Hijab and Muslim Unity
Hijab and Muslim Unity
This article is taken from my book ‘Shia Culture’. It is a 465 pages book. The book is ready for publication and a publisher is requested to read this article and facilitate publication of the book.
The words of Aayet 7:33 of the Holy Quran are:
"Say, my Lord forbade only indecencies such of them as are apparent and such as are within, and sin and wrongful oppression, and that ye associate any one with Allah for which no warrant hath been revealed, and ye tell concerning Allah that which ye know not.”
The Almighty Allah forbids idecency, not right to live gracefully. The exuberance of indulgence in excessive Pardah is not a service to Islam or to the self. The excessive display of chastity is violating the laws in the adherence to chastity. There is no requirement to the fasionable Hijabs in the realm of Islam. But only the necessary coverage of the spots of beauty God adorned the woman with, to cease lust get unleashed in men of variance.God says in Aayet 24:31:
“And say to the believing woman they keep their eyes low and guard their private parts of their body and they should not reveal their self on to others beautifying them, save that which reveals it naturally, and they should put their stoles on their breasts and display their beautifying of self to no one except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ father, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hand possesses, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of the sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye believers! Turn you all to God that ye may attain bliss.”
This Aayet is self revealing and never encourages a modern Hijab of silk or of embriodary. This is segregation and deprivation of self from taking part fully in the normal activity of the world. And those prone to it are only to draw inspiration from Hijab in so far as the Aayet says and equip them with the essence of its teaching and do not show their embellishments and facial decorations and keep their eyes low. And if anyone of them who had her nose upturned to add further beauty to it or one who had her face done up through the precision of the surgeon’s knife in surgery for enhancing it in beauty, then they cover it as commanded in the Aayet of Pardah and not show it. Otherwise they could show their eyes, lips, nose, ears and face, no matter how beautiful God had made them.
The common culture of the Shias and the Sunnis is that our girls hide locks of their hair and consider it fashion. Our Muslim women are far behind the vigorous Russian women who are taught to know three foreign languages in the school, culinary, horse riding and gymnastic activity to be certified of fitness. And Russia is daily growing. And the Muslims in all events must embark on the intellectual journey. They must weigh facts, separating from those appearing as facts and rear the mind of their young.
The lap of the mother is the ‘former’ of the character of the child. So let the Muslim girls who are the future mothers for uniformity in all the Muslims be taught to learn modern formative skills which may produce minds of the Muslim children through which Shia and Sunni children may become Muslims of one voice. The young Muslim of any sect is the sturdy pony of Islam on which the load of the responsibility of civility and ethical discharge of behaviour, detached from the Taliban cult of dominating others can be placed with confidence, to shoulder the responsibility of representing Islam in its true perspective. Let differences between the Shias and the Sunnis be erased and each cultivated to lead ultimately to bring Muslim unity. And let Taliban behave like a true Sunni to be acceptable to the Shias.
God also said in Aayet 10:47 in the Holy Quran:
“And to each nation there is a Rasool – a Messenger. Then when their Messenger will come (to My presence) then justice will be given to them fairly and not in the least any wrong will be done with them.”
None of these Rasools God sent have said to their wards that their women cover them with a Hijab, which is extraneous to all teachings save the preservation of chastity and the display of modesty. The Hijab is discrematory, it’s shunning parlance in equality of women with women. The modernist Shia ladies wrap their heads and cover their ears and neck with a fasionable scarf whereas God in His edicts and revelations says to women to cover only their parts attracting attention. And the requirement is they remain in Pardah but not lose the sight of naturalness. The Irani official woman representative when she was visiting Pakistan, she was wearing a Chadar a course sheet of cloth over her self and she modestly conveyed the essence of womanhood to the Pakistanis. There is no roll model for the Muslim women to follow in dress display of modesty save coming from Iran.
The responsibility falls greater on the ladies to keep the society under restrain and from entering in orgy and restrain men whose nature is to exploit their female partners in the world society. So in that the women will hold the cane in hand and it will land on the palm of the men, sriking with a measured intensity to awaken men of their responsibility.
The Aayet issuing edict to the women of Islam to cover them decently and codifying the dress of the Muslim ladies is given in Aayet 33:59 and God could not be more liberal and lenient than to suggest put your outergarment on you when you go out. So what is bothering the ladies that they are putting on excessive Hijab? God says in Aayet 33:59;
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient. And God is oft forgiving, most merciful.”
Sayed Athar Husain
Afkar-e Shia (Shia Thought)