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In recent times, the resurgence of the hijab along with various countries’ enforcement of it has led many to believe that Muslim women are required by their faith to wear the hijab. In this informative talk, novelist Samina Ali takes us on a journey back to Prophet Muhammad's time to reveal what the term “hijab” really means -- and it's not the Muslim woman's veil! So what does “hijab” actually mean, if not the veil, and how have fundamentalists conflated the term to deny women their rights? This surprising and unprecedented idea will not only challenge your assumptions about hijab but will change the way you see Muslim women.
Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom and in harnessing the power of media for social transformation. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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KOMMENTARE
Nazeema Bassa
Nazeema Bassa Vor 9 Minuten
You are a crazy woman what's in the Qur'aan cannot be changed and you have no knowledge of Islam and 1stly you are portraying dressed like a man absolutely unacceptable and the dressing of a Muslim woman is to protect her modesty that's also why when you die you are also protected by a sheet not showing your shape f your body plz get your facts before you preach
Sadam Khamis
Sadam Khamis Vor 4 Stunden
“O Prophet! Say to your wives, your daughters, and the women of the believers that: they should let down upon themselves their jalabib. This is better, so that they not be known and molested” chapter 33, verse 59 I'm only replying because of the obligation not to stay silentt when it comes to THE TRUTH. You can chose to wear or not to wear, it is between you and your lord, and the excuse that you will present for the choice you make. 'there is no compulsion in deen (way of life)'. There is however the creator's ordained set of rules to follow towards perfecting that way of life, for both men and women, outlined throughout the Qur'an and elaborated on by the prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w). One such obligation is for women to 'cover up their beauty' as outlined in surah ahzab, also surah noor. The manner in which this obligation was practiced as shown by the prophet (s.a.a.w) was that women immediately covered up their hair and wore long loose dresses. That is the practice liked by our beloved messenger, and remains as the standard for the practical application of the verse. now, if you dont like to, or want to, wear the hijab, do as you please, but not in the name of Islam. our way of life has already been perfected ALLAH says in the Qur'an. 'and today I have perfected for you your way of life and am pleased with Islam as your way of life'.
Berlherm E
Berlherm E Vor 5 Stunden
Do not Allah and his prophet know that sunlight on the body is good for health, that light can produce vitamin D essential for the health of people?
Berlherm E
Berlherm E Vor 6 Stunden
Why should women hide their bodies by wearing a hijab, when it would be much easier and less expensive for men to close their eyes and live blindly?
Berlherm E
Berlherm E Vor 6 Stunden
"The threat and the prohibition nullify the benefit of virtuous conduct. " There is no god, there is no prophet.
Sharis Mohamed
Sharis Mohamed Vor 6 Stunden
you are free to choose , but you are not not free from the consequences of your choices ( not referring to her )
Wayne
Wayne Vor 7 Stunden
More please.
asma hamadmad
asma hamadmad Vor 7 Stunden
Her voice is extremely annoying and provocative 😑
Ari Lehtiniemi
Ari Lehtiniemi Vor 10 Stunden
Can I get an amen. Respect.
gideondavid30
gideondavid30 Vor 11 Stunden
This women may have her facts 100% correct, but I doubt this is what the majority of Muslims believe. She still has to deal with other scriptures in the koran like how to beat your wife.
Music
Music Vor 14 Stunden
Am I the only one that thinks she cute maybe I'm crazy
Shaymaa Alsaidi
Shaymaa Alsaidi Vor 14 Stunden
WARNING: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT TURE AT ALLLLLL. THE MOST POWERFUL MIRACLE (THE QURAN) CLEARLY STATES THAT HIJAB IS MANDATORy
Nilo Dev
Nilo Dev Vor 15 Stunden
In Islam, if a family has a daughter and son, but can only educate one due to lack of finance, then Islam states that the daughter be educated instead of the son. Many cleric have bypassed/ignored this hadith but instead follow local traditions.
Pramila Menon
Pramila Menon Vor 19 Stunden
Use sunscreen....not hijab
Pramila Menon
Pramila Menon Vor 19 Stunden
Most religions try to justify their existence as well as the sustenance it provides the keepers of that religion....viz control centres...by using untenable reasoning. In this era of communication, exchange of knowledge, scientific reasoning, being asked to keep faith just because it is written in one book and has been tried and tested through ages...will not do.
Pramila Menon
Pramila Menon Vor 19 Stunden
Our Lord....as again..patriarchy...has the existence of God been proved? Religion and faith are human constructs. You need no God for deliverance but your own experiences, intelligence and maybe some advice or help.
phophonix loubi
phophonix loubi Vor 22 Stunden
You are mistaken my dear
fatima mystache
fatima mystache Vor 23 Stunden
Everyone that’s so in favour of her speech... brothers and sisters do not think that in Islam you can make your own rules. Please actually read the Quran and Sunnah This isn’t what Islam allows. You can’t just dress however you want. There needs to be limitations
asaf hassan
asaf hassan Vor Tag
she doesn't have a deep knowledge about islam ...
Farzan iran
Farzan iran Vor Tag
True
Iwannadissolve
Iwannadissolve Vor Tag
What about corsets? ps. you think wearing all that covering keeps your man from cheating AHA HA HA HA
LittleKing Xavfsiz
LittleKing Xavfsiz Vor Tag
Wearing hijab is not a must. But covering your A'urat is a must. You misleading people with your word. A sin is still a sin. You can't change the command of ALLAH S.W.T. And one more, Aisyah R.A is not Our Prophet (Muhammad S.A.W ) second wife, Saudah Binti Zam'ah is his second wife. You should do some research before spreading it to other people especially non muslim.
gamer
gamer Vor Tag
الصراحه طريقة كلامها يقهر وماعندها اسلوب بالخطابه صراحه
gamer
gamer Vor Tag
الدقيقه 10:28 تقول عندما خديجة وظفت محمد
gamer
gamer Vor Tag
تعرفو وش مشكلتها هذي؟ انها تكره الحجاب وماتلبسه وبنفس الوقت ماتريد ان احد يقولها البسي حجاب وبنفس الوقت الغت الاستدلال بالحديث وهذا معناه انها انسان تبغى هواها وايضا كارهه للاسلام وتريد تشويهه وهذا باين من طريقة كلامها ومفراداتها وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا أَهْوَاءَ قَوْمٍ قَدْ ضَلُّوا مِنْ قَبْلُ وَأَضَلُّوا كَثِيرًا ﴿٧٧ المائدة﴾
gehan atwa
gehan atwa Vor Tag
This person was fighting Dr zakir's speech about Quran and science and now she is mocking all those who explained what is HIJAB, among those, the prophet's cousin Ibn Abbas , we are commanded in Quran to ask those who are specialized ( Ahl-Azzikr) if we don't know , and for sure she isn't any sort of a Muslim scholar , she is genius in mixing between pure logic and true stories with intended or may be unintended very swift skipping of mere linguistic facts .
Objektif
Objektif Vor Tag
Çok güzel sacmalamissin peki peygamber efendimiz zamanında İslamiyet'e giren kadınlar tesettür ayeti geldiğinde neden kapandılar elleri ve yüzleri hariç her yerlerini kapattilar.islam Kur'an artı hadistir keşke birazda hadis okusaydin.
Objektif
Objektif Vor Tag
You are lying.this is not true .hijab is Realy but not face close up. Please looking and reading quran.
wiz miharez
wiz miharez Vor Tag
Congrats you have just won the sin justifier of the year cause i bet you ain't even a practicing muslim just the way you say the prophets name and how you deffended your sin 👏👏👏 Goodluck
RACHAEL KINGSGEM
RACHAEL KINGSGEM Vor Tag
Wow! Thank You!!
Zain Abbas
Zain Abbas Vor Tag
You've never found hijab in qur'an or hadith that doesn't mean it's not there. I support your point that you must wear hijab if you know it's meaning but completely deny your argument that Islam doesn't give a sense of covering. "Yes, you can wear whatever you want but you must cover what you're obliged to". That is what islam says.
ALEyZEEO- Aleyzee
ALEyZEEO- Aleyzee Vor 2 Tage
I donno where have u been living but the picture u give from the True or the False are so weird for me as a muslim.
Isaiah Harjo
Isaiah Harjo Vor 2 Tage
( Islam ) is false doctrine Jesus Christ is the God in Flesh and if any Muslims would like to talk to me about this and try to prove me wrong with doctrine comment and I'll contact you ♥️🙏only love and peace please!
Chris Brown
Chris Brown Vor 2 Tage
Why is it that the victims are always punished
mouse geek
mouse geek Vor 2 Tage
She's probably, like I am, an atheist. People call themselves Muslims but the reality is they don't actually believe in a god.
Ingrid Ingrid
Ingrid Ingrid Vor 2 Tage
Amazing
mona x
mona x Vor 2 Tage
she can't say the word "Quran" properly...
Baharah Noori
Baharah Noori Vor 3 Tage
In Quram Allah says follow what Allah says and what Muhammad PBUH says and there are many Hadith ( speech of prophet Muhammad PBUH) about what women should wear and how. She is not mentioning any of them. Unfortunately she has miss Underwood of Islam.
Baharah Noori
Baharah Noori Vor 3 Tage
I'm a Muslim woman and she knows nothing about Islam unfortunately. She just makes her speech. She is mostly lying unfortunately. Now most muslims are showing Islam very different to the world because of their lack of knowledge and she is one of them.
Mariam Ragab
Mariam Ragab Vor 3 Tage
what this khimar means HeGab also there are many informal logic
Dorinella Collins
Dorinella Collins Vor 3 Tage
Wonderful speech!
Asmodueus 69
Asmodueus 69 Vor 3 Tage
Islam people mentality
Nada Odeh
Nada Odeh Vor 3 Tage
This lady is providing misleading information about Islam, please verify the information before giving a chance for people to speak on TED. This video expresses her own opinion but not Islam. Thank you.
Book Lover
Book Lover Vor 3 Tage
Her voice is so soothing
Sabiha B
Sabiha B Vor 3 Tage
You answered it yourself.. 'that barrier that divide' that's in the form of cloth or covering!!!
Mus-brain bwoy Muslimano
Mus-brain bwoy Muslimano Vor 3 Tage
I see her no good coz her knowledge about hijab is very constricted
Zikrullah Choudhury
Zikrullah Choudhury Vor 3 Tage
Wow, this what happens a students takes an introductory class and thinks they know everything, if she is knowledgeable then she should acknowledged that Muslims live by the law of Quran and the way of Prophet did and his ruling and judgement. Furthermore she is drawing conclusion without full scope of the story. She should get history check, because check the life of the Phrophet's wives and their contribution to humanity. They did not just cover up and sty home. People with gravitate towards her sentiment because it pleases their norm and views. You have take biology and psychology into in to equation.
Synteg Hotspot
Synteg Hotspot Vor 3 Tage
I couldn't consentrate on her speech rather than focusing on her beauty and attraction. I will listen to her once more again. My God, you are so almighty, and creature of such beaituies.
Jahin Imam
Jahin Imam Vor 3 Tage
May Allah guide us to the right path.
silver fox
silver fox Vor 3 Tage
very nice well said she is a fantastic orator
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