Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi Wabarakath,
The latest hot-topic around the World right now is the Muslim Veil.
We have Jack Straw from
Who is he to tell People what to wear and what not to wear? People spout nonsense about the Muslim World, how it's so oppressed and not democratic. Little do they know, their own Countries aren’t exactly 'free' either.
Even though there is a difference of opinion among the Islamic Scholars if the Niqaab is fardh or Sunnah, it is still a part of Islam.
We live in a society which is rapidly changing and has changed from the last couple of years. If People can accept naked People walking around, Teenage girls and Women barely wearing anything, little boys and girls having pre-martial sex and same-sex marriages among other things, why can't they accept Women who wish to be modest and veil themselves?
If they have an issue about the Muslim Veil, they should have an issue with Nuns who cover themselves and surgeons who wear masks while doing surgery.
Not long ago, the thought of same-sex marriages was taboo. Now, it's become legal in some places. The thought of Men and Men living together and Women and Women together goes against nature, what we've been taught as children and the values of Family. But now, we consider it to be normal and as a part of society. It's become acceptable.
In Islam, the Woman is seen as the one who nurtures - the one who cares. The glue of the family. The status of the Mother is three times more compared to the Father. Islam promotes Family Values, respect to elders and strong ties between Friends and relatives.
A hadith [narration] states:
A man asked the Prophet: 'Whom should I honor most?' The Prophet replied: 'Your mother'. 'And who comes next?' asked the man. The Prophet replied: 'Your mother'. 'And who comes next?' asked the man. The Prophet replied: 'Your mother!'. 'And who comes next?' asked the man. The Prophet replied: 'Your father'" (Bukhari and Muslim).
The Niqaab and the Hijab do not oppress Muslim Women. Majority of Muslim Women, who wear the Veil, do so of their own free will.
I come in contact with a lot of Niqaabis. Two of my closest Friends are Niqaabis, recently I met someone who's doing 9th grade in High-school and she's Mashallah a Niqaabi. I was impressed and inspired. I hadn't even thought about Hijab when I was in 9th grade. I think most girls that age are too busy thinking about other things and not religion, but Mashallah she is guided. My Sister also is a Niqaabi.
These Women I know are one of the sweetest and strongest people I've ever met. They have beautiful personalities. They're like everybody else. They drive, they work, they study, and they too have lives. All of them started the Niqaab because they wanted to. Only difference is that, the Niqaab allows them to interact with people they want to and protects them. Her beauty is only for her husband and those who she is close too.
Personally, the Niqaab is also an act of becoming closer to Allah s.w.t for a lot of Muslim Women. It is a major step, because these days, it is hard to opt for Niqaab. For a lot of them, it is a struggle but a step towards good and it lifts their spirituality.
The Niqaab and Hijab bring out a Woman's personality without her being judged by her figure and Status.
These days, Women are used to promote goods and make more profit. You have posters of Cars and motor-bikes with half-naked Women on them, the Music Videos and Movies with girls dancing barely wearing anything and then you have the clothes and lingerie that is modeled.
These are but a few examples.
Islam alhamdulilah takes Muslim Women away from all of this. We are not a means to make money. We're humans with thoughts, feelings, and we should not be selling our bodies.
A lot of people who are uneducated about Islam think that Muslim Women who cover are oppressed. This is far from the reality of it. They should come in contact with these Niqaabis and Hijaabis and speak to Muslim Women first before they give out their opinions.
We don't want to be liberated. Islam liberates us
What's sadder is, that so called 'Muslim Countries' who in an attempt to become more 'modern' and 'westernized' too have started to think about banning the Muslim Veil.
Morroco is thinking about dropping the Head-scarf.
These Muslim Governments and authorities are forgetting about their akhira. This life is but a test, Allah S.W.T is greater then some Western Country. Who do they want to please more? Allah S.W.T or the World?
[Mulk 67:2] "...The One who created life and death to test you, who among you has the better deeds; and He only is the most Honourable, the Oft Forgiving..."
And the Quran goes on to say:
Over all, it's a sorry state we're in. We're being targeted from all sides, but Inshallah we will come out strong.
I end this post with a dua from the Quran:
"Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the disbelievers, and forgive us, Our Lord! Verily, You, only You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise."