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Pakistan: On the Hijab

Degrowchyowl from Pakistan on the intricacies of wearing a hijab – as an assertion of identity or as a reminder of one's faith.

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  • Jeremiah young

    As a male and a Christian, I obviously can’t fully understand what it is like to be in your position. That said, as a Christian, I believe it is what is inside that is most important. If we were all born perfect in Gods eyes, then reminders would not be needed. Humans weren’t, and are not born perfect. In fact it is the imperfections that ultimately decide your level of faith in God.

    Therefore, whatever it is that makes you remember your faith and consequently the identity which grips onto that faith, is in my opinion what should be focused on(obviously social conditions are important). Whether it be a hijab, a necklace or a scarf, it should be your choice. After all, what is faith in anything with out the ability to make the choice to believe.

  • Musarrat Ali Khan

    The message posted by Neha Viswanathan makes the first point of being Christian. The situation is most welcome however The Quran has been Translated in every main language of this world which includes English. Therefore let us see what Quran has to say on this issue:

    SURAH AN-NOOR — 24 – 30
    Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And God is well acquainted with all that they do.

    SURAH AN-NOOR — 24 – 31
    And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and keep covered their private parts, and that they should not show-off their beauty except what is apparent, and let them place their covers over their chests. And let them not show-off their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their children that come after them, or those who are still their dependants, or the male servants who are without need, or the child who has not yet understood the composition of women. And let them not move their hips in a manner that reveals what they are keeping hidden of their beauty. And repent to God all of you believers that you may succeed.

    SURAH AN-NOOR — 24 – 60
    As for women past child-bearing, who have no hope of marriage, it is no sin for them if they discard their (outer) clothing in such a way as not to show adornment. But to refrain is better for them. Allah is Hearer, Knower.

    SURAH AL-AHZAB — 33 – 55
    The women may relax (their dress code) around their fathers, their sons, their brothers, the sons of their brothers, the sons of their sisters, the other women, and their (female) servants. They shall reverence GOD. GOD witnesses all things.

    SURAH AL-AHZAB — 33 – 59
    O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

    Those believers who follow the directives of Quran regarding Hijab, which are very clear and have no ambiguities, are following the Religion. Those who go beyond these directives (Less or More) are doing it for attention.

    msrtali@hotmail.com

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