Who Asked…

…for Jack Straw’s opinion on the niqab? Who? Whoever it was who asked him to pontificate on a matter that is none of his concern seriously needs his head tested. Quite frankly, Mr. Straw, I, and I daresay many other niqabis, could not possibly give two flying doves whether you insist that you do “not want to be “prescriptive” of Muslim women’s dress,” and at the same time “would rather the veils be discarded completely” and that you think the increasing trend towards covering facial features was “bound to make better, positive relations between the two communities more difficult.” Its the lack of tolerance for garb, culture, and religions different from your own that makes relations more difficult. You empire builders, you.

And we apparently have our very own apologist in tarnished armor, Dr. Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain, who apparently finds affinity with the enlightened and freedom-loving Mr Straw: “This [the veil] does cause some discomfort to non-Muslims. One can understand this,” he said, adding that Muslim opinion was divided on the wearing of the veil. Divide this, Dr. Abdullah: When we feel uncomfortable about people leaving their homes with their underwear and nightwear as “modern-day fashion,” doesn’t everyone tell us to get over it? Well, we’ve gotten over it. Now, maybe you need to help Mr. Straw find a way to get over the niqab. Give it a shot, Mr. Straw; its really not that difficult to be tolerant. Try it someday. You may learn to like it, although perhaps not as well as your forefathers enjoyed looting the East of the Kooh i Noor.


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3 Responses to Who Asked…

  1. MujahiD says:

    bismillah hirahmaniraheem asalam alikum wrh wb
    They dont give freedom to dress or freedon to live or freedom of action (which is some ones personal thing) and in other hand they want and apply freedom of speech that is not personal it comes second after freedom of living and dressing (so its so unfair 2 faced)when some one insult muslims or prophet…whole world is saying its freedom of speech when they stop freedom of dress and personal life no one suports muslims why? dress is my & ur own personal matter no one shud tel me or u what to weare and why im wwearing —imagine if a muslim say to a nonmuslim women that dont weare these small bad cloths etc dont show ur body to attract people..wil they listen to me??.
    I wud like to tell all chritians or muslims who r being bothered by chritians on this topic that veil is in bible as order also its lack of knowledge or many people never even read or folow there own books ..in bible it is said that if women dont cover there hair they should shave there heads …refrences given latter 1st lets see what quran says on hijab and reason behind it

    1 Extent:The first criterion is the extent of the body that should be covered. This is different for men and women. The extent of covering obligatory on the male is to cover the body at least from the navel to the knees. For women, the extent of covering obligatory is to cover the complete body except the face and the hands upto the wrist. If they wish to, they can cover even these parts of the body. Some scholars of Islam insist that the face and the hands are part of the obligatory extent of ‘hijaab’.
    All the remaining five criteria are the same for men and women.
    2 The clothes worn should be loose and should not reveal the figure.
    3 The clothes worn should not be transparent such that one can see through them.
    4 The clothes worn should not be so glamorous as to attract the opposite sex.
    5 The clothes worn should not resemble that of the opposite sex.
    6 The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers i.e. they should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symbols of the unbelievers’ religions.

    Complete ‘hijaab’, besides the ..criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behaviour, attitude and intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of ‘hijaab’ of the clothes is observing ‘hijaab’ in a limited sense. ‘Hijaab’ of the clothes should be accompanied by ‘hijaab’ of the eyes, ‘hijaab’ of the heart, ‘hijaab’ of thought and ‘hijaab’ of intention. It also includes the way a person walks, the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc.

    Surah Al-Ahzab:
    “O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women that they should cast their outer 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.”
    [Al-Qur’an 33:59]
    The Qur’an says that Hijaab has been prescribed for the women so that they are recognized as modest women and this will also prevent them from being molested.
    ” And 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 veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons…”
    [Al-Qur’an 24:31]

    Hijaab for men
    People usually only discuss ‘hijaab’ in the context of women. However, in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah (swt) first mentions ‘hijaab’ for men before ‘hijaab’ for the women. The Qur’an mentions in Surah Noor:
    “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.”
    [Al-Qur’an 24:30]

    Bible says:
    1 Corinthians 11:3-12
    3Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (This shows a hierarchy of authority, funny notice how Christ is under god. But more importantly notice how the woman is under the man) verse continues …see the shaving part …
    4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. 6If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.
    7A man ought not to cover his head,[a] since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; (this shows that man is glory of God so they don’t have to cover their heads, but not women. They are the glory of men, therefore they have to cover their heads) 9neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10For this reason, and because of the angels | bible commentaries talk but about an incident in which the angels fell in love with the women and came down to earth and took them as wives. Therefore women should cover their heads in order not to tempt the angels to come down and take them as wives |

  2. MujahiD says:

    hy ukhtee its me annonymous im folowing ur rules so i show id and my all important secret imfo to u lol now if any one hacks my email then ur in danger 😀
    bytheway if i post a comment then its sad that it wont come on main …its hiden i think not many ppl will see …is teher any way u can write good things if u like any from it on main also and if i wana say things out of topic then what shud i do lool i ask so much sorry
    for example if i wana add any religious thing then how cud every one see those things on main or ucan transfer may be and on which topic i shud write if i hav diferent topic in my mind and where shud i comment on general things to u like u remove commenting on about us now where shud i say things then :S (shuush sorry i talk toomuch)

  3. Just go ahead and write whatever you wish on the topics you wish. If we find it to be really inappropriate, we can always remove it 🙂 And, of course you can always set up a blog of your very own if you wish to remark on things which we have no entry for. As for the comments not coming up on main, I am afraid I am unclear what you mean. Please elaborate, as I see it coming up just fine! You can place your general comments anywhere you like, including issues like why I turn off commenting on different pages. Shukran, ya akhi.

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