The poppy hijab: The latest apologist campaign against Muslims


ANOTHER year, another exhaustingly crass attempt to isolate Muslims by calling into question their loyalties to the British public.

This year it was none other than Tabia-Kauser Ishaq, a 24-year-old British Muslim student at the London College of Fashion, who launched a revolutionary campaign to promote British Muslim commitment to Remembrance Day.

What, you ask, was this groundbreaking effort on Ishaq’s part? Cue drumrolls: poppy hijabs. Yes, you read it right the first time – I did in fact say poppy hijabs…

Not only is the £22 poppy hijab a questionable attempt at “fashion” – it is also the latest in a long line of unabashed apologist campaigns released over the past month for the sake of promoting ‘British Islam’.

The Sun (surprise, surprise) launched the highly controversial United Against IS campaign that portrayed a woman wearing a Union Jack hijab.

Either way, both campaigns are insulting to Muslims in that it pressures them into having to overtly prove their loyalty to the British cause.

Underlying Islamophobia

It is also deplorable that the hijab, a symbol of one’s religiosity and commitment to Allah, can be made to showcase their patriotism.

Mariya Hussain our recently elected Student Trustee adds, “Why, has no other religious group been asked to don floral religious gear to showcase where their loyalties lie?

For me, this is just another testament to the underlying Islamophobia that exists within contemporary British society”.

The poppy hijab campaign was launched on the 31st October 2014; a hundred years since the first Muslim soldier Khudadad Khan from Pakistan was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery on the Western Front.

Khan was among the 400,000 Muslims belonging to British India, who fought for Britain in the First World War.

British Muslims don’t need to prove their commitment to Remembrance Day when their ancestors already decided for them by pledging to the war effort in 1914.

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  1. This might be silly but I don’t see how it’s an “attempt to isolate Muslims”. That’s paranoid nonsense. The Poppy Hijab seems to me an entirely well-intentioned effort to put together two ideas about which the designer feels some warmth: Muslims and loyalty to the British state. How that can be an attack on or an isolation of Muslims I have no idea. This claim that somehow Muslims are expected to wear these hijabs seems to me entirely unsupportible, yet it’s the key premise to Mariya’s claim that they manifest latent hatred of Muslims (Islamophobia in this sense doesn’t actually make sense as ‘fear of Muslims’ in her sentence – because she’s impugning Islamophobes, whereas saying people are merely afraid of Muslims has no pejoriative content).

    I tell you what I’m afraid of, I’m afraid of paranoid people and whoever wrote this story is such a person.

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