Unveil me

Let me start by saying that what i am going to write here is strictly my opinion and my belief (and many others that I know of ) and that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs….

Lately the issue of the veil has mad it to the top topics of conversation around the world … and it wasn’t long before the “Islamic” community around the world joined in…

I am talking here about the niqab (covering the face) not to be confused by the hijab (head scarf) … Now I am a strong believer in freedom of choice .. but freedom too has its limits ..

I respect the niqab only when it’s attributed to the culture or someone’s preference … but lately (speaking in” years” term) the niqab somewhat became synonymous with Islam … Now I am not an Islamic scholar by any means but I am a Muslim raised by Muslims and through my years growing up in a time that was much peaceful, friendlier and happier I have rarely seen women wearing the niqab (this is not to say it did not exist)… and in my visits to Makkah I  have never seen a niqab inside the doors of “Al haram” (the mosque) since its prohibited … not only that but did you realize how you can never see men and women in this part of the world interact with each other and so close together like you would see inside one of the holiest places to Muslims! 

Today there are so many narrations on behalf of prophet Mohammad (PBUH) the people come up with that we (at least all those I know and read for) never heard of before … and can’t be proved (because it’s their intention not to do so … so people would not question or talk about it …it becomes a red line not to be crossed) …

As I said before … I do believe in people’s (women in this case ….if it was freewill) choice  … so where does my problem with niqab lies?

Well other than what I talked about … I don’t agree in this or any society in the world in dealing with people who I can’t identify … a face is more than just a face … it is an identification … a sense of security … I couldn’t fathom how I can go to places that demand the most security and deal with a person with an unknown identity…  places like schools, airports, ministry buildings or even work (wherever that is) … I can’t help but imagine what would happen to me if I showed up with a “shmagh” (the red-white or white white or lately all the colours u can imagine.. scarf like men use) covering my face and tried to travel or even enter a shop …well I have few scenarios that I can imagine happening …. and sorry to say this but woman are not necessarily less of a threat (sorry ladies) …

This has been my opinion (and many others) so please don’t take it the wrong way …respect it and I’ll respect yours…


14 responses

  1. aaahhh u were reading my mind (a couple of months ago) which i posted about regarding this issue!

    i wear hijab but im totally against Niqab and Abaya, like totally against them, u’d hv to kill me first before i wear them!

    as u said, it’s totally prohibited in alharam so why wear it on daily life?! and there’s no hadeath nor aya that says we hv to wear it, WHY do we come with such thing!?

    July 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

    • politics& tijara … (btw people come with all sort of ahadeeth but u don’t know whats right and whats wrong since they don’t even want you to cross that line so they SCARE you) … and thats my opinion

      July 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

  2. I do get your point.. bas still a part of me thinks it’s good that some ppl still have the religious will to cover their faces..
    I would never do it.. la2ana moo far’6 ..

    try to look at their eyes, bags ;p, or their voice .. you will be able to identify them easily..

    Oh .. and we are less of a threat ;P

    July 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

    • I don’t see it religious at all … to me a religious person is a spiritual person and that is always reflectec in theri actions and “akhlaq” … this is more tradition (to some) so i don’t base my religious judgment on it..

      July 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      • “i don’t base my religious judgment on it..”

        I don’t either .. 🙂

        i came across your blog a couple of days ago.. and I love it..
        Just wanted to say: keep it up ;D

        July 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      • thanks

        July 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  3. I respect your opinion Buds, I’m confused too, I heard that and seen in mikkah that women aren’t covering their faces,because it’s prohibited,true, but why outside mekkah or lets say malls or whereever places are, they cover it, I just don’t get it.

    I remember when I asked a girl, why you wearing niqab? did your parents force you to? she was like no, I just woke up in the morning and looking myself through the mirror, and I decided to wear it ! ok I was kinda confused but I respect her choice. like you said freedom of choice.

    July 20, 2010 at 11:41 am

    • its their choice … but to me it doesn’t tell me that this person is religious or not …

      July 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

  4. Hubby and I were discussing this subject last night…Like you I’m not a scholar on religion…however I remember a long time ago my aunt who is a religious lady said the Prophet (PBUH) said the Niqab is for women who are “Fatenat AlJamal” beyond beautiful, and it is still a choice for these women if they want to cover their faces or not.
    As I see it, and this is my opinion, the religious Niqab got mixed up with the bedouin traditional burga’a… maybe there are those who wear it for religious purposes but I doubt most do.
    When I used to work in a bank, we were required to identify the faces of these women who wear the niqab with their identification card and most were not even “Fatenat AlJamal” not even close to beautiful ;p
    Females are the strongest and most reslient beings created on this earth…don’t threaten the cubs of a lioness, she’d shred you to pieces… Don’t threaten my kids I’d just shoot you point blank in the head. We use everything within our power,whether strength or seduction to serve our purpose. Yes, we females are a threat in every form or species.
    Women could be a bigger threat than men, and not as delicate as anyone would think. And this is my humble opinion. 🙂

    July 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    • hehe I know how aggressive they can get … my problem really with niqab is one relating it to religion ..two ,the role of women today has expanded and therefore to be in the working environment then I think we should be able to interact and identify each other …you know many problems such as forgery has resulted due to the issue of niqab .. I can’t imagine a driving liscense or a passport with a niqab

      July 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      • I totaly agree with you… and according to what hubby told me, ’cause I didn’t know about it in the first place, women who wear’s niqab aren’t allowed to drive by law, yet here they are driving in the streets, and no body is stopping them.

        July 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

  5. It is difficult to communicate with others when the face is covered…but it is one’s choice and I respect that.

    July 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    • I do respect their choice .. but not when they relate it to religion and not when it becomes part of a job or place that requires security

      July 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

  6. Yeah.
    I believe that God looks at my heart and fruit (actions), not what I wear. However a certain ritual does represent one’s religious belief or cultural tradition. I found my communication desire shuts down when I see a covered face, as I guess the person choose not to talk to me; at least that is my feeling. I could be wrong. I am trying to understand this.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

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