Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,
This post was written on FB about a month ago with regards to an article I read in the local papers. In a nutshell, the writer is of the opinion that ‘wearing less clothes would deter terrorists from infiltrating in that area’.
Absurd? I thought so too..
Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh
I never fail to enjoy Brother Nouman Ali Khan’s insightful lectures especially on contemporary issues. He has given a relatively similar lecture on modesty before, so some of the things mentioned in the video are quite familiar.
I was reading an article on New Year’s Day that I thought was simply outrageous. The writer was of the opinion that if people dressed with little or less clothing, it would deter terrorist aka ‘religious fundamentalist’ (we don’t need to scratch our heads to figure out who he was referring to!) from residing in the country. This would supposedly be a sore to their eyes as these ‘religious fundamentalists’ are big on dressing modestly. He promoted the idea of nudity being a way of expressing ourselves, a form of freedom that a decade ago, it would have been frowned upon especially in this relatively conservative country. Two main points in one article but the crux of it,to me, is just encouraging indecency.
Of course, I had to laugh at this absurdity. Obviously, he either wrote this article when heavily drunk or just has lack sense of humour. I’m not even going to touch on his terrorist-crap idea because my main concern is modesty. Or rather the lack of it.
Lately, there had been series of articles on underage sex, child pornography found in the possession of two trainee teachers, increasing number of rapes, teenage pregnancy, sex offenders – and still, we dare to ignore the possibility that the rising number of such cases could be the result of having little haya’. We see so much filth on the television and instead of feeling ashamed, we become immune to them. Discussions on sex may it be through music, in magazines, advertisements used to be taboo but we speak of it freely and openly as though we have no moral values.
What I find more upsetting is that even our muslimahs nowadays lack haya’. We mingle freely with non-mahrams, have illicit relationships with them, wear hijaab but with tight and revealing clothings and all these seem to be a norm in our society. Sadly, even some asatizahs are of the opinion that “it is okay to have a boyfriend now as you need to get married anyway right?” or that “what is wrong with free-mixing? We are not backdated, you know..“. Hijaab merely becomes a trend or fashion statement rather than a religious obligation. We dress to satisfy our own desires by combining hijaab and tight clothing and this contradicts the actual objective of even wearing the veil!
Sisters, we have our Deen as our guidance yet why do we follow how the kufar lead their lives? We have the Mother of Believers and Sahabiyaat (female companions) as our role models but yet we try to emulate singers and popstars in the way they dress, behave and the language they use. We have the Qur’an and Sunnah as a our light shinning towards siraatal mustaqeem but some still choose to walk in the darkness. I target the Muslimahs specifically because we are the future mothers and if we don’t practise our Deen properly, imagine how the next generation will turn out to be!
Sisters, let’s not be fooled by words of men who tell us to remove our hijaab and dress indecently. Don’t be fooled by the deceit they propagate that being in the nude is a form of freedom. Our beauty is not judged by how much skin we uncover or how we dress but by our akhlaq. Our self-worth is not calculated by the number of men who approach us for our numbers (or just to ‘chat you up’) but rather by our taqwa and eemaan. You are worth so much more than being ‘a piece of flesh’. Rather, you are like the pearl in the ocean-untouched, uncovered and only those who can afford, will deserve to have you.
Our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alayhis’ salaam) said, “Live in this world as a wayfarer or stranger”. May we be rewarded for striving to live like a ghurabaa in this Dunya.
Please forgive me for being harsh. May Allah forgive me if I have hurt anyone of you.