Niqab



Niqab is different from hijab. Hijab refers to covering everything except the hands and face. Niqab is the term used to refer to the piece of cloth which covers the face and women who wear it usually cover their hands also. It is worn by many Muslim women across Saudi Arabia and the Indian subcontinent and is worn by many women in the West.
Historically, the veiling of the face was practised by many cultures before Islam and scholars say the adoption of its practice by Muslims was part of fitting into the society.
Although the majority of scholars agree that hijab is obligatory, only a minority of them say that the niqab is.
The scholars who do say it is obligatory are further divided by exactly what they believe needs to be covered. Some say that the eyes may be left unconcealed, while others say that everything must be concealed.
However, those scholars who rule that niqab is not an obligation do not necessarily oppose those who choose to wear it.
The most authentic ruling according to the majority of scholars is that it is not necessary and, unlike hijab, there is no sin if it is not worn. Some of these scholars state that wearing the niqab as an act of extra piety, provided they do not believe it is an obligation, will be rewarded. (BBC)

Alright, above is the introduction about Niqab.
Let's continue to read our sister experience about wearing Niqab and didn't wearing Niqab anymore:
Rumaysa, aged 27
I started wearing the niqab about eight years ago and I started wearing it in the first year of university - and my decision to wear it was to help me in my religion as an act of worship. It helps me and protects me. I feel [it] empowers me, and it helps me to realise and get closer to achieving my aim, which is to please my creator.
Rumaysah
No-one in Rumaysa's family wears the niqab
It empowers me because when I talk I believe I have a voice, I have an opinion, I'm my own person - my own personality comes across, and when people talk to me, they don't... think 'she's looking like this, she's looking like that,' so my voice comes across and people are judging me for who I am, rather than what I look like.
Why did the earlier generations like our parents, their parents, when they came here, why did they not wear the niqab? Their purpose was to earn a better livelihood, make money and give a better life to their children. Their aim was to come here, work, fit in with the society. And we are saying hang on, we are born here, we are part of the society. I see myself as British. 
Twenty years ago, fair enough, the niqab would have been virtually non-existent. You've got to bear in mind it's their choice to wear it, and as a democratic country, can we really dictate to people how they should dress?
 To take the niqab off would be stripping me of my identity as a woman and stripping me of my beliefs - and for me personally, I am nothing without my beliefs 
I get mixed reactions from people. There are people who are understanding, who are educated, and if they approach you and they really want to understand why you wear the niqab and you explain it to them, they are absolutely fine with it. They understand that a face is not an essential component of communication. 

And you get other people who, no matter what, they are ignorant or they are just plain racist and do not want to understand. Why should I compromise my religious beliefs to please other people, when it's not harming them in any way whatsoever?
Of course it upsets me that this intolerance is going on, but it doesn't make me think I want to take it off, because then I'm not being true to myself. To take the niqab off would be stripping me of my identity as a woman and stripping me of my beliefs - and for me personally, I am nothing without my beliefs.
I believe I integrate fully into British society. I go to work and the people I work with - the majority of them are non-Muslims - and they've been absolutely fine with me, I've been fine with them. They haven't had a problem in terms of me communicating. They've never seen the niqab as a barrier, and they see me for who I am and they see beyond the niqab.

And...
Khola, aged 42
I was never expected to wear the niqab. I don't think it ever crossed my parents' minds. The hijab was important, and I wore it at a very young age. The niqab was never even an issue.
Khola Hasan
Khola used to wear the niqab, but now wears the hijab
[I started wearing the niqab when] I was at university and I was mixing with a group of very young, very radical men and women - students like myself who were, I suppose, bringing a very literalist, very, what we would call now, fundamentalist interpretation of the sacred text.
And one of the things everybody was saying in the group was that the niqab is compulsory.
The group was bringing scholars from countries like Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, who were all preaching the same thing - that women should be completely covered from head to toe, even the hands and the feet, that there should be total segregation as much as possible.
There was a lot of violence against Muslim countries and one of the things that was being said again and again [by these scholars] was, 'look - the world is out to get Muslims. We are weak, we are vulnerable, we have lost the incredibly stunning empire that we had in Spain for example under the Ottomans - we've lost all that - and everyone is waiting to feast on us'.
And that was the language that was being used, 'the non-Muslim world is like wolves waiting to feast on Muslims - and the reason we are weak and vulnerable is because we are far away from true Islam. So we need to recapture true Islam in order to become strong again'.
 I wanted to go to school with my three-year-old son and be able to smile at the other mothers and have them smile back at me, and it wasn't happening when I was wearing the niqab 
I think my generation was very unhappy. We had experienced quite a bit of racism in the 70s and 80s. We were very aware of the fact that our parents were immigrants - we weren't, but we were not accepted, and we probably would never be accepted. We were searching for an identity, we were really struggling and we just couldn't be happy being British because we were not treated as English.
So we were making this point about being different and being Arab - and in our thought prophetic.
[I decided to stop wearing the niqab because] I found it incredibly impractical. I enjoy doing outdoor things and it's just very hard to do many of those. I enjoy eating out - that's one of the things I enjoy the most, and it is very hard if you're wearing the niqab.
I wanted to go to school with my three-year-old son and be able to smile at the other mothers and have them smile back at me, and it wasn't happening when I was wearing the niqab.
I was also sensing a racism - a racism I had felt when I was a child growing up. My children were experiencing racism. I started to realise slowly maybe the fact that I dress so differently is not helping... so I took off the niqab.
I think that the niqab does not help in terms of integration and it does not help the community.
The beauty of Islam is that it has universal values and rules within the Koran, and they are meant to take Muslims forward into whichever society in which they live - whether in the desert as Nomads, or in modern Britain or in America, wherever, they should be able to contextualise the Koranic rules. (BBC)

Khalas..


In here I just wanted to explained to you an opinion about Niqab in my eyes.
I live in the country where are the people in here still not familiar to see women wearing niqab, personally and honestly first time I saw women wearing niqab in my eyes is "she must be terrorist" . Okay, I admitted that my self was so easy-judge type person.
For me, it's true that there's no dalil from Al Qur'an or As Sunnah to ask muslim women to wear niqab, that's what I know so far (please correct me via email or comment below if you have dalil about it or dalil to ask muslimah women to wear niqab).
Personally I want my future wife to wearing niqab, but I don't want to insist her, I give her an option, wearing or not wearing niqab. Why? First of all, her beauty is ONLY for me, not public consumption. I realized that it'll be difficult for her daily activities like eating, and showing smile, but that's the struggle!
I am so proud with my sisters all over the world who wearing niqab, racism, ignorant people, don't want to understand about niqab is the daily meals for them, but they still holding their faith and keep wearing it.
To my sisters who didn't wearing niqab, I am really appreciate what've you choose, Islam is One and Islam is for Everyone.



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