What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada

What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Reviewer: Peter van de Ven I’m going to take you back
in time, 1400 years, to the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. To a time when Prophet Mouhammed
was given the task of finding a solution to women in the city
being attacked and molested. The situation was this: It was around the year 600 AD, long before the modern convenience, of plumbing. When a woman awoke
in the middle of the night with the urge to relieve herself, she would have to walk out, past the outskirts of the city,
and into the wild by herself, for privacy. Believe it or not, a group of men actually began
to see an opportunity in women’s nightly tracks, and started to linger
at the outskirts of the city – their identities hidden
in the dark, watching. If a woman walked by, and she happened to be wearing a jilbab, which was a garment like a coat, the men knew to leave her alone. A jilbab of centuries ago
was a status symbol, like a Burberry trench or a Chanel jacket. It announced that the woman was free, and a free woman
was protected by her clan. She would have no problems
speaking out against the attacker and identifying him. But if the woman walking out at night
wasn’t wearing a jilbab, if she happened to be dressed
a bit more freely, then the men knew she was a slave, and they attacked her. Concerned members of the community
brought the situation to the Prophet, and like so many other social,
political, and familial issues that Muhammed faced
during his Prophethood, he turned this particular
matter over to God, and a verse was revealed for the Quran, the Muslim holy book. “O Prophet,” it reads, “tell your wives, your daughters,
and the women of the believers to draw upon themselves their garments. This is better, so that they
not be known and molested.” Basically, the verse advises
that all women dress similarly, so that they can’t be
picked out from one another, zeroed in on, and attacked. Now, on the surface, this may seem like a relatively
easy solution to the problem, but turns out it wasn’t. The early Muslim community was tribal,
and so deeply entrenched in social status, and the idea that a slave
would look like a free woman, that was almost insulting. And then there was
the matter of practicality. How would a slave do her work? How would she function,
if her body was constricted by a coat? How would she cook, clean, fetch water? In the end, the early
Muslim scholars ruled that a woman’s way of dress
should be based on two considerations: a woman’s function in society – her role, what we might consider her job – and the society’s specific customs. Or, in another way: when in Rome. Muslims like to take historical rulings
and apply them to the modern era. So, let’s do that. A woman’s way of dress
should be based on custom and function. So, what does that mean for
a Muslim woman living in America today, for someone like me? First, it means that I have a function,
a role in society, a contribution that I can make. Second, it means that while I’m making that contribution, and living in a society
where veiling is not the custom, and where, in fact, if I veil
it might actually lead to harassment, then wearing what is the custom, such as a dress, a pair of jeans
or even yoga pants, is not only acceptable, it’s recommended. But wait, could that be right? After all, haven’t we all come to assume that a Muslim woman must veil, that veiling is
a requirement of her faith? There is even a term that we’ve all come to associate
with the Muslim woman’s veil, an Arabic term
that we’ve all heard use, whether or not we’ve been aware of it: “Hijab.” So, maybe I missed it. Maybe the requirement that a woman veil
is in a different part of the Quran. For those of you who don’t know,
the Quran consists of 114 chapters, each chapter is written out
in verses, like poetry. There are more
than 6,000 verses in the Quran. Out of the 6,000 plus verses, three refer to how a woman should dress. The first is the verse
I’ve already told you about. The second is a verse that directly
speaks to the Prophet’s wives, asking that they begin to dress
a bit more modestly because of their role,
their function in society as his wives. And the third verse
is similar to the first, in that it was revealed in direct response
to a historical situation. Early records show that the custom, the fashion during the pre-Islamic era, was for women to wear a scarf
on the head, called a khimar, which would be tucked behind the ears
and allowed to flow behind the back. In the front, a woman wore
a tight vest or a bodice, which she left open exposing her breasts – sort of like the images
you’ve seen in Game of Thrones. (Laughter) When Islam spread through
the Arabian Peninsula, a verse was sent down asking
that women use this scarf, or any other garment, to cover the breasts. And that’s it. That’s basically all there is in the Quran
concerning how a woman should dress. Turns out, God doesn’t give a bullet point
of all the parts on a woman’s body that he wants hidden from view. And in fact, it might be argued,
and it is argued, I cannot stress enough that it is argued
by many Muslim scholars that the reason these verses
were left intentionally vague is so that a woman could choose
for herself how to dress according to her specific culture and the progression of time. And that the term “hijab,” guess what? It’s not in any of these three verses. In fact, it’s nowhere in the Quran,
directly meaning a woman’s veil. That’s not to say that the word
doesn’t appear in the Quran because it does appear. But when it appears,
it’s actually used correctly, to mean a barrier or a divide. Such as the barrier or divide that exists
between us humans and the divine, or between believers and non-believers. Or it means a barrier,
like a physical screen, that men during Muhammad’s time
were asked to stand behind when speaking to his wives. Or it means the seclusion,
the separation that Mary sought when she was giving birth to Jesus. That separation and seclusion, that means hijab; that physical screen, that means hijab; that barrier, that divide, that means hijab. Hijab doesn’t mean a woman’s veil. And yet, isn’t it strange
that what the term actually means, being screened off, divided away,
barred, separated out, these are the very terms
that come to our minds when we think of a Muslim woman? Why shouldn’t they? We have all seen the way some Muslim women
are treated around the world: if she attempts to go to school, she’s shot in the head; if she attempts to drive a car, she’s jailed; if she attempts to take part in the political uprisings
happening in her own country, to be heard, to be counted, she is publicly assaulted. Forget about hiding out in the dark
at the outskirts of the city, some men now feel comfortable enough
to assault a woman on the sidewalk, for the world to see. And they don’t care
to hide their identities, they’re more interested
in making international headlines. They’re too busy making videos
and uploading them onto YouTube, bragging about what they’ve done. Why don’t they care
to hide their crimes? They don’t feel like
they’ve committed any crimes. It’s the women
who’ve committed the crimes. It’s the women who got
these funny ideas in their heads, ideas that actually
led them out of the house, led them into society, believing that they
can make a contribution, and we all know, honorable women, they stay at home; honorable women stay invisible. Just as it was the custom
for honorable women to do during the Prophet’s time. Is that true? 1400 years ago is long before feminism. Were women locked away
behind doors, screened off by veils? Well, it turns out
that the Prophet’s first wife was what we would define today as a CEO. She was a successful merchant whose caravan equaled the caravans
of all the other traders put together. She essentially headed up
a successful import-export company. When she hired Muhammed to work for her, she was so taken with his honesty that eventually she proposed. (Laughter) I’m not sure how many women
feel comfortable proposing marriage to a man today. And Muhammad’s second wife? She was no slacker either. She rode into battle
on the back of a camel, which is equivalent to a woman
riding into battle today inside of a Humvee or a tank. And what of the other women? Early records show that women
demanded to be included in the Islamic revolution
taking place around the Prophet. One woman became famous as a general when she led her army of men
into battle and crushed a rebellion. Men and women freely associated
with one another, exchanged gifts. It was custom for a woman
to select her own husband and propose. And when things didn’t work out, to initiate divorce. Women even loudly debated
with the Prophet himself. Seems to me that if fundamentalists want to return
current Muslim society to 680 AD, it might be a huge step forward. (Laughter) Progress. (Applause) But we still have to answer
an important question. If not from Islamic history,
and if not from the Quran, how is it that we, in the modern era, have come to associate
Muslim women with hijab? With being separated out from society, secluded and isolated, barred from the most basic human rights? I hope it’s not any surprise to you
that this isn’t by accident. For the past few decades, the very people
who have been given the important task of reading and interpreting the Quran in a variety of different
Muslim communities, certain clerics have been
inserting a certain meaning into those three verses concerning women. For instance that verse
I told you about earlier: “O Prophet, tell your wives,
your daughters, and the women of the believers
to draw upon themselves their garments, this is better, so that they
not be known and molested.” Some clerics, not all, some clerics have added a few words to that, so that in certain
translations of the Quran, that verse reads like this: “O Prophet, tell your wives,
your daughters, and the women of the believers,
to draw upon themselves their garments, parentheses, a garment is a veil that covers the entire head and the face, the neck and the breast
all the way down to the ankles and all the way to the wrists. Everything on a woman’s body
is covered except for one eye because she must see where she is headed, and the hands must be covered in gloves. Because, of course, there was certainly a lot of gloves
back in the desert of Saudi Arabia. (Laughter) Etc., etc., etc., etc.,
on, and on, and on, end of parentheses, so that she not be known and molested.” And what these so-called clerics have concluded based
on these types of insertions is that a woman only has one function. To understand what that function is, all you have to do is read
some of the fatwas or legal rulings that these so-called clerics
have actually gone ahead and issued. Let me give you a sampling. A woman need only finish elementary school before she gets married. Which puts her, what,
at the ripe old age of 11, 12 years old? A woman cannot fulfill
her spiritual obligations to God until she first fulfills
her physical obligations to her husband. If he desires her while she sits
on the mount of a camel, she should submit. Islam has forbidden a woman
from wearing a bra because bras lift up
and make a woman appear younger, and this is calculated deception. My personal favorite: if a man has an ulcer excreting puss, from the top of his head
to the bottom of his feet, and she licked it for him, she would still not fulfill
what she owes him. What these and the many other rulings
just like it concerning women boil down to is this: The best of women,
the most honorable among them is uneducated, and so powerless, not very different from a slave. So, she remains at home
without complaint, without a bra. (Laughter) Ready and available at all times
to satisfy his every whim, even if it’s to lick his entire body; satisfying him whenever he calls, whether it’s in his bed
or on the mount of a camel. Does this sound like God’s will to you? Does this sound like scripture? Or does this sound strangely,
uncomfortably erotic, like the worst kind of misogynist fantasy? Are these so-called clerics, and the fundamentalists
and extremists who support them, truly purifying Islam from within, bringing it back to its intended form? Or are these men
no different from those men standing out in the dark
at the outskirts of the city, eager to prey upon a woman? Thank you. (Applause)


  • Eiva says:

    Beautiful and breathtaking. I was mesmerized by your fascinating speech. Thank you for opening my eyes! Thank you for existing Ms. Ali! I'm so grateful for having watched this video. I wish the whole world could see this.

  • Ibrahim Hassan says:

    Hijab is the best protection for a woman,please don't allow rhetorics and beauty to get you confused in this video .

  • Basma Srour says:

    Quran told us about the real things that we must hide in our clothes
    And profit Mohammed told us what we should wear as Muslims women, told us that we must cover everything except the face and the hands
    From Quran:
    {وقل للمؤمنات يغضضن من أبصارهن ويحفظن فروجهن ولا يبدين زينتهن إلا ما ظهر منها وليضربن بخمرهن على جيوبهن ولا يبدين زينتهن إلا لبعولتهن أو آبائهن أو آباء بعولتهن أو أبنائهن أو أبناء بعولتهن أو إخوانهن أو بني إخوانهن أو بني أخواتهن أو نسائهن أو ما ملكت أيمانهن أو التابعين غير أولي الإربة من الرجال أو الطفل الذين لم يظهروا على عورات النساء ولا يضربن بأرجلهن ليعلم ما يخفين من زينتهن وتوبوا إلى الله جميعا أيه المؤمنون لعلكم تفلحون} [النور : 31]
    The Muslims women should wear as same as what she wear in the pray
    Yes, I agree that maybe that is very difficult for Muslims women to wear hijab in American community, but imagin if all Muslims women wear it, then it will be easier and common in these communities
    Profit Mohammed left Makkeh to Madinah when Muslims were not able to excute their Islamic habits under pressure, then Muslims today can move to another places to do their islamic habits freely (so no need to recommend another types of clothes)

  • Naz Shams says:

    So smartly she manupilated hijab..sorry but wht she spoke was all Wrong.. it is not wht is mentioned in Quran..i don't know from where she got these( wrong)details

  • Naz Shams says:

    She should be ashamed of speaking all Wrong things…wht she said was a lie..dnt know frm where she got these details

  • blue Corvette red says:


  • Fatimah Rania says:

    Why she so sure speaking about this sensitive topic?

  • Lena says:

    I want her to read me an audiobook please

  • Artaban Aida says:

    It is only about ego

  • Artaban Aida says:


  • Shahid Sayed says:

    Where is your hijab?……You should be ashamed of showing off your body, follow Islam 100% or else don't follow.

  • Shahid Sayed says:

    Secondly, say Muhammad (Pubh) and not the way you have said in video

  • Noelia Graziano Huray says:

    Debería darte vergüenza hablar así sobre tu propia religión. Ves a la sunnah,para encontrar como vestían las mujeres del profeta sws de las que hablas. Estas mintiendo sobre tu religión,cosas que están prohibidas y no lo están etc etc por personas como tú enamoradas de esta vida es que a mujeres musulmanas nos atacan cada día,por nuestro velo o niqab.difamadora que cosas estas diciendo,me da vergüenza escuchar tu video,lamer encima de un camello? Estas enferma.

  • Karen Dilday says:

    GOD is going to burn down mecca in one hour !! I want to see that !!!

  • Abu Ali says:

    under the spotlight
    yes you made it lady woohoo

  • Freedom62 Warda says:

    Le top

  • Ivan Meouch says:

    As a Christian, I say a woman can wear what she wants, but not everything a woman wears honours God and man. The bible teaches that a women should dress modestly. It seems to me also that the bible also talks about how a woman should cover her head as a sign of respect to her head which is man when preaching or praying in the church or other public place because she is stepping into the position and job of man. The bible clearly teaches that the man is the head of the woman and that the woman was created for the man. It also says a woman should not teach or usurp authority over a man. Modern society does not like this.

  • Akhmed Abakarov says:

    What kind of BS is that ?(( Flipped up side down everything as she wanted, no proofs no facts, just personal opinions (

  • Nunya Bizness says:

    I have no issue with the hijab I take issue with an ideology that says "death to America and death to Israel"

  • Nunya Bizness says:

    she takes her breaths through her nose like President Trump so you can hear them through the mic, it can be distracting.

  • Nunya Bizness says:

    so bottom line is Islam is anti-woman?

  • Hudson Intl says:

    How much did the Illuminati payed her?

  • ѕнαмα says:

    Bibi fatima daughter of rasool Allah muhammed SAW never came across non mehram in her whole life…. It is a message for all…

    Harrasment cases r another topic
    Dnt cnfuse people

    Dnt mix the culture with religion..

  • fal nartaki says:

    What a great way to manupilate and tell lies about Hijab.. most of what she said apart of the hijab is true.. but saying that hijab is not something fondamental for muslim women is a HUGE lie.. I'm with her when she said we need to go back 1400 year to progress because many fondamentalists are really distorting the true rules if Islam, but what this lady didn't tell you western people is that Islam is based not only on Quran but also in the prophet teachings that explains to us the verses of the Quran.. so if you find only 3 verses about the hijab in Quran that's because the prophet said enought about it. There is even a very known teaching about how muslim women should be clothed: her clothes must not prescribe her body, must not reveal her body and must not be transparent. this lady is just trying to give herself some excuses to not wear the hijab.. but she will know the truth when she will,one day, meet God face to face.

  • وهم وحلم says:

    كذابة , ومادامت كذبت في البداية على قصة الحجاب لن اكمل المقطع

    انصحوها تتثقف دينياً

  • Ssarah Kamal says:

    I actually don't understand. It was clearly said by this lady that the order to veil is for those women who are free and protected by their clans. N that distinguish them from the slaves. So my question is, today in this modern world, are there any women who are still being slaves? If i'm not mistaken we are all free n protected by our family and so we do need to wear the veil to show that we are free women and to cover ourselves from being molested and taken for granted. So I still can't relate. Veil do not cover our brains to think and will not limit our actions and if certain people think that they do not want to wear the veil, why bother to give such thoroughly explaination about wearing veil just to say that your act is right. Deal with it , quran says we need to wear the veil to prevent ourselves from being molested. If we choose not to wear it,then it is our choice. We do have right to choose. But do not deny or misinterprate or giving any explaination that'll make other people to misinterpret what was written in the quran. We are free to choose what we decided to choose. But we have to bear the consequences for all of our choices. There are a lot of guides given to us and if we choose not to bother, that is our own choice. Do not mislead other people with our choices. To say that u have reasons for it,it is your choice, nobody gonna question but when u mislead people by the misinterpretation of the quran that u believe, that will be argued by many people and believe me, who read thia, please find those arguments and u will find the truth about the veil.

  • Samiaji Judistira says:

    Her conclusion is that the Koran is not wrong, but the subsequent works of the clerics have corrupted the Koran – but only the parts that talk about women?

  • Foram Patel says:

    Her speech, thoughts, personality everything was smooth and astonishing.

  • manya bhartari says:

    Oh god! This has opened my mind to so much more knowledge Abt other religion's customs and tradition

  • hamza monga says:

    She is no Muslim, anyone who is sympathetic to her stance is neither a Muslim. Now that's a fawta…. Go on scurry away your derogatory comments…

  • megayorgan says:

    What confuses me is the event she told at the beginning and the information on obligation for women to wear hijab stems from the same sources. How can we chose which one is the truth, or which sources are reliable? How can we know (i mean really how) this story at the beginnig of the talk is true and Prophet’s sayings on hijab and stories about hijab are wrong? I am really confused and i need some help with this please 🙁

  • Best cubes of 2018 says:

    She didn't know right thing

  • Certi4ever C4 says:

    Some truth to this but its mostly a miss information as the quran is timeless guidence

  • Certi4ever C4 says:

    The deception is amazing in this lady…she really knows how to draw you in with with her guestures and tone of voice etc but the truth is her information is wrong and biased and she is aware of what she is doing misleading ppl smh

  • Zazali Irfan says:

    When those with LITTLE knowledge on the 1438 years of CULTURE/RELIGION…came here and comment..so vicious…pathetic!!!

  • Shivamil Tiwari says:

    So basically this is for a particular region and not apply to all region which were highly advanced before Arabic nightmare of war and disgust ..

  • Rabia İlyas says:

    Peki ya gecenin o zifiri karanlığında saklanan 'erkekler' günümüzde yok mu?

  • Yummy Mellon says:

    i honestly dont know whr she get the bra part..maybe in Arab alone?!!!

  • Ameena Rasheed says:

    Khimar is the head veil that is supposed to go around your chest. Its not "any other" garment.

  • tia acosta says:

    she is correct. completely. Hjiab means a barrier or divide and nowhere does it indicate it is to cover hear. I do not wear hijab on head but I do wear hijab in my dress ( modesty).

  • George Armenian says:

    I’ll have a piece of that cake.

  • harith almasi says:

    listening to this sister is a total misdirection and misconception. people like her have come n go but Islamic principles remain constant (to the end of time)

  • Naafil Riyaas says:

    Why didn't she say salawaat after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) name ?
    Fake muslims

  • world game says:

    This is something scientists and historians must discuss

  • Mo B says:

    The rulings the clerics give are based off of the Hadith(the sayings and actions of the prophet), and are fundamental to making a religious decision. This woman has ignored Hadith entirely and is only basing it on the Quran, if it were to be read with the Hadith then the misogynistic ideas she all claimed are true.

  • Dignified32 says:

    Stay away from Islam!

  • Niera Bint Mapantas says:

    study first and understand the pure knowledge of the Qur'an before giving statement to others.

  • Mustafa Alhamad says:

    What does the quran “really “ say!!!…. it is so funny.
    It is not appropriate to show a single point of view in such religious subject and clearing that this the only correct statement since different interpretations are exist and this happens in all religions with scriptures even in buddhism not only islam so again it not suppose to present this single opinion… all ideas are welcome but it should be cleared by the lady that this speech is what she is believing not the quran really says.

  • Peace-Of-Mind says:

    27,000 have voted thumbs down. I bet most of them were Muslims.

  • Franek says:

    In Russia and in Finland some 70-80 years ago almost all women used "hijabs" (headscarves) and especially in rural areas.

  • Mariam Bhatti says:

    It is funny that a majority of the people disagreeing with her and posting hateful comments are….men 🙂

  • Abdille Ahmed says:

    She knows nothing about Islam ,she needs to learn more about islam

  • Bachoo Samadh says:

    It's seemed you are more intelligent than the scholars of religion?

  • shaima juwairia says:

    One thing is for sure..learn the arabic language and read quran to understood it in its true form..translations are not enough

  • Ali Al-Bakistani says:

    Who is she? She's got no credibility. It's just she hates Hijab or she is just a propaganda tool (and not even a Muslim).

  • Star Chassis says:

    When she talks about "When in Rome" I was thrilled because my mother and I came to the same conclusion. A woman's clothing (in Islam) is for her protection, so that it doesn't draw attention to her. But when the headscarf starts drawing harassment, just take it off! You're in a country where this isn't the norm and people attack you over it. So don't be overly dramatic and just take it off. You can tie your hair or put it in a bun instead of letting it loose. Similarly, in a country where Hijab IS the norm you can wear it easily. My mother often tells us to cover our hair whenever we pass by places full of uneducated pervs. I'd rather they not see my hair (as hair is half of a person's beauty) so I see the logic in covering it up. It goes both ways geez

  • Abdous inspirant jh says:

    "there are more than 6,000 verses in the Holly quran" because you don't know the actual number. It's easy "6666"

  • Vam Monaco says:


  • Mahnoor Tabassam says:

    She looks a lot like Sofia Carson

  • Allison J says:

    after every pause i hear a sniff and that’s all i can focus on. help.

  • Lorni Lula says:

    Interesting interpretation by the lady. My advice (or criticism if you will) are first:
    1. Quran is not the only law a muslim should hold. There is also the hadith. If something is not clear in the quran, we should then refer to the hadith. If there is no law mentioned in the quran and hadith then refer to the fatwa/agreed law by the scholars.
    2. In interpreting Quran, there is a necessity for carefulness. To be aware that personal desire must not infiltrate the interpretation and decision. This is a weakness many muslims scholars or not is entrapped in. Just because God says you can marry up to 4 wives doesn't mean you can marry 4 wives just because you want to. There are rules, responsibilities, proprieties that enters into consideration. And some scholar even discourage polygamy.
    3. We muslim believe that the law in Quran is universal, all-encompassing, and suitable for all period of time. That is mainly the reason why many verses are quite vague. Surely the some verse interpreted by scholars 10 century ago may differs with present time interpretation.

    May Allah guide us to not be led astray.

  • Salaam Walker says:

    Based on her horrible pronunciation of Arabic words I can’t but assume she isn’t studying the Arabic Qur’an and therefore understanding the proper linguistics. She’s studying English interpreted meanings. Why? Because, she claims there’s no clear definition of what to cover and if that is true then it contradicts the word `Ala – `Ala means that something start from the highest point that we find in the saying of in the verse she quotes:

    يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِن

    "…And the women they should draw their cloaks over their whole body…"
    (Sūrah Ahzāb verse 59)

    ʿAlayhīnna! So `Ala here, it means that the Jilbāb it should come from the highest point. The highest point of the woman is obviously the head. The shoulder's of the woman is not the highest point of the woman. That is why when the woman wears the Jilbāb from the shoulders it will reveal the shape of the body. Whereas the legislated Jilbāb that starts from the head, it will conceal all of her body from the head to the chest, and that which is below it because it has come from the head.

  • The One says:

    When you talk about “fatwas” you have to mention the scholars sect as we know for a fact that there are some which are silly as the ones she has mentioned. If you would like to learn Islam learn from a Muslim

  • Heba Ali says:

    Whoever is concerning that Hijab doesn't belong to Islam. Just one question. If you're gonna be having a diamond are you gonna show that to the whole world or you're gonna put it into a safe? Just like that women are like diamond & precious in Islam & that's why they have been told to do Hijab. Have you ever seen a respected Queen to be seen by just like anyone? Nope! They are not allowed to be seen by just like anyone.

  • Shumael Shafi says:

    I never heard like this I think it's just confusing us (being female ) that what we are doing is correct and no need to cover or hijab .i totally disagreed .whatever is telling us just brain washing no informative

  • Humxer Muneer says:

    Women and men have equal but different responsibilities and no woman is to be put down at all cost but the mindset of the lecturer I don’t agree with at all

  • Miss Blue Nature says:

    It's is not said to cover the face or hands . Where did you get these from?

  • Miss Blue Nature says:

    Islam does not allow marriage between couples without the bride's consent. It's not forced for the children to marry bcz the children don't have any interest in marriage

  • Farkhondeh Pouresmaeili says:

    People need to read Quran themselves to find the depth of Hijab meaning by Allah. Whatever is presenting in this TED Show is just the lecturer/the actoress's personal thought. There are millions of university professors, inventors, educated women in modern fields of study who wearing Hijab, Are they full?!! or they have come into the myth of Quran about the human rights. Should everyone think about that.

  • Bobby Booshay says:


  • Rae Darden says:

    Instead, why not expect men to be respectful of women, and not see them as "consumables", available at men's will?
    Have always found it interesting how Omar (and others like her) wears her hair covering, a hijab, and bright red lipstick.
    She uses the "hijab" merely as a tool to gain control over American tradition, and draw attention to herself.

  • Raja Sekhar says:

    Why is this woman not wearing a burkha.. Guess she is not married to some Old mullah from iran or whatever that country that has the moon in the flag

  • Zaynab Thornton says:

    Lies all lies subahanAllah I once thought that but I had to study obviously she hasn’t she is mixing madhabs and culture

  • Victor W says:

    What a cold delivery, what a cold woman! Listening to her almost makes one to do the impossible; sympathize with those backward, incompetent, and insecure muslims!

  • seekingparadise66 says:

    Do you think the wives of the prophet SAW walked around looking like that? Seriously? People will say anything to try and prove their own whims and desires. If you don't agree with hijab, just state your own opinion. Don't say it's Islam though.

  • Shumila Malik says:

    The shittiest video ever!

  • Just Using says:

    To all the Muslims and those who wish to be Muslim or even those who just want to learn about Islam study Arabic then study the quran

  • Sädîq Edward Von Goyi says:

    Why muhammad didint abolish the slavery? Wouldn't that solve tho whole problem?

  • Iris says:

    unrelated, but i LOVE her shoes.

  • diphylleia grayi says:

    the raspiness of her voice matches the raspiness of mrs. peregrine.

    also i hope more people see this, it was very pleasing to watch.

  • jameel karaki says:

    Another self pro-claimed scholar, Historian, linguistic and a theologian.

  • Sara Grey says:

    9:30 what she said about men not feeling like they committed a crime is a major problem in the middle east like Islamic Republic of Iran.

  • Akhter Khan says:

    U r wife of dajjal

  • turki aljohani says:

    she took us to that point she wanted which was clearly about the extremists but she talked too way wrong about many things.

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  • ayda elias says:

    I would like to know your sources on the story at the beginning of your speech, about the women wearing jilbab and the slaves not wearing one. I am a Muslim women and I have never heard of that story. thank you

  • Sajid Hoosen says:

    How dishonest and cherry picked..

  • Alsamohsin Alsamohsin says:

    Read surah an nisa and hit har lie back onto her face and although she is mixing patriarchial society with quran and islam

  • Eüro Nasty says:

    Interesting but if I have to hear her odd/incorrect pronunciation of the word Quran I’ll have to take a Xanax. It’s either Ghur-án or Kurán but there’s no Muslim in the world that calls it a “Khurán”

  • Kaukab says:

    She doesn't know anything to be honest…giving references for her own advantage. She must be paid by ted talk to spread this propaganda…..but it doesn't worry me cause God has better plans for sure. How many women get insulted in western countries…in offices, in schools, in restaurants and everywhere…how much you are secure? The child usually doesn't know who is their bio parents. Trying to sound smart and making lame jokes won't help you out. Wait for it and watch.

  • tallaganda83 says:

    I find it so hard to believe people still believe in religions in 2019.

  • Abdullah Tariq says:

    People here criticizing her especially alot of Muslim women. What she just delivered is a masterpiece and you lot mocking her asking for sources. She single handedly cleared so many misconceptions about Women roles in Islam, while you should be thanking her your mocking her asking her for sources. I couldn't honestly saying clear that misconception but she did it. Bless her for this so proud right now. Be happy mates

  • Mahdi Khadivi says:

    this sedition will go on to the point of the absolute collapse the society if we don't start realizing it's result and there will come corrupted generations one after another … when will you start to realize to fight the cause not the result , the issue of feminism reminds me of how america is trying to teach schools how to confront the use of guns instead of trying to ban (or at least limit!) the use of guns . there is some one in this comment section who at least gets what i'm saying .

    by the way i voted down.

  • Nick Smith says:

    Islam is cancer.

  • kimjabanog says:

    It's not Jilbab, it's Jilwab

  • 라가워 says:

    انهم في النار يسمعون كلام الله ثم يحرفونه

  • saliu abubakar says:

    I like the eloquence and the quest by the speaker to seek for the freedom of women. Anyone alienating women should put a stop to it. However, Islam doesn't teach violence against women. Does she think exposing the body parts is a sign of freedom? It is not a sign of modesty. In Islam,both men and women are required to dress as such. What she is lacking is the in-dept knowledge of the Quran.

  • Din diny says:

    I understand that one of her purposes was to empower women, and I appreciate that.
    But she shouldn't framed muslim scholars who spent their entire life to learn about islam that way and she shouldn't only took 3 verse/ayah to justify her thought and action towards hijab and made people think that Islam only put the blame on women, while Qur'an and hadits mentioned both parties (men and women) hold responsibilities.

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