"Beyond Islam and unbelief there is a ‘desert plain’. For us, there is a ‘yearning’ in the midst of that expanse. The knower of God who reaches that plain will prostrate in prayer, For there is neither Islam nor unbelief, nor any ‘where’ in that place"
Have you ever been judged based on your appearance? Some of us may have experienced this. Sometimes your clothes are an expression of your religion, culture, or feelings. Today I watched a video in jezebel about Muslim Hipsters that shows several young Muslim girls covered with hijab and doing different activities that can rarely be seen in some Muslim communities. They are doing skateboarding, biking, fencing and trying to enjoy their time like any other girl their age around the world.
They call themselves a "Mipsterz" who seeks inspiration from the Islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric Imams, and our fellow human beings searching for transcendental states of consciousness.
For me, there is a big message behind it. The way you are dressed can not be a reason to prevent you from doing normal activities and enjoying life. The way you are dressed should not give the idea to others that you are weak, different and unable to do what others can.
The situation of Muslim girls are different from country to country. During the recent years in Afghanistan, many social activities have been done to support women's activities. For example, Skateistan provides a safe educational environment for girls to learn skateboarding.
Every single step that is being taken to give a better image of girls and women who are being thought as second class in many developing societies is courageous and admirable.
Below is my recent interview with Hajer Naili, a Muslim French-Tunisian journalist who talks about how women can use social media for the promotion of their ideas and works.
Informative comments are most welcome :)