The lethal virus of COVID-19 is not only wreaking havoc across the world but is also now changing people’s attitudes towards certain ethnic and religious groups including Islam. A lot has changed after the world went into lockdown. China is helping the United States and Pakistan and Indian are also coming closer, well, at least on social media.
Some countries in the west including France that once were against hijab or face-covering and even tried to ban it have now suddenly up for it.
As per the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), masks and covering of nose and mouth are necessary to prevent the virus spread. After the word was public, people started buying face masks, which ultimately became short in the markets for some time. Thereafter, people on social media and world intellectuals including US President Donald Trump started asking people to use headscarves or hijab.
Hear, hear what Trump is saying
Sheikh Donald Trump reminds the ummah about the importance of wearing a scarf pic.twitter.com/08ETYXsMid
— Hasan Abedi (@hazthesaz) April 4, 2020
Paris Fashion Week shoed models with different masks
Remember the same France who opposed Niqaab and Hijab also impose heavy fine for it . Now Coronavirus made them wear it
This is Paris Fashion Week: Face masks on show amid coronavirus concern . Now Fashion Glamour world all supermodels need to cover their body and face aware pic.twitter.com/eDMJL631TX
— ᴢᴇʏᴀ ᴋʜᴀɴ ʏᴏᴜsᴀғᴢᴀɪ (@YousafzaiZeya) March 18, 2020
Model Romydfonseca also covering her face
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On the contrary, since the west has finally turned towards covering the face, another debate has started on social media.
Muslims across the world are recalling the time when the west was absolutely against face-covering of the Muslim women. And, now when coronavirus pandemic is forcing them to wear masks, it has no issue with it at all.
Furthermore, many people are also terming the virus as a lesson from the Almighty as he wants to show the world that only he has the real power.
Here are certain reactions of the Muslims for you to read.
Yes, they banned but now…
They banned #Niqab in certain European countries. They mocked those wearing it and ridiculing them.
Suddenly, covering your face is no longer a security threat and no longer impedes communication.
The Niqab was a item of clothing which allegedly showed the Muslim being oppressed pic.twitter.com/44zi2sEMgK
— muslimstweet (@muslimstweet2) March 12, 2020
This is what famous analyst Wardah Khalid has to say
Oh the irony of the country that Islamophobically banned face veils sporting the very same at their fashion shows. #Coronavirus humbling us all.
— Wardah Khalid (@wardahkhalid_) March 15, 2020
And then coronavirus came…
France, Germany, Belgium and other European countries had banned the hijab because ‘no one should cover their faces in public’ and then Coronavirus came. 🤷🏾♂️
— Sentletse (@Sentletse) April 8, 2020
COVID-19 making people realize
With this corona virus I’m starting to see why Muslim women who wear the full hijab have a certain appeal
— Matthew Hathaway (@Matthew88828304) April 7, 2020
Is it a punishment from God?
Once all crusader countries banned islamic hijab now they’re are making it mandatory for all as God punishment Corona virus hitting hard.
— Gram (@Gram23421427) April 4, 2020
It is interesting to know how a small pathogen of coronavirus has altered the way of life and even people’s attitudes towards face-covering. Certainly, it is Allah who has complete knowledge and control over everything.
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