‘You’d Be Severely Beaten’

“In a since-deleted tweet, Alicia Keys seemed to be praising the sex-appeal of a niqab — a head covering worn by Muslim women…

“Here’s what’s missing from the gooey tweet extolling the diversity and beauty: in many countries where women are required to cover up with a hijab, showing one’s leg in such a manner would result in severe punishment…

“In response, a Muslim woman explains why sexualizing a niqab is offensive…

“In a series of tweets, Shireen Qudosi…explained why Keys’s post is severely tone deaf and offensive…

“In an interview…Qudosi had more to say on the matter.

‘…’When Alicia Keys romanticizes the niqab under the banner of diversity, she promotes the most savage and barbaric Arab tribalism that sees women as something to be possessed and contained. When I see good-intentioned people call ‘primitivism’ beautiful, that’s as offensive as someone saying American slave history was ‘beautiful and diverse’… ‘The niqab has no place in American society. It should never be entertained, let alone glorified.’
http://www.faithwire.com/2017/03/31/youd-be-severely-beaten-muslim-writer-slams-alicia-keys-for-tweeting-about-the-beauty-of-veils/

–‘Muslim Woman Rips Alicia Keys Hijab Tweet: You’d Be Severely Beaten’,
Bre Payton, The Federalist, March 31, 2017

https://thefederalist.com/2017/03/31/muslim-woman-rips-alicia-keys-youd-severely-beaten/

Left: Marks & Spencer’s Paisley Print Burkini. Right: An outfit from the Dolce & Gabbana Abaya and Hijab Collection.

“[F]ashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today’s society to normalize the hijab in America.”
— Melanie Elturk, CEO of ‘Haute Hijab’.

“In 2016, the élite fashion label ‘Dolce and Gabbana’ launched an “Abaya and Hijab Collection”. Months later, at ‘New York Fashion Week’, a sartorial Mecca, hosted the first catwalk spotlighting models fully donned in hijabs…

“Later in the year, ‘CoverGirl’, a popular affordable makeup line, announced Muslim beauty blogger Nura Afia as its newest “brand ambassador”. A 23-year-old wife and mother, Afia hosts a ‘YouTube’ channel, with over 200,000 subscribers, for hijab and makeup tutorials. She now stands with celebrities such as ‘CoverGirl’s first male makeup model, James Charles; ‘Modern Family’ star Sofia Vergara and pop singer Katy Perry in a campaign that highlights brands of makeup targeted at customers who applaud surface “diversity” and “equality”.

“Posing together for a ‘CoverGirl’ campaign aimed at portraying “diversity” were a male makeup model, a “hijabi”, a Latina TV star and a pop singer. It is a visual tableau trying to appeal to an audience that prizes “diversity” — one that sees “equality” based entirely on appearance rather than values or intrinsic worth… In this instance, a noted pop singer and a TV star are used as gateways to usher in the hijab as normal and perhaps even coveted…

“In an earlier ‘Refinery29’ interview, Afia had this message to share:
http://www.refinery29.com/2015/12/99693/nura-afia-muslim-beauty-blogger

“Islam is such a beautiful religion. It’s peaceful and everyone else twists it, even within our own faith…”

“Yet, in a ‘Facebook’ post just a month prior, Afia also shared this:
https://www.facebook.com/nura.chicka/posts/10153693134616788

“If you find yourself no longer my friend on FB it’s because you either shared or posted some straight up ignorant, racist, or bigoted [expletive].”

“Here you have the two faces of Islamist thought. The PR-friendly face of Islamist thought underscores the myth of peace, while on the other hand Islamism exiles dissenting voices as ignorant, racist or bigoted.

Khloe Kardashian

“Meanwhile, ‘CoverGirl’ and other brands uphold the hijab as a new standard of beauty, ignore the hijab’s extremely ugly origins. A handful of Islamic scholars believe the practice of hijab grew out of exclusionary practices designed to draw a distinction between “believing” women (Muslims) and “non-believing” women (non-Muslims).

“Islamic culture embraces piety through veiling the body of Muslim women, while at the same time it strips non-Muslim women of their dignity by seeing them as property and spoils of war to be parceled and consumed — a practice allowed by the faith.

“The origin of the hijab tradition in Islam likely pre-dates the Quran, and comes from early Islamic society… The practice of covering the hair grew from a slave-owning society…

“Professor Barlas circulates a widely-shared view among academics:

“These are rather straightforward verses: if Muslim women don an outer garment (jil-bab), non-Muslim men will recognize them as such and not harass them. In early slave-owning societies, like Arabia, the ‘law of the veil’ set apart free women from slaves and therefore women who were off-limits from those who ‘were fair game’ (Lerner in Ahmed 1992:15)…” …

“It is then a fantastic stretch of the imagination when brands such as ‘CoverGirl’ try to have consumers associate “equality” and “diversity” with hijabs and make-up. It also does not mirror the “Islam of peace” that many Muslims try to emphasize.

“These deeper conversations are lost when the market through which Afia reaches out is largely uninterested in history, facts or any other evidence that prompts inquiry or reflection…

“Normalizing the hijab reinforces the message that if you are not covered, you are not respectable and therefore not acceptable. That is the underbelly of Islamic culture: it controls thought and movement before attempting to corral other women into submission under the spoon-fed illusion of “diversity” and “equality”.”

–‘Islamism’s Culture War Sets Sight on Multi-Billion Dollar Beauty Industry’,
Shireen Qudosi, Gatestone Institute, March 28, 2017

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10121/islamism-beauty-industry

See also:
STOP Abusing Women’ (Saudi Arabia) {December 4 & 13, 2016}:
https://saynotosegregationblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/stop-abusing-women/
https://saynotosegregationblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/stop-abusing-women/

How Madonna and Hillary Clinton Betray Muslim Women{April 8, 2016}:
https://www.facebook.com/345805362190090/photos/a.350308008406492.1073741828.345805362190090/822604961176792/?type=3

Ban niqab, burka in all public places{September 17, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/345805362190090/photos/a.350308008406492.1073741828.345805362190090/732790620158227/?type=3

An Open letter to Niqab-Supporting Western Media{September 24, 2015}: https://www.facebook.com/345805362190090/photos/a.350308008406492.1073741828.345805362190090/736462939790995/?type=3

Muslim Canadian Congress calls for a ban on burka{October 15, 2015}: https://www.facebook.com/345805362190090/photos/a.350308008406492.1073741828.345805362190090/744743672296255/?type=3

Forcing Hijabs On International Competitors{October 31, 2016}:
https://saynotosegregation.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/forcing-hijabs-on-international-competitors/

What’s REALLY Behind ‘Climate Change’ (Iran) {June 17, 2016}:
https://saynotosegregationblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/whats-really-behind-climate-change/
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