ANNALS OF HIJABIS on knowislam.com.ng Episode 8
As much as there are haters of the hijab, there are those who love it. The more the call to ban the hijab grows, the more people also wake up to embrace the hijab and the more there are those who go against its ban.
Just few days into the month of August 2018, a resident of London, Henry Stewart (Founder of Happy Ltd, London) sent a letter to ‘The Guardian’ sharing his thoughts on France’s ban on the burkini (Hijab).
His letter reads thus:
“No woman in a burqa (or a hijab or a burkini) has ever done me any harm. But I was sacked (without explanation) by a man in a suit. Men in suits missold me pensions and endowments, costing me thousands of pounds. A man in a suit led us on a disastrous and illegal war. Men in suits led the banks and crashed the world economy. Other men in suits then increased the misery to millions through austerity. If we are to start telling people what to wear, may be we should ban suits.”
After the letter was published by ‘The Guardian’, Henry pinned the letter to his Twitter profile @happyhenry on 12th of August, 2018 and captioned:
“Most people, who read the letter, get it. For those few who don’t, a quick explanation: It’s not about clothing. It’s about power. It’s about those who are blamed not being the ones that are to blame for the ills of our society.”
With his show of surprise that his message was published in his direct message via Twitter to A plus was making a further point:
“My guess is a lot of people have felt very uneasy about the burkini ban, and it may have helped put it into perspective. Though some of the reactions have been interesting, most people have got the point but some people don’t seem to get irony and humour. I of course don’t actually want to ban suits. For me the letter is about power, and the way the most powerless get picked on while the real problems are not addressed”.
If others had seen it the way Henry had seen it, the hijab would not have to be blamed for any of the ills committed by anybody. The harmless would have been left unoppressed and the powerless would have been made to live in peace.
“Maybe we can’t establish one faith, but we can establish one love. A love for humanity” – Unknown.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.
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