Hi­jab in Play­boy

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai

Some see the hi­jab that cov­ers the hair as a sym­bol of mod­esty and chastity that dis­tin­guishes Mus­lim women from other women. Con­versely, they view Play­boy mag­a­zine as a tool of porno­graphic pic­tures of nude girls that sym­bol­izes per­mis­sive­ness and sex­ual free­dom, de­spite the fact that this mag­a­zine stopped pub­lish­ing nude pic­tures a year ago after six full decades of dis­sem­i­na­tion of pornog­ra­phy. Now, a beau­ti­ful Mus­lim girl has sud­denly ap­peared in this mag­a­zine to ig­nite a heated debate among many Mus­lims, both sup­port­ers and op­po­nents.

Amer­i­can Mus­lim jour­nal­ist of Libyan de­scent Noor Tagouri ap­peared with a head­scarf and de­cent clothes in Play­boy in Oc­to­ber. But the beau­ti­ful images were not wel­comed by many Mus­lims. I think this lady has made history by be­com­ing the first woman to wear a hi­jab fea­tured in Play­boy mag­a­zine. Tagouri, a jour­nal­ist at Newsy, stars as part of the mag­a­zine’s Rene­gades is­sue, which fea­tures eight men and women “who aren’t afraid to break the rules”.

It seems that the main ob­jec­tive of the ap­pear­ance of Noor with a head­scarf was to send the world a clear mes­sage, which is not to be afraid of the hi­jab and not deal with those wear­ing it in a neg­a­tive way. I did not ex­pect con­ser­va­tives to clap and wel­come her ac­tion as one of per­sonal free­dom, but it is un­for­tu­nate that some peo­ple at­tacked her se­verely, some even out of jeal­ousy. They are re­ally nar­row-minded peo­ple.

Some fe­male writers and jour­nal­ists tried to raise a fuss, as Play­boy is known for be­ing a porno­graphic mag­a­zine, and the pres­ence of a Mus­lim girl in its pages looks like con­tra­dic­tory be­hav­ior.

But they over­look the fact that the hi­jab is a cover for the hair for mod­esty and has noth­ing to do with moral­ity. Ba­si­cally, if we un­der­stand the head­scarf as a sym­bol of chastity, does this mean that a man with a beard is a saint? Osama bin Laden and IS mil­i­tants wear long beards. What does this make them?

A rad­i­cal re­sponse came from some hard­line Is­lamic par­ties that an­nounced that Tagouri has in­sulted Mus­lims. So all th­ese killings and chaos by ter­ror­ists and con­ser­va­tive groups have not in­sulted Is­lam, but the ap­pear­ance of a young lady on a mag­a­zine did. That is com­plete con­tra­dic­tion. I salute the courage of this girl, whether some peo­ple liked the pic­tures or not. Noor made history and her mes­sage is re­ceived.

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