The true meaning of the Hijab

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The Pitfalls Of Chrislam – Christian Women Take Up the Hijab

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MAY 10, 2016

(Emphasis is mine. — PY)

Is it OK for a Christian to wear a hijab (Islamic headscarf for women), or show solidarity with Muslims in other ways considered spiritually related? Are Muslims and Christians serving and worshiping the same God?

These and other related questions continue to be in the forefront of religious debates that focus on doctrines and practices that seek to merge Islam and Christianity into ‘Chrislam’ a hybrid of both faiths with which, it is hoped, both Muslims and Christians will be comfortable.


It is also noteworthy that it is professing Christians who, for the most part, are making the necessary compromises for this ‘Chrislam’ union to be possible.


One development that has drawn attention to this topic has been the wearing of the hijab by professing Christian women. One such case involved Martha DeVries, 47, who serves as a high school counselor and attends Chandler Baptist Church in Liberty, MO. Her husband, Mike, serves part-time as a youth pastor.


She said that not only does she have a common ancestry with Muslims, but that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”


Hawkins eventually left the college after controversy erupted, not about her hijab, but her assertion that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. This belief is widely rejected as unscriptural by many Christians such as Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. He noted that inasmuch as Muslims do not worship Jesus, Who is God, Christians and Muslims, therefore, do not worship the same God.


“No one knows God who does not know the Son, who is the only mediator between God and man,” Anyabwile said. “The goal of Christianity is the salvation of sinners through the righteousness, substitutionary atonement, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”


With further reference to Hawkins, James Hoffmeier wrote last December for the “… With such blatant persecution of Christians in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa by various Islamic jihadists, it’s perplexing that Hawkins would seek to draw attention to and identify with Muslims instead of the Christians whose suffering far surpasses any alienation Muslims might feel in America.

Further, an Egyptian anthropologist who is a professor in America said:

“If [Hawkins] is concerned about the cause of the oppressed, there are many Christian and non-Christian organizations she can join that are really bringing change to people’s lives. Many such organizations are working with Middle Eastern refugees at different campsites. Our focus should be on such groups–Yazidis, Christians, Alawites, and moderate Muslims–who are experiencing genocide…”


… Is this pro-hijab push a new trend with Christian women? Hardly. Late 2014, reported the case of Kate Leaney, 27, a committed Christian from Adelaide Australia who had been wearing a hijab every day in an act of ‘love and solidarity’ with her many Muslim friends.


… The authors of the article, Asra Q. Nomani and Hala Arafa further stated: “We reject this interpretation that the ‘hijab’ is merely a symbol of modesty and dignity adopted by faithful female followers of Islam…This conflation of hijab with the secular word ‘headscarf’ is misleading. ‘Hijab’ literally means, ‘curtain’ in Arabic. It also means ‘hiding’, ‘obstructing’ and ‘isolating’ someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf...No matter what formula you use, ‘hijab’ never means headscarf.  The media must stop spreading this misleading interpretation”.


They then proceed to clarify in disturbing terms their assessment of the true meaning of the hijab: “To us, the hijab is a symbol of an interpretation of Islam we reject that believes that women are a sexual distraction to men, who are weak, and thus must not be tempted by the sight of our hair. We don’t buy it. This ideology promotes a social attitude that absolves men of sexually harassing women and puts the onus on the victim to protect herself by covering up”.


Their advice to Christian women? “Please do this instead: Do not wear a headscarf in ‘solidarity’ with the ideology that most silences us, equating our bodies with ‘honor.’ Stand with us instead with moral courage against the ideology of Islamism that demands we cover our hair.


An article published in December 2015 by also examined what it means to wear the hijab.  Its author, ‘Jane the Actuary’ concluded: Here’s the bottom line:  wearing hijab is a religious act….In other words, hijab-wearing is, in America, a  form of religious identification, a way to show the outside world that you are Muslim.  It’s a way to take on a religious practice, to commit yourself to greater devotion even at a cost — in which the actual practice doesn’t matter so much as the intention that, in doing so, one commits oneself to God more fully…But the bottom line is this:  given what hijab is fundamentally about, is it appropriate for a Christian to wear it?”


… “To me, there are two things troubling here,” said Shahram Hadian, who grew up Muslim in Iran and emigrated to Canada before moving to Washington state and becoming an evangelical Christian pastor.


Hadian said the Muslim Students Association (MSA) indoctrination campaign has been rampant on college campuses for years but now it is mobilizing in U.S. high schools as well. At Boise State University, for example, the MSA holds an Islamic Week every year and for an entire day during that week, they encourage every woman on campus to wear the hijab.


“But the troubling thing is this:  how is MSA now getting access to our high schools? And number two: how is that not the state promoting a religion?” Hadian said of the Chicago event.


Would the high school, for instance, allow a Christian student group to encourage non-Christian students to wear crosses for a day? Or what about a Jewish group encouraging Muslims to wear the Star of David?


“It’s just hypocrisy at its pinnacle,” Hadian said. But the Muslim Brotherhood is very clever in the use of propaganda, he said, and apparently the atheist lawyers at the ACLU have given the MSA a pass.


… Dr. Mark Christian, a former child-imam who grew up in Egypt and now lives as a Christian in Nebraska, said Western cultures are making a huge mistake by embracing a key element of Shariah.


“At a time when a rising number of Muslim women in the Middle East, especially in Egypt, are taking off their hijab for good, liberating themselves from its symbolism of enslavement and inequality and from being labeled as radical Muslims in the wake of the Arab Spring and the reality of radical Islam that it brought in the Middle East, and at a time when many Muslim women are trying to find their freedom and advocating for the freedom of their fellow Muslim women, I find it treasonous that in America liberals are resorting to such actions, encouraging hijab and enslavement of women and labeling them as a sex objects,” said Christian, who heads up the Global Faith Institute.

“When those in the West advocate for hijab, they are not siding with the peaceful Muslims but with the radicals,” he said. “They are not advocating freedom but enabling and encouraging torture, inequality and the inhumane treatment of women in Islam.”



John detailed this vision in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which features global religion being forced upon the inhabitants of earth:

11 “Then I saw a second beast [the false prophet], coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [the Antichrist], whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” (Revelation 13:11-15)

In other words, a global ruler (Revelation 13:1-8) will be “given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation” (Revelation 13:7). A “false prophet” (Revelation 19:20) will address the inhabitants of the earth and, somehow, FORCE people to worship an image of the Antichrist OR BE KILLED.

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All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—

all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life,

 the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. 

If anyone is to be killed with the sword, 

with the sword they will be killed.’

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”

(Revelation 13:8-10, NIV)

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