She passed by me as I was walking down the street with her tight white pants, short shirt, and an underwear streak that is as visible as lightning in the night. I never understood such motives of covering your hair with a veil or scarf, and your body being as visible as daylight. But I have seen it, and many of you probably did as well.
In my childhood years in Saudi Arabia, I grew up where the veil was normal. All women wore it because the country’s customs have forced it upon them. In my opinion it is a traditional custom more than being Islamic. However, I was used to it, and it was the norm in the society.
Later years when I moved to Canada, I saw the big norm among Muslim women wearing the veil in this country. I was never influenced by it because my mother doesn’t wear it either. I never found a reason that was justifiable from the people around me. What I understood is that when women wear it, they are supposed to represent the positive aspects of Islam. Such aspects include being spiritually pure and morally good, and being a positive representation of Islam within the society that they live in.
Unfortunately, I can never seem to find the good in everything. I see the opposite of that. My mother always has this discussion with other women since she is a minority within that group for not wearing one. She tries to understand why girls are forced to wear the veil if they dress in the most provocative manner known to man. That does not include the heavy makeup that accompanies such lustful manner of attire.
Why do these girls cover their hair for? What’s the point if they cannot cover their bodies as well? What are they trying to represent exactly? I think from an Islamic perspective, when a girl decides and is convinced on her own to wear the veil, she must abide with the other positive rules that accompany wearing it.
Girls who do wear the veil must also represent the positive morals and ethics that Islam is known for. I have known and heard girls and women who wear the veil whose verbal language is as foul as manure. There are words that come out of their mouths that I never knew there was an equivalent word for it in the Arabic language.
So why do these girls wear the veil? Does it make a negative impact on the way other Muslim women are perceived in our Western society? You tell me.