How Hijab can be Jihad? Imam contextualizes how the hijab can be a tool for advancing political Islam using females as the vanguard.
“It is the hijab which is the distinctive identity of Muslim women.”
Toronto Imam Syed Rizvi is perhaps the most influential Shia Imam in all North America. He gave a lecture on December 17, 2021. Imam Syed Rizvi made it clear that Muslim women wear the hijab as a form of Jihad. Hijab is a political statement. It affirms the rights of the Muslim community to be recognized as a distinct people. Below is a partial transcript of the sermon regarding Quebec Bill 21.
Imam Syed Rizvi
The statement which has come recently, especially from the leader of the NDP, it is more powerful, especially in the press conference. He used a very good example: a brother and a sister from the Muslim background in Quebec, both of them trained and qualified teachers. According to this law, the brother can be a teacher in this school but the sister cannot be because she is a hijabi.
This hijab cannot be a barrier. This is where I would say that Muslim women who are being targeted because they practice their faith, they are actually not only doing something on a personal level to practice this faith. It is in a way jihad for them. Muslim men we can just go around because beard is very common in many cultures. Attire-wise there is no issue. It is the hijab which is the distinctive identity of Muslim women.
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Some women tell me by choosing the hijab they make a political point, not a spiritual world one.
Is this confirmation the Hijab is a Form of Jihad?
NCCM, National Council of Canadian Muslims has developed workshops to normalize the view of hijab and Islam as the champion of human rights. They have also developed workshops that specifically target teachers and parents.
The hijab is being used as a tool to inculcate Islamic culture as normative. This is a definitive signal that Western culture is on the wain. In contrast Islamic culture is in the ascendance