This Dope Rap Video About Hijabs Celebrates All Shades of Muslim Women

In light of the recent guest speaker, and talk of Arab and Muslim culture I found this article and rap video and thought it was too cool not to share. The women who made this video, Mona Haydar, created it in the focus of the Islamophobia Muslim women worldwide, and in the United States face for choosing to wear the Hijab. Haydar hopes, considering our countries recent administration, that this song and its lyrics will speak truth and inspire people and remind them that beauty is not based only in appearance but within, and that all women should be respected. Haydar appears in the video pregnant and wearing a Hijab and has received much backlash, which is why she wants to remind women that beauty comes from within. This catchy song shows off women of all shades sporting Hijabs and when listening to the lyrics we hear that it is most definitely a video/song to promote the celebration of women in the world. The lyrics include a verse that says, “All around the world, Love women every shading be so liberated. All around the world love women every shading, power run deep. So even if you hate it, I still wrap my Hijab”. The main focus of this song for Haydar is to begin attempting to tear down these invisible structures that oppress women in ways that we may not see every day.

We can relate this scene to that in “My Elizabeth” with the Grandmother and daughter who are also being criticized for expressing something that is a part of their culture like many people do today with the Hijab, assuming that these women are not choosing to wear them and that they are oppressed. We can also relate this to the “Education” in a way that also corresponds with the keyword “Girlhood”. In the Education article from keywords, we see the talk about children’s literature and how it provides “morals” or lessons in citizenship and life. But we do not see these kinds of things being taught in classrooms or discussed often times. These kinds of topics need to be reworked into the everyday curriculum so that children know what a Hijab is and why women wear them and on top of that also that being a women no matter what race, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc. you are no less and deserve the same equal rights and treatment as anyone else in the world. It is important that girls are being taught at a young age that if they put their mind to it they are capable of anything and important that we start incorporating these cultural lessons into the daily lives of children in schools. If these cultural practices were much better know and educated I would hope that we would see much less criticism.

3 thoughts on “This Dope Rap Video About Hijabs Celebrates All Shades of Muslim Women”

  1. This is a really cool song. I think it is important that people learn about rather than criticize other cultures that they do not understand. This is something that I truly wish I learned more about in my primary education. People are always quick to criticize others, I can sadly say that I tend to criticize and use prejudices when I see someone who is acting outside of the cultural norm, and a big reason for this is because I never learned of these other cultures. I recently saw a viral tweet where a girl texted her dad asking if she could take off her Hijab because someone threatened her saying she couldn’t however, her dad was very supportive in whatever she decided. I agree that this multiculturalism is something that should be taught at a young age so that girls realize that people may look or act in a different way, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t awesome people.

  2. I absolutely love this video, especially during a time in which Muslim people are viewed so negatively in the spectrum of society and the media. Additionally, there is much ignorance regarding the wearing of hijabs, and many people simply choose not to educate themselves about the culture and purpose of wearing the head covering. I think it was interesting how the video attempted to juxtapose ideas of conservativeness in wearing hijabs with the typical notions of promiscuity in rap. It’s so important to accept all types of beauty and encourage women to dress/act how they please.

  3. Awesome video! These women should be proud of their culture and deserve to feel beautiful, because they are!! I think you are right about a lack of knowledge of these practices. Arab or Muslim culture is often dismissed or never brought up in our education system. I think with more knowledge, comes more respect. Listening to our guest speaker and reading “My Elizabeth” really opened my eyes to further understand the criticism that goes on about these women. I hope in the future, schools or parents will provide children with a better understanding of these practices.

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