The girl with the pink hijab (Part I)

29 09 2007

Most people have a tendency to paint the world in black and white but the fact is that the world is not black and white most of the time. I have also observed that there also the tendency of dividing the world into ‘us good people’, ‘those bad people’ and ‘other indifferent people’. Sometimes one has to look closely into the ‘other indifferent people’ to realize the humanity of ‘those bad people’ and to come to terms with the fact that there are good or bad people everywhere. And this is where the girl in the pink hijab comes into light. She comes from an East Asian culture where she is a minority and looked down upon if she reveals her religion to her country folk. Its not just the ordinary folk but even the educated people in her country who think like that. This made me think why a lot of Muslims channel their frustrations to only Western countries even though there are countries where Muslims are treated worse.

Its really interesting meeting her. She likes America because here ordinary people understand why she practices certain things like hijab even if they do not agree with her. Perhaps this is one of the things that has made America great – openness to different ideas. Before leaving she said, “Brother I do not want to live two lives any more. One for my country men and one for Muslims. I just want them to understand who I am.” Amen to that. One good thing about America is that it does give you the chance to become what you want. That was the lesson that I learned from the girl with the pink hijab.

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15 responses

29 09 2007
amal

it is a really good entry , I can relate to this , I am sick to death of rigid and black and white people.when you over simplify things like that , it actualy becomes more complicated, about what she said about america, I live in the UK as well , and that is how I feel about Uk,
more openmindid , then back home as they say .

pink hijab hahah , I remember this salafi brother did a talk saying it is haram for woman to wear to wear colourd hijab , my friend got so angry , she was in the audience wearing pink hijab.

29 09 2007
jahandost

Great, so you do understand what she meant. It gives me hope.

Yes she was wearing the pink hijab. The good thing is that she has not met those people in the Muslim community who think that all non-black hijabs are haram! That would make her even sader. 😦

29 09 2007
Manas

You know, I thought US was worse than Europe, but recently I my opinion changed. US public are more open to differences than are Europeans. Muslims in US are doing ok. Not so in Europe.

29 09 2007
Manas

As to Amal’s concern, I share it. Some people love to bully other people and show them down.

29 09 2007
jahandost

Manas, I did notice that many people who have not lived in the USA do think like that so you are not alone. However people who have lived in both Europe and USA do tend to rate USA much better in terms of religious freedom. Its not just religious freedom but also the fact that Americans, regardless of their religion, understand faith better than their European Counterparts.

30 09 2007
Manas

This war OF terror got me down a bit. It took me awhile to realize it was only the businessmen and some sick people called neocons who were into it.

My idea about Europe began to change when I heard of mosques being objected to and attacked everywhere.

30 09 2007
amal

I am very sursprised by manas and jahandost comments , teh image here that muslims who live in the uk is a very negative picture of american muslims, as in the way they live also , I imagined it to be very racist , but thats the media , also the stereotype you get of american people is very ignorant of muslims , here in the uk the british are far more tolerant , but france however isnt it all depends which part of europe you live in.

30 09 2007
Manas

amal

For my defence, yes I don’t think there are serious problems in the UK. However, in Europe(by Europe I exclude UK), there are a lot of problems. Only Germany seems to be a bit better.

1 10 2007
Sumera

Viva la pink/yellow/green/blue hijaabs!

According to some we should always be clad in black! How very depressing.

In the West although people may not understand why you are the way you are, why you practise your faith or have such beliefs, but they are more receptive towards it and “tolerate” or at least try to respect it.

Back “home” if you mingle with those who want to “break free from the backward culture” and they see you to be religious they think you’re “regressing” and backwards basically. How amusing dont you think, how the tables turn:p

2 10 2007
jahandost

Manas, its not just the USA but this is the case for other countries as well i.e., there are good people and there are bad people. The world is not black and white but there are many shades of gray.

Amal, I am also surprised to read the negative perception of American Muslim amongst British Muslim. I guess with respect to European countries we should also distinguish between the British and the continental Europe.

2 10 2007
jahandost

Welcome back to the blog, and I do mean back. 🙂 You are correct, if some people are clad in black then that is fine but if everyone is clad in black then it can be very depressing.

Regarding those kind of people back home, I have a funny way to deal with. Just talk in a highly Americanized like totally cool accent and they ‘ll be like totally confused.

17 10 2007
hijab

I am happy to be living in the UK, atleast I can dress the way i want

18 10 2007
Manas

Yes, there are good people, and there are bad people. What matters is is who matters.

In the USA, it seems good people matter a bit more than, say, in the Netherlands. But then, USA can boast no the Guardian, which UK can. Yes, there is no black and white.

21 10 2007
jahandost

Manas, indeed there is almost no black and white.

21 10 2007
jahandost

hijab, welcome to the blog. Yes that is one of the freedoms that we enjoy here.

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