Paciencia, y gracias por seguir leyendo.
(mientras tanto, cortesía del Señor Aznar [el pobre está abonado a este chiste], pueden solazarse con el segundo episodio de ¡Un poco de normalidad!)
- Esto se va a retrasar un poco.
- Pues creemos que se va a retrasar.
What message is the niqab sending the Western world? "Stay away, I am too pretty/better to be bothered with?" How as Western Muslims are we planning to integrate if we plan to isolate ourselves?
As an Arab who has lived in the Middle East, I understand the importance of dressing modestly. Unfortunately, our Muslim lands are filled with perverts who would love to devour the first sight of a woman's body. When living in Egypt as a teen, I was harassed numerous times on the streets of Alexandria simply because I was a girl which translated into a piece of meat. Many women sought the protection of hijab and sometimes Niqab to protect themselves from the oversexed wolves manning and patroling the streets of a Muslim country!
I am not denying the freedom of choice. If a Muslimah chooses Niqab in the Western world, that is her choice and I will stand by her right to do it! But the nagging question still remains, "For what good?"
I couldn't help but reflect the attitude of Muslims today towards the Jews. Muslims instill hatred towards followers of one religion--even though it's clearly haraam. When I was discussing the issue of the Palestine invasion with my Sunday School students, I didn't mention once the Jews, instead I used the term Zionist--indicating that it's a fraction (political) and not necessarily the view of all Jews.
Why do we spread hate? Why do we blame everyone else but ourselves for our own weaknesses?
I was exchanging messages with my friend R the other day over our concerns about men running our Mosque boards, councils, finances and Sunday school programs, and the lack of female representation in the 'big picture' decisions. We decided that change was almost impossible so we came up with this brilliant idea: why not create our own mosque from scratch?
Our Mosque however will be nontraditional. Men won't be the sole decision makers. Women will have equal access and say on all matters concerning everyone.