In our schooling, we all wear the same uniform. The purpose of which is to bring equality. But now a question is raised Muslim girls using the hijab is a part of the uniform or not? The question looks a little simple. But the answer contains too much variation.
In this article, we will discuss all the plots of the Issue that was raised in Karnataka. And also look at whether Hijab is important or not? But first of all, let’s discuss what is hijab?
What is Hijab?
Hijab is a head covering worn, used by some Muslim women in public. The purpose of the Hijab is to maintain the modesty and the privacy of Muslim women from unrelated males. Many women use Hijab, but many don’t. It’s all a woman’s choice.
According to some reports, the Hijab is not strictly defined in the Quran(Islamic holy book). It is a personal and cultural line, not the religious one.
What Quran says?
According to Quran, the most transparent verse for the modest dressing is Surah 24 and verse 31, which guide women to guard their genitalia and draw their khimār over their bosoms.
” And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their private parts; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimār over their breasts and not display their beauty except to their husband, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sister’s sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.”Surah 24 and Verse 31 of Quran
Also, in Surah 33 and verse 59, Muhammad commanded their family members and other Muslim women to wear outer garments when they go out, so they can not be harassed.
O Prophet! Enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): That is most convenient, that they may be distinguished and not be harassed.Surah 33 and verse 59 of Quran
What happened in Karnataka?
On 27 December 2021, In the Udupi district of Karnataka, the Government pre-university College for Girls. Denied entry of eight Muslim girls in the classroom because the girls were in Hijab. So the question rises that they started wearing hijab on 27 December or did they wear it earlier too?
So the students said they wear hijab earlier too, but only on college premises. But from 27th December they started wearing hijab in classes too. As they also saw their seniors wear Hijab in the Classroom.
Front of college on Hijab?
The Principle of Government pre-university College for Girls said to the media that there are many Muslim girls in Schools. But only a few present concerns about wearing hijab in the classroom. Also, he pointed out that these girls might belong to CFI(Campus Front of India).
What is CFI and PFI?
CFI is a student wing of the Popular Front of India(PFI). PFI is an Islamic organization that was established in 2006 and is active in the parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, etc. PFI doesn’t have a good history following the state as well as central government. The government of India is trying to ban PFI.
How does the Protest Start?
On the 2nd of February, 2022 some students in Saffron Shawls entered the college. They said that if Hijab is allowed then why not saffron shawls. And in many districts of Karnataka Bajrang dal and Hindu Sena forcefully provided the Saffron shawls to the students.
After this college took a decision and denied the entry of more than twenty Muslim girls in the College who were in the Hijab. Many regional journalists cover this news and the issue raised. And this same situation occurred in many parts of Madhya Pradesh too and it lighted in many states.
In between all these a video from the Mandya district, Karnataka got viral. in which a BSc girl came to college on Scooty wearing hijab and Burkha too. And from the front more than a dozen people wearing saffron shawls started shouting”Jai Shree Ram ” and in the reply, the girl started shouting”Allah hu Akbar”.
That girl said in the media that she had come to college for submitting the assignment. And when all this happened the college staff helped her. The girl also highlighted that many from the crowd were not belong to college.
One more video gets surfaced in which a student waved the saffron flag. Many say that they first pick out the national flag and then wave the saffron flag.
Now the case is going to the High court and the court will make the final decision on it. The situation is slipped to the worst and for three days educational institutions were announced to be closed.
Three Fronts on Hijab
- First front we see is belong to the people who support Hijab and say that hijab is their cultural traditional right. And also Constitution provided the right to practice and promote their religion peacefully. Also, I find nothing unpeaceful in wearing Hijab.
- Second front shows that may be, the people that don’t support Hijab not because they have a concern regarding women empowerment or equality. But because they hate that religion and just wants to oppose it.
- Third front highlight that schools have a uniform and hijab violates the uniformity. But what’s wrong in making hijab of the Chunni provided by the school. That too violates the Uniforms?
When I was in school, hardly I remember anyone’s last name in my class. I don’t have any point in he is George, or she is Muskan. And not only me, but every student also doesn’t find any point in name, caste, or religion. We don’t find anything wrong with Parvinder’s turban, Sahil’s janew or kalawa, or Ashima’s hijab.
Then Why today’s students are focusing on this? Who tells them to focus on this? Who is trying to disturb the equality of our nation?
Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with the hijab. And I believe in India’s constitution that, it will decide the good.
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