It has been claimed that life is a stage. If this is true, then the star of life’s drama is a woman. Nowadays, the words “liberated” and “liberation” have completely lost their true meanings. Instead of describing one’s ones freedom from tyranny, oppression, or manmade systems, they have come to man being free from prohibitions – being free to do and to live however one wans. Confusions about the true meaning of these important words is heard more and more from women because they are terms with which women identify. A result of this confusion is that western women are unable to see the reality of their own oppression. People are taking other words flagrantly and incorrectly too. Words are taken out of context to alter their meanings – words such as “oppression” and “human rights”. What is evident is that these terms have been have been redefined under the context of liberalized, modern society. The word “oppression” is defined as “that which oppresses or burdens, a feeling of being heavy weighed down, either mentally or physically; depression, weariness.” “oppress” means “to subjugate or persecute by unjust or tyrannical use of force or authority.”
But nowadays many westerners use these words that infringes on their personal freedom, even if the infringement is a law or a regulation which might protect them. For them oppression is for the muslim woman who covers her body.
Firstly, the muslim woman dresses this way because it is a command from her Creator. Secondly, adherence to divine laws protects the believer both in this life and the life to come. By covering her body, the muslim woman is viewed with dignity and respect and is not seen as an object to be preyed upon. Indeed the muslim woman regards western women with pity. Sky rocketing, rape statistics, sexual harassment law suits, a burgeoning female pornography, AIDS… the woman suffering oppression is not the muslim but her western counterpart. People have grown to believe that if they are granted more freedom, they will be happier. Consequently, they no longer feel personal responsibility to society or even to another, much less themselves. This is only the beginning of the drama.