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Oh Muslim Men

This is an appeal to the men of this ummah.
A call to action from your wives, sisters, mothers and daughters.
Daily it seems I see a story, another headline about the abuse we are suffering at the hands of the hate-filled, ignorant, and afraid.
A sister kicked down a flight of stairs.
Another dragged by her scarf down the street.
A woman has coffee thrown in her face, another threatened with a dog, and on and on…
We are told in the Quran:
O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known…”
33:59
First and foremost: we wear our veils, our hijab, our jilbab and abaya for the sake of Allah subhana wa tala, but among the purposes we are give to submit to this command is that it will identify us clearly and unequivocally as Muslimat, that there will be no doubt as to who we are and what we stand for.
This also makes us targets.
We may as well have a bullseye on our heads for those fearful ignorant folks I mentioned earlier.
But the REAL problem arises when we are their ONLY possible target.
When our brothers, husbands, fathers and sons slip so easily by, unnoticed and unperturbed.
Oh men, have you forgotten that Hijab was made obligatory upon you FIRST?
Have you forgotten that just as you hold up examples of the Mothers of the Believers, of Maryam, of women in rubble clinging to their scarves for us to emulate, so too should you hold up the BEST OF ALL MANKIND as your own example?
So long as the men of this ummah hide with their shaved beards, long pants, tight shirts, gold chains, et all, we will continue to be the only target.
Oh Muslim Men
I and your sisters are living in a state for which you may be called to account.
When you choose to ignore the Sunnah as “just sunnah” you leave us unprotected and exposed.
When you choose to shave your beard to avoid standing out, I hope you take a moment to think of us, and the fact that we don’t have that option.
When you get your name shortened to ‘Mo’, from the Beautiful name of the Messenger of God, for your name tag at work, When you tell your friends “Merry Christmas”, when you hide your religion, when you ignore and allow our abuse, you too become responsible for it.
Allah has told you what your role is over us:
“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other…”
4:34
Perhaps you don’t know me, its likely we will never meet, but you can still help me. By being VISIBLY Muslim, by following the Sunnah of your Prophet salallahu alai hi wasalaam, you show the world we are not alone and defenseless, we are not ‘easy targets’, and we will be protected.
Oh Muslim Men, through the simple act of following the Sunnah, you stand in solidarity with us, and you make our lives and world a little safer.

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