The propaganda of Western media, really has us fooled. An American or European woman who literally dresses and behaves like a prostitute, is portrayed as liberated, fashionable and enlightened, while a Muslim woman who, out of modesty, chooses to wear the hijaab, is seen as backward, misguided and oppressed. What a perversion of values! The poor woman in the West has been deceived and thinks that males have eventually relented by allowing her certain artificial freedoms of movement and behaviour, and thereby are giving her “liberation”. However, since the so-called “emancipation” of women, Western women are actually suffering more nervous breakdowns and psychiatric illness than ever before. In addition, women are now tragically subjected to increased level of rapes, molestation, unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS infection and STD’s, abortions, divorces, etc. What kind of freedom is this?

Read more: Are women truly free?

By Yvonne Ridley Sunday, October 22, 2006; Page B01 LONDON I used to look at veiled women as quiet, oppressed creatures -- until I was captured by the Taliban In September 2001, just 15 days after the terrorist attacks on the United States, I snuck into Afghanistan, clad in a head-to-toe blue burqa, intending to write a newspaper account of life under the repressive regime. Instead, I was discovered, arrested and detained for 10 days. I spat and swore at my captors; they called me a "bad" woman but let me go after I promised to read the Koran and study Islam. (Frankly, I'm not sure who was happier when I was freed -- they or I.) Back home in London, I kept my word about studying Islam -- and was amazed by what I discovered. I'd been expecting Koran chapters on how to beat your wife and oppress your daughters; instead, I found passages promoting the liberation of women. Two-and-a-half years after my capture, I converted to Islam, provoking a mixture of astonishment, disappointment and encouragement among friends and relatives. Now, it is with disgust and dismay that I watch here in Britain as former foreign secretary Jack Straw describes the Muslim nikab -- a face veil that reveals only the eyes -- as an unwelcome barrier to integration, with Prime Minister Tony Blair, writer Salman Rushdie and even Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi leaping to his defense.

Read more: How I Came to Love the Veil

We’ve grown accustomed to hearing the old propaganda originating from some Christians and atheists in Western countries, namely that Muslim women are subjugated and oppressed by being forced by their husbands and fathers to conceal their bodies from the public. In reply, we will not go into the whole counter-argument that this is God’s Law and not a decision taken by a tyrant husband, nor will we at length explain that modest Islamic dress has been prescribed for Muslim men as well, neither will we have to remind Christians that Islamic Hijaab for women is prescribed by Jesus(pbuh) in Matthew 5:28 also. (cf. the modest dress of Mary pbuh, mother of Jesus).

Read more: Modesty of women: A myth devasted


Who we are

Islam Awareness Centre, based in Port Elizabeth is run by a group of dedicated Muslims who's aim is to assist those interested in Islam and provide them with info of the teachings of the beautiful religion!

What we do

  • We distribute Islamic literature
  • Organise Dawah seminars
  • Training Dawah workers
  • Advertise in the public domain
  • Assist new reverts
  • Host Masjid tours

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  • 11a Rodney Street
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  • South Africa
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