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A VOICE BEHIND A VEIL

Posted on: March 2, 2011


In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

A VOICE BEHIND A VEIL


I am a muslim women. I wear the niqaab (face veil).

I’m one of those to whom the new law in France would apply. I’m one of the ones being discussed by politicians, human rights groups and the media.

I’m one of those whom many feel the need to liberate. I’m one of those you may think is oppressed. I’m one of those many of you detest the sight of… I’m one of those whom you may believe is uneducated; one of the ones you may think has no voice.

But I do. So let me speak.

I am not Arab, Asian or even African. I am Australian. No, not ‘first generation’, ‘second generation’, or an immigrant. On my mother’s side, I’m of French-Canadian descent, and on my father’s side; British. I grew up as a Christian, and attended church occasionally. I was in the school swim team, and district netball team. I holidayed with my family in the summer on the Gold Coast, and I’m educated. I have a university degree.

When I was 18 years of age I was introduced to Islam. I studied it, and accepted it a year and a half later. By the time I reached 20, I was wearing the headscarf, and after I married I donned the niqaab.

Because of my husband? No.

My husband did not want me to wear it, although his mother and sister do, and out of respect for his wishes I didn’t do so for two years. But I wanted to, and eventually did, and knowing it to be in line with our religion, my husband knew he had no authority to prevent me, and he now greatly admires my strength.

Then, I wore it because of my father? No. He’s a catholic.

Because of my brother? Nope, haven’t got one.

My uncle? He’s an atheist.

Then because of my son? My eldest is only 8 years old. Then why??

Because I want to, that’s why.

And seeing as though my niqaab does not hurt anyone, that should be sufficient reason for all of you liberals of a liberal society; I should be able to finish my discussion right here. But although it may be so for any other style of dress, it isn’t enough when it comes to niqaab for some reason. You want more. So I will continue.

What makes me want to then? Two things: Faith and experience.

Faith? Yeah, faith. Faith in my Creator , faith in His decisions, faith in Islam. A deep faith. Many wander at the faith of Muslims, at their conviction and their commitment. It’s a faith, that if you are not Muslim, is hard to explain or describe. The scripture of Islam, the Qur’an has scientific miracles in it, such that have captivated scientists globally, leading many to accept Islam. Moreover, the Qur’an has not been changed in over a thousand years, since it was revealed; not one letter moved from its place. I dare say there isn’t a religious scripture like it, and this lends a clue as to the root of such faith.

In the Qur’an, Allah Ta’ala tells us to cover ourselves, ‘so as to be known, but not molested’. So our covering is a protection; a liberation.

Protection? you ask. Liberation? From what?

This is where I move on to my second reason for veiling. Like I said, I grew up in a Western secular society, in true Western secular style. I dressed secular, lived secular, and enjoyed all the ‘liberties’ of such a society. Did I feel liberated, free? Suffice to say, we were taught we were, so I never thought to think otherwise. It wasn’t until I became Muslim, and started covering , that I really felt liberated, and realised , before that I wasn’t.

Yet, time and time again we hear it said that we Muslim women are forced to veil, are oppressed; treated by our men folk as nothing more than ‘objects.’ And that niqaab, burqa, hijab; whatever term you use, is a form of ‘imprisonment’.

But what about the imprisonment of anxiety and depression?

What about the imprisonment of anorexia and bulimia? What about the imprisonment of frequent rigorous exercise routines? What about the imprisonment of always feeling the need to look like the super-model on the cover of Cosmo, or the pop-singer in the music video? What about the slavery to fashion? What about the entrapment of jealousy?? How many women waste their hard-earned money, destroy their physical and mental health, expose their bodies to vulnerability, abuse and extortion in order to…… in order to what??

In order to gain approval and praise.  Who’s approval and praise? Men’s.

And yes, it seems even other women too. So it seems non-Muslim women are not only slaves to men, but slaves to society as a whole. Before you scream your disagreement, which many of you may do as a knee-jerk reaction to being told you’re also oppressed, stop and think. Look around you; contemplate society today, and its values, its aspirations, its goals, its direction, its past-times, its hobbies….

What good has it done for women to doff more and more clothing? What good has it done for images of uncovered made-up women to be plastered on every billboard and magazine, on the TV, in the movies, and on the net? Has it really brought any good for women? The women in the images may aptly feel good about themselves for a while, but what does it mean for every other women? Women who look upon these images usually become anxious, jealous, unsure and critical of themselves, or all of these things. Many men who view them will become aroused, or even unhappy, less satisfied with the partners they already have. What can, and does this lead to? Cheating, dumping, chastisement, and even harassment of other women, and even children by, men, who cannot find a legitimate outlet for their constant arousal.

And yes, I can hear some of you; ‘then the men must control themselves!’ Frankly speaking that argument is well spent, not to mention futile, as most men are, inherently, only able to react to that, the same way a hungry lion would react if thrown a juicy piece of steak, and told not to eat it….

Do the uncovered women captured in these images and industries, or parading around, realise or even care how many young girls are starving, purging and stressing themselves trying to mirror their image? No.

It seems they even take perverse pleasure in it. One barely-dressed singer even boldly and crudely sung recently,

‘Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?’

What?!

What is this women and her ilk saying??

What are they implying??

What are they doing to their sisters in humanity??!

So many poor girls, eroding themselves physically and mentally as they watch with jealousy and anxiety their partners ogle singers like this. Have the same thing occur to these women, these ‘idols’; have their partners swoon over another similarly attired, and witness their reaction! And when their daughters are molested by men they themselves, or women like them, have aroused, will they reflect?

Will they act?

Will society act?

Yeah, we see it reacting: ban the burqa!

It just amazes me how many women especially, despise my choice of dress. Yet, would they rather their husband’s secretary to be dressed like me or otherwise?

Would they rather the waitress serving the table at their anniversary dinner, be dressed like me or otherwise?

Is it me and my sisters who are turning their husband’s head, or attracting their boyfriends??

Is it me and my sisters who have led their daughters to anorexia, or their sons to pornography?

Is it me and my sisters whose bodies and faces solicit their husband’s/boyfriend’s attention on every corner? Is it me and my sisters who have aroused that man to rape or harass their sisters?

Whose mode of ‘dress’ is truly oppressive and harmful to women??

So now I’ve spoken, and although I am one, I speak on behalf of hundreds. I’ve explained to you that the majority of us have chosen this mode of dress, especially in the West. I have told you that we love it, we want it, and I’ve exemplified for you the inherent good in it.

AND to those of you who really are so concerned about ‘liberating’ me, then you will listen to what I have said, and let me and my sisters be.

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18 Responses to "A VOICE BEHIND A VEIL"

@ khurram: yuo are very misled please keep your ego aside and then understand the religion

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U know wht…y dont u read The Quran and then blame a religion, this girl has been born and brought up in a western society and its a proven fact that girls are objectified there, no dignity and sense of respect for them, and what happens with dr afia siddique in the jail is a proven fact how men in the west see women !!! a covered person is much more dignified and respected than an uncovered one, and as for pussycot dolls, nobody would even care to think before calling such girls ‘Slut’. What kind of misled person are you !

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I am an asian muslim from a non muslim country living in saudi arabia, I started wearing the abaya after coming to saudi, its been 11 years, since I started ,love wearing it, and safe. Don’t wear it to please my husband since my husband is not a practicing muslim and is westernized. I agree with everything the sister has said.

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Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement,
pomp and mutual boasting among you,
and rivalry in respect of wealth and children,
as the likeness of vegetation after rain,
thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller;
afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow;
then it becomes straw.

But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers),
and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers),
whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.

[Al Quran 57:20]

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//And seeing as though my niqaab does not hurt anyone, that should be sufficient reason for all of you liberals of a liberal society; I should be able to finish my discussion right here.//

i wish she had finished there, because she was right till then. wat followed was a whole bunch of nonsense.

//The scripture of Islam, the Qur’an has scientific miracles in it,//
NOT TRUE. this poor woman hasn’t even bothered to check any single one of those verses. simply says that scientists worldwide have been captivated by it and are becoming muslim. those scientists were captivated by money. look it up, all of em got paid by saudi shaikhs.

but that’s off topic.

//But what about the imprisonment of anxiety and depression?//

walking around in the baking heat while forced to wear a tent is like imprisonment. Resenting the fact that the pussycat dolls r hotter than you are is NOT like imprisonment, its life.

whats offensive about these stupid anorexia n ‘depression’ comparisons is that women really physically suffer in muslim countries because they are forced to wear bee keeper suits. they don’t have a choice. the idiots who deprive themselves of food (ive never met even 1 such person) do it to themselves. often however, anorexia is not psychological. its a real disease where a person loses appetite.

women being obsessive about appearance is their choice. no1 forces them into it. no society ‘demands’ it. you are free to have watever hobby u want to.
please do not compare these trivial obsessions women themselves choose to have in the west to the actual miseries and indignities that muslim women face in muslim countries, its offensive.

wats more offensive is when you say something like
//So it seems non-Muslim women are not only slaves to men, but slaves to society as a whole//
comparing fashion to slavery. really??? arguing that a western woman is a slave but muslim women are not. really??? how can a person be that shameless?
im gonna give this woman a pass for uttering such painful ignorance because she was raised in the west and has no idea what hundreds of millions of muslim women go thru.

the pussycat dolls should feel guilty for pointing out a fact about human nature, yet you should feel no guilt for being a part of a campaign to cover up the horrors your own sisters face. i wonder sometimes how some people sleep at night.

what about your sisters in humanity in pakistan, 80% of whom are regularly abused (according to govt figures, please ask me for them). what about your arab sisters, who face even worse abuse?

“i felt liberated because men used to treat me like an object” .
NO THEY DIDN’T!! thats just nonsense you told urself. i have never treated women like objects. i have never met a guy who has.

but *sarcasm alert* whenever i see a woman in a bee keeper suit, im always like “boy that girl must have some awesome ideas, i sure appreciate her for the person she is from the inside because she’s dressed like that”

muslim women are the ones who r objectified. you’ve all heard the beautiful logic, that we have hijab for the same reason we put away our jewels in a safe, being told to us with no sense of self consciousness. is this not objectification of a human being?

muslim men in muslim cultures have a strong sense of ownership of their wives. its so obvious to the rest of the world that this is the psychology behind covering em up head to toe, so no1 else can see wat is mine.

//as most men are, inherently, only able to react to that, the same way a hungry lion would react if thrown a juicy piece of steak, and told not to eat it//
more medieval nonsense.wat utter ignorance. this is the argument that blames the victim. men are human beings, and by and large do control themselves. the crazier men are those who r sexually repressed. the craziest n worst behaved boys and men i have ever seen are the repressed arabs who ogle at any skin they ever see.

these are all after the fact justifications. if the niqaab was that awesome, women of all religions and cultures would have been wearing it. not just women who discovered this amazing thing only after being commanded to wear it by a god.

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Mr Khurrram,
If u are so annoyed with the beliefs of Islam then why do u bother to read this article? and naqaab is not an imprisonment for those who choose to wear it.And whatever muslim people around you do is not what Islam is all about.Why dont you learn more about Islam and its logics.Just because you see muslim people behave badly u think ths is how Islam and its teachings are.Why dont u try and learn a little about islam you may start with why we wear hijab.

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Mr Khurram
I am in total agreement with your comments.
In Australia at the present time we have our Prime Minister, 2 state premiers, and our Governor general all women (not to mention many female heads of corporations).
I was around when the miniskirt & hotpants were around and as a male I NEVER contemplated rape or any other physical abuse of women. (I had control unlike muslim men apparantly!!!. )
Can someone tell me how many women are in power in muslim countries??
Seems to me this women has very low self asteem. Her husband is obviously a muslim and she does what HE wants. I am a catholic, like her father. We as catholics would not intervene with our children’s wishes unlike muslims.

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. Always remember that if you unconditionally and selflessly submit to the teachings of your religion, obey Allah’s commandments, and remain steadfast in worshipping Him, then you will receive the blessing of possessing sincere love for your religion, and you will be freed from all forms of inferiority complexes.
If you do not so submit, then know that you will be overwhelmed in the endless and irrelevant pursuit of material wealth.

If you wish to reach the same heights and walk along the same path as the Muslim women of the time of the Holy Prophet (sa), women who transformed themselves by totally submitting themselves to Allah, believing in Him, obeying Him, always turning to Him and remaining devoted to Him, then you must follow all of the teachings of Islam.

Otherwise, you cannot call yourselves Muslims; if you do not strengthen your faith and save yourselves from the evils of society, then you cannot call yourselves mominaat (believing women); if you do not set high standards of obedience, then you cannot call yourselves ‘qanitaat’ (obedient women); if you do not repent and engage in worship, then you are cannot be called ta’ibaat (women who seek forgiveness) and abidaat (women who engage in worship).

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Mr Khurram,

In this above comment , i think you are not have much knowledge about Islam. So brother You learn more about Islam.

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and bro am going to share it with the link as my frnds on fb dont read articles which are shared 🙂

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Allahu Akbar. Jazak Allahu khayran my sis and the admin.
Let them hear these voices if they really have the heart to listen.
May Allah be with us ❤

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. Always remember that if you unconditionally and selflessly submit to the teachings of your religion, obey Allah’s commandments, and remain steadfast in worshipping Him, then you will receive the blessing of possessing sincere love for your religion, and you will be freed from all forms of inferiority complexes.
If you do not so submit, then know that you will be overwhelmed in the endless and irrelevant pursuit of material wealth.

If you wish to reach the same heights and walk along the same path as the Muslim women of the time of the Holy Prophet (sa), women who transformed themselves by totally submitting themselves to Allah, believing in Him, obeying Him, always turning to Him and remaining devoted to Him, then you must follow all of the teachings of Islam.

Otherwise, you cannot call yourselves Muslims; if you do not strengthen your faith and save yourselves from the evils of society, then you cannot call yourselves mominaat (believing women); if you do not set high standards of obedience, then you cannot call yourselves ‘qanitaat’ (obedient women); if you do not repent and engage in worship, then you are cannot be called ta’ibaat (women who seek forgiveness) and abidaat (women who engage in worship).

You must engage in self-examination to determine the extent to which your deeds match your words.
You must always be mindful of the purpose for which humankind was created.
Your only goal should be to gain the pleasure of Allah.
You must strive to achieve increasingly higher goals.
When your goals and standards are high, you will engage in extra efforts to achieve them.
Mothers and daughters should engage in self-reflection.
Only then can you reform yourselves and safeguard and train your future generations.

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Assalamualikum,
And what about men, dont they have any reponsibilty towards their muslim sisters and brothers?dont they play any role in the mishaps that happen to women? I agree that women must cover themselves but they are not the only ones responsible.
I agree that if women dress decently, men wont get aroused or provoked but women alone are not responsible for the crimes that have reached so high in our society today that no man can be trusted.

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Masha ALLAH 🙂

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SALAM ALLAH ALAIK dear brother and jazak Allah khair for sharing ,it’s very nice article .
May ALLAH bless you …

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JazakAllah Kheir for sharing its real a master piece-let them learned from it.

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WOW! I would be short of words when my non- muslim friends ask me abt me covering my head .Thanku !ur just great

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Well said dear, praiseworthy!

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