Despite all the global crisis cases going around, right here, in my homeland, we are having a national problem, I would say, because our troubles don’t involve bruises and machine guns, but our own minds. Out of all social issues that can be discussed healthily, there were some individuals that were exploiting religion for their own personal purposes.
Yesterday, an individual has twisted the measures of aurah, the body parts you have to cover up for women in Islam, by saying that the Quran has never mentioned about wearing a headscarf and all except for covering the chest. Instead, she said that wearing a headscarf is just a cultural norm and correlating it with her stand for not wearing one.
First and foremost, I respect the freedom of speech, I respect every religion and its believers, I respect everybody’s takes on everything and I am also sorry to say this but this- is absolute trash. Let me shine the light on all of you for a moment.
The aurah of a Muslim women is generally all body parts except for the face and both palms. It also splits into some situations with different people; your husband, your family, among Muslim women, among men that are not related to the person ( men that are allowed to marry the person) and non-Muslims. Either way, Muslim women are still obligated to cover their aurah as a sign of modesty and the sole purpose is to help protect them from harm especially the ones involving sexual assaults. Even before the individual brought this up, there has been a lot of speculations going on about the necessity of wearing a headscarf. Believe it or not, the Quran has long cleared the air in a short verse.
And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
( Surah An- Nur, 24:31)
I have learned this verse during Islamic Studies class in school, and I was astonished by why this issue is still wandering around the society. The answer is there. The solid proof is right in front of you.
On a personal level, I never mind if I see or befriend any Muslim women that doesn’t cover up their aurah or anything that they do precisely because to me, as a believer, it is between them and God, so only it is solely up to Him the Almighty to judge as He knows what others don’t even in broad day light. But purposely twisting and misinterpreting His words and instructions for your one’s advantage is totally off limits. Faith is the guide to live our lives in the correct manner and in order, regardless whatever religion that you believe in. How are you even living if you are believing the wrong ideologies that you created? How can you say yes to something that is obviously wrong? For instance, will your teacher says that it is correct when you hand out a wrong answer for a Maths question? No, right? He will point out the flaws in your working scheme and scribbled at the side of the sheet with a red pen to make you understand.
Somehow, I think that is the major problem. We don’t have anyone to help us correct and understand.
Mind you, I am still learning to become a better person, physically and spiritually. I am aware that this topic may be sensitive to some of you that has been reading this space for quite some time, but I do think that I have to push this out there. It is time for us to revert to the holy teachings of our respective religions, not urbanise it. It sure is a tough time for all of us to face challenges from every aspects, but do find serenity in your holy books when you feel confused and you’ll be on the right track.
May God bless us all.