An Anecdote on Speculating and Exploiting Religion

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.

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