The case against niqab Modesty is a latin word and it means simplicity and moderation. Islam promotes modesty because it beautifies our behavior, speech, thoughts and dressing. Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof… 24:30-31 We are all like an iceberg and only God has the ability to judge our character.
Personally I don’t rate myself as a very religious person but being a Muslim I have a right to reflect and write about different Islamic issues and the most important issue these days is Burqa ban especially in European countries. On Tuesday, Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, announced her plan to ban the burqa—a full-body garment worn by some Muslim women. She should be concerned about hunger, poverty & terrorism but she is unfortunately more concerned about Niqab hijab and burqa issues. This type of discrimination will lead to further racism, hate and intolerance. In certain situations especially if it comes to the protection of the people and the country. The women can be asked not to wear the naqab but I don’t think it should be banned as a whole. Other solutions can be worked out instead. Naqab is also part of Islam but it is not mandatory ( read Soreh Ahzab for further reference. O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful. Qur’an 33:59 See Allah is the most compassionate and Merciful and He design everything for the protection of a human being.
It’s not easy to comprehend the full message of Quran by reading few lines of Holy book. It would be useless to follow anything without accepting completely, therefore its un-necessary to impose anything to anyone . The core essence of this message is modesty now a women has a freedom of choice to wear niqab, hijab , burka, khimir or chador. Those who think that naqab is not a part of religion are wrong . Niqab has a place in Islam, since the Prophet’s wives were required to wear them. In today’s context, many women attempt to emulate the best of women to bring themselves closer to God. In the end I would say that please let the people breathe and live their life according to their faith and cultural values. Don’t make their religion a very difficult choice for them. Don’t try to lower their self-esteem just because of a piece of garment.
Written by: Anita Ajrak