By: Mohammed Al-Ariky
I heard something rare from someone close to me so much, which was a pretty silly thing to hear. A month ago, he traveled to hometown, Taiz (Cultural and Industrial Capital of Yemen). “I think I fall in love with a girl wearing Niqab in Taiz, called Radhwa” my best friend Farouk said at the first gathering. My shock behind this simple statement creates then serious questions should be answered.
Love is the highest value for the whole humanity. In the past or in the future you give-and-take love. Nevertheless, you cannot love someone has no perceptible features and personality. You do not know who is. I intend that our faces are the real mirror of our own emotions, impressions and even thoughts. Consequently, our faces must be in the IDs, passports and so on. How can I smile? With no face. That smile would be inside me if there were no mirror, makes it seen to the surrounding. At the same time, how can I feel one’s smile with covered face?
Well, not only smiles! Let us thinking of anger, satisfaction, boredom, sadness and tiredness. It completely goes to be more complicated. I agree that eyes can deliver our messages but they must be part of the face, not the only visible part of it. Seeing two beautiful eyes in unsympathetic black noise, it just like seeing two beautiful pearls in mud.
Religious Traditions’ Poison
I have tried to ask number of Sheikhs (scholars in Sharia) about that piece of cloth. They said as usual on TV shows that women should cover their faces in order to avoid seducing men in streets and public transportations. “These are instructions of God (Allah)” they said.
I do not know what confirmations they have. However, I am sure that there is no direct and obvious order from Allah. There are many and many views about covering, face or other parts of woman’s body as a principle. Instead, there is an obvious order in Holly Quran to lower our eyes, both men and women. Because there is no reason to build walls in front of our feelings and be foreigners to each other.
After he laughed so loudly, Farouk sharply looks to me. “Not just that, in some regions of Yemen, they believe that even women’s eyesight itself is prohibited (Haram) and they have been making fatwas describe every part of woman’s body as shameful (Awrah)” he said. We live in the world of extremism!
As a young man, I am completely shocking every single day with new bad rules in our society that, in fact, not related to Islam or any other religion. Those rules are nothing more than stupid traditions. Actually, we need some searches to proof that their roots are disgusting personal opinions or wrong explanations of verses of Holly Quran.
Get Your Desire In Secrecy
On the other hand, Niqab has very significant positive side in our society. This piece of cloth makes girls unknown. Hence, they can freely do whatever they want. For instance, girls can easily build companionships with boys especially in schools, universities and work. Relationships could definitely grow to love story, illegal marriage or staying very strong friendship for years in the future. Girls can do bad things socially refused, breaking the religious siege. Niqab successfully saves them, as well as keeping their perfect image as good Muslim girls. ‘Good girl’ means no love before marriage, no relationships with men, covering whole body and believing of superiority of male over female.
“Any social mistake is made by a bad girl” I think this is the golden rule heads this culture. It is an extreme way of thinking. I believe that love can overcome all obstacles anyway. Everyone lives here can easily conclude that girls persevere looking for love. Why should girls live with black shields in order to, as they wrongly learned, protect themselves from wild animals and vampires in streets?