Khamis, 2 Disember 2010

Why Do You Dress Like That?

As a Muslim woman I am occasionally asked about my manner of dress.

I always try to give a friendly and informative answer, but often either

I or the questioners are in a hurry,

and they walk away as confused as ever. So allow me to share with you a

bit about the Muslim woman's dress in my blog. So, i have copy and paste this article to share with you all...

The owner of this article is Najiyah Umm Waheeb


Women's covering like this did not begin with Muslims.

Both the Torah and the New Testament instruct women to cover their heads.

Consider images of Mary the mother of Jesus.

She is always dressed exactly like Muslim women dress today!

Practicing Jewish women still

cover their heads,

although they now do it with wigs instead of scarves, and some Christian sects like the

Mennonites and Amish

have also retained the head covering. In God's last revelation to mankind, the Qur'an,

He also instructs women to cover their beauty.

"Say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and

guard their modesty;

that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except

what (must ordinarily)

appear thereof,

that they should draw their veils over their

bosoms and not display their beauty

except to their husbands,

their fathers, their husbands' fathers..." (Qur'an An-Nur, 30-31)

What it Signifies:

Many Westerners associate this type of modesty with

submission and the subjugation of women.

The reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, they sometimes

witness in the media truly oppressed Muslim women,

who, ignorant of their own faith are treated poorly

in the name of Islam by unscrupulous or equally

uneducated men.

Secondly, their own history and scriptures predispose them to this belief.

Commonly called the

"Eve complex" there is a school of thought in Christianity which blames

Eve for Adam's sin of eating from the

forbidden fruit.

The Church's historical view of women as

temptresses and soulless vessels of sexual evil is a

result of this belief.

Additionally Paul associates modesty on the part

of women with submission to their husbands

when he says in I

Corinthians 11:3 "...the head of every women is the man....."

But in Islam, although the husband is

considered th

e leader of the family (as every organization has a leader),

the two concepts of modesty and obedience are

not linked as they were by Paul.

God says in the Qur'an that the believing women should

"cast their garments over their persons (when abroad);

that is most convenient,

that they should be known

(as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving,

Most Merciful." [Qur'an Al-Ahzab,59]

So Muslim woman's manner of dress is not a

symbol of her submission to man,

but rather a symbol of her belief in God.

It was prescribed by God to protect women from co

modification, objectification and sexualization,

which occur when they display themselves to all, and

sundry rather than reserving their beauty

as something private and precious.


The benefits of covering are many. A Muslim woman forces people

to deal with her

on a person-to-person level.

She is known for her talents, intellect and personality only,

not as "fat", "beautiful" or "a red-head".

She maintains dignity at a time when women are

constantly being treated in a sexually

degrading manner- she is not

sexually harassed or date raped. A Muslim woman retains the

respect and reverence

that Western women gave up

when they began to mistakenly associate lack of modesty

with equality

and freedom. Muslim women also retain a healthy

body image- young

Muslim ladies don't suffer from anorexia

or bulimia, spend countless hours on manipulative "beauty magazines" or


dollars feeding a piranha-like

beauty industry in an effort to gain the acceptance

of a society that values youth

and sex and unattainable perfection.

Muslim women are comfortable with themselves, confident and dignified

in their covering.


In the West the Women' Lib movement was greatly needed.

But in reality such a

movement was not necessary, because

God granted women all the rights they fought for and even more, 1400 years ago.

Islam guarantees women the right to be

educated, to choose their own spouses, to initiate divorce,

to work outside the home,

to own property, to own a business

and to keep any money earned for themselves if they so choose.

Under Islamic law, women have always voted, held public

office, participated in society, and spoken out if they

disagree with leaders.

Muslim women are also the only women

anywhere guaranteed inheritance.

The Face Veil:

At the time of the Prophet Mohammed

(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him),

the "outer garments" with which

the women covered themselves were

sheet-like cloaks which covered everything,

leaving only the eyes showing

if necessary. There is a difference of opinion

among Muslim scholars as to

whether the face must then, by definition,

be covered. I personally believe

that in all matters the correct interpretation is

that of the companions of the

Prophet himself (peace be upon him)

and the earliest scholars. By far most

of them taught that the face must be covered.

In my research of the Qur'an I also c

annot see another interpretation!

I am part of a growing movement of

"modern", educated Muslim women who are striving

to return to this spiritually uplifting practice.

God willing it will then lose its reputation as

being oppressive and will come to stand for faith,

dignity and respect, as it originally did."

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