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Will you denounce Sharia?

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Submitted by Maggie (New Zealand), Dec 1, 2009 at 18:09

You are welcome to wear a Hijab as long as you wish; it is your choice. Nobody in the Western World has ever prevented a woman from wearing a Hijab. Having said that I really wish to know what does your spirituality tell you when you wear a Hijab?

Wearing Hijab is definitely comparable with shaving off the hair in that it is not what we were born with. However, there are some differences needing consideration and; before I go into the major difference, let me talk about why I would not wear a Hijab.

To me God has created us all with hair which is to be seen and enjoyed, not shaved or covered. Talking about shaving, it should be my whole freedom whether I shave it, or not. I know there is a Jewish group whose women shave their hairs; however, I have never heard of any sanctions against other Jewish or non-Jewish, non-shaving women to force them to shave their hair. If there happens to be a group of people or religion or cult who dictate on women to shave their hairs in order for women to be part of and accepted by the society, then I would and should act against it; for I do not wish to have my hair shaved or having the shaving of my daughter's hair forced by law or any community rule, otherwise we are outsiders. The same applies to covering my hair. Try to take off your Hijab for once, would your community accept you?

Hijab is not just a cover; it is a symbol that restricts life to a big extent in particular for females. Try cycling with Hijab, can you? Try swimming with Hijab? Can you? try to play badminton on the beach with Hijab, can you? If you elect to and are able to do all that with your Hijab, by all means, do it. However, I assure you, you will not go too far, for Hijab restricts your body. The question is: is this what your spirituality telling you to do? You will end up doing sport only there where there are only females, and having places created only for females and other places created only for males. Sport is just an example; the whole society and our interaction with each other will be based on separation of sexes. Is that what your spirituality tells you it should be?

Hijab is the ultimate symbol of male possession. A woman is a one man's ownership. She is his; nobody can see her; nobody can touch her; nobody can fancy her, and in some Muslim communities, this escalates to clitoris excision, just in order for the man to make sure his woman will not fancy anybody else. To my knowledge, this is only found in Muslim communities, and nowhere else in the world. If I am mistaken please correct me. In this order, a woman is nothing but an object for man's pleasure. If you are happy with what Hijab means, you are welcome to wear it. I do not mind. You are also welcome to go the extra mile to prove to your husband you will not fancy anybody else but him. I wouldn't do that. Would your husband give you also the proof he wouldn't go with another woman?

Hijab has never been a symbol of defiance to the Western World until Sep 11 and the following invasion of the US in Afghanistan. Like magic, Hijab women mushroomed all over the world, obviously saying: here we are - we are Moslems? So what? The US are fighting terrorists: are you backing terrorism?

When mushrooming of Hijab occurs simultaneously all over the world, then there is only one explanation: it has been an order going thru the mosques to men, who back home enforced it by having their wives and daughters wearing it. Do you have any other explanation? Basically, it is an act of defiance, thought and created by men, started in the mosques, using women (men's objects) to express it. You say now that you are wearing Hijab out of spirituality; let me please understand, what does your spirituality say to you?

You are addressing now the issue nicely: we should accept you like anybody who colours her hair or wears a bikini. You are appealing to our sense of democracy, are you not? However, when the time comes to vote, you will vote for Sharia, out of spirituality, which gets rid of this democracy and allows only for the Islamic rule to take effect, abolishing the democracy that allowed us to accept you and allowed you to wear your Hijab under our rule. Isn't this correct?

The fact is, I do not care whether you make sport or not; I do not care whether you expose your body to the sun rays to have enough Vit D generated or not; I do not care whether you cover yourself up with burqa or Hijab; it is your freedom. What I care about, will you denounce Sharia? Would you vote for Western Democracy that allows you to practice your spirituality and vote for abolishing sharia?

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