only labels, and therefore with Islam immediately associate them with negative images.

I asked a Parramatta resident who wished to remain anonymous whether “the 9/11 attacks changed their views on Islam and Muslim women”? He said: “I never knew Islam, and the Koran preached terrorism. He made me learn about Islam and its teachings. It made me realize the complexities of Islam and politics in the Middle East, including the veil of Muslim women.” This response shows how much the media influences viewers.

In Western society, the practice of wearing the hijab by Muslim women has led to extreme views on their so-called “oppression” and lack of freedom. Despite the obvious portrayal of Muslim women and the surrounding myths, such as; “Muslim women are being oppressed,” remains many Western women returning to Islam. Islam uses the hijab to protect women. This is ironic because the Western media often portray the Muslim veil as an oppressive force in a woman’s life.

Every Muslim woman must wear a headscarf or headdress and loose modest clothing. It is not a way to control or suppress a woman’s sexuality, but rather a remedy. This means that by dressing in this way, she will not only be perceived as a sex symbol, but will also be appreciated for her intelligence. Besides, it won’t prosecute him. It is interesting to note that women’s headgear is not an Islamic innovation, but it was also practiced by Judeo-Christian women centuries ago, and yet today the West laughs at it.

Naima Omar, a student at Western Sydney University, said: “It’s funny to say that the same veil worn by Catholic nuns for God is despised and presented as a symbol of submission and domination when worn by women. Muslim women with the intention of themselves. Protect yourself and dedicate yourself to God.”

The term “Islam” means “subjugation to the will of Allah” and “peace.” Muslims believe that Islam is not a religion, but a gift made by it.

Maria Moskovakis, 18, of the Orthodox Greek Church, said: “Yes, of course, Muslims are portrayed in the news negatively. The actions of a Muslim are portrayed with such bias. When a Muslim commits a crime, it is not. man, but man. The religion presented has been tested. Everything we hear and see is verified.

As El-Gharib (1996-97) observed, television, books, newspapers and magazines are used to portray Islam as a backward and barbaric religion. This is considered repressive and unjust; and what’s more, it is considered the most difficult for women.