Thursday, October 8, 2009

Proposed Niqab Ban IN CANADA by "Muslim" Canadian Congress [MCC]

So hopefully all the Muslimahs out there have woken up and in horror are protesting the proposed ban by Islamic University Al Ahazar to ban the niqab click here to read. and Click on this link to read. And did the same with the proposed niqab ban in France, as they did for the hijab bans in France, Turkey, and Tunisia. Because when one nation succeeds another will try, and slowly our freedoms will be taken all away. One minute it is niqab, the next jilbab, then hijab, then the ability to pray in public or have jobs at all. Because now my nation, Canada, is. Thank you very much Sarkozy, and others (including Al Ahzar).

Muslim organization urges Ottawa to ban burkas, niqabs in public
Fred Ernst-The Associated Press
TORONTO - Middle Eastern garments designed to cover a woman's face are "medieval" and "misogynist" symbols of extremism with no basis in Islam, a Canadian Muslim lobby group [remember the Qu'ran warned about the hypocrites that would try and destroy us form within by joining our ranks? This is them] said Wednesday as it urged Ottawa to ban the burka and the niqab. The Muslim Canadian Congress called on the federal government to prohibit the two garments in order to prevent women from covering their faces in public - a practice the group said has no place in a society that supports gender equality."To cover your face is to conceal your identity," [not necessarily---somtimes it is a statement of the belief that you belong to yourself and to your belief in God alone----or it reveals some sort of stage in your life ie like a wedding veil] Farzana Hassan said in a telephone interview, describing the issue as a matter of public safety [no niqabi women rob banks----pedophiles and rapist use windowless vans to commit their crimes in, do we ban those too?], since concealing one's identity is a common practice for criminals.
The tradition of Muslim women covering their faces in public is a tradition rooted more in Middle Eastern culture than in the Islamic faith, Hassan added [claimed without evidence].There is nothing in any of the primary Islamic religious texts, including the Qur'an [that is an error], that requires women to cover their faces, she said - not even in the controversial, ultra-conservative tenets of Sharia law [actually, in one way it could interpreted as fard but the majority say recommended which means an encouraged choice of personal freedom recommended by God Himself in the Qu'ran]. Considering the fact that women are in fact forbidden from wearing burkas in the grand mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest site [only during Hajj and they are still allowed to cover their faces jsut not to wear a veil for the purpose of doing so], it hardly makes sense that the practice should be permitted in Canada, she said."If a government claims to uphold equality between men and women, there is no reason for them to support a practice that marginalizes women." [I wear niqab and my husband doesn't and I don't feel marginalized you betrayer of my rights, Farhana Hassan].
The proposed ban would include the burka, an iconic head-to-toe gown with a mesh-like panel over the face that allows the wearer to see and to breathe, as well as the niqab - a veil that leaves only the eyes exposed.Hassan said the ban would not extend to the hijab, a traditional headscarf that does not cover the face.The proposed ban comes on the heels of reports that Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of Egypt's al-Azhar university and the country's highest Muslim authority, is poised to issue a fatwa, or religious edict, against the garments.Media reports Monday said Tantawi described the face coverings as "a custom that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith."Mohamed Elmasry, former president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, said he agrees the tradition has its roots in cultural customs rather than religious teachings, but that the issue is irrelevant in Canada where the practice is not widespread. Elmasry disputed suggestions that the garments pose a security threat, saying only a minority of Muslim women living in Canada feel the need to conceal their features in public. He said he believes those women should have the freedom to decide whether they wish to cover their faces, and that a ban would limit freedom of expression."People feel it's part of their identity, people feel it's part of their culture," Elmasry said. "It's not for you and me to decide."


As I said before, niqab is for SURE part of Islam as the Qu'ran commands the Prophet's wives to always observe covering their faces, even WHILE ON HAJJ (just that they were not to do so with an affixed veil but could so with whatever was available of the pilgrimage clothing).

'Aisha (RAA) said: "Pilgrims were passing by us while we were with the Prophet of Allah (saaws). When they came close to us we would draw our garments from the head to cover the face." [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah. Ad-Daraqutni reports a similar Hadeeth on the authority of Umm Salamah (RAA). Thus, we see that covering the face was a priority of the Sahabiyat and it is certainly a characteristic of the women who opt to follow their righteous path. So at the VERY least this is the Sunnah of the prophet's wives, something approved of by the Prophet Mohammed sallalahu alahi wa salaam.

Whether it is fard (required at all times out of the home) for ALL women depends on your methodology for interpreting the evidences about jilbab [the Qu'ran commands women to wear a garment called jilbab when they leave their home]. There is some evidences to show that jilbab for many women of the Sahaba (early Muslims) did indeed cover the face. But this may have been because of this ayah (chapter) from the Holy Qu'ran: ...And when you ask [the Prophet Mohammed's wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not [conceivable or lawful] for you to harm the Messenger of Allāh or to marry his wives after him, ever. Indeed, that would be in the sight of Allāh an enormity.(Al-Ahzāb 33:53)

Now I know this ayat is specific to the Prophet's wives, may Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala be pleased with them. Their sins were to be twice as heavy as our own, and they were forbidden to marry after their husband's death while we ordinary women are encouraged to if we wish to or are able to. But when the Prophet sallalahu allahi wa salaam came upon a woman who was not his wife (to propose marriage) there was ALREADY A COVER/PARTITION between them. Yes, this sahabiyat became his wife, but at the time she was not, and yet this was already in practice between at least this man, and this woman. The following hadith narrated by Umm Salamah:“When my ‘Iddah (This type of ‘iddah refers to the 4 months and 10 days of mourning that Allah has legislated for a woman after her husband passes away) ended from [the death of] Abi Salamah, Rasūlullah (Sallalllahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) came and spoke to me and between him and I was a Hijāb, and so he proposed to me…” Note, she said: "there WAS a hijab, not, "I was WEARING a hijab". What we often refer to now as hijab (the headscarf) is known in the Qu'ran specifically as a khimar. "Hijab" is an Islamic term that means "cover" such as a screen, partition, or a veil. THE WHOLE OF A MUSLIM WOMAN's MODESTY (her voice in public, her Islamic clothing, what she says, what she does) is her hijab, her portable covering. If this type of "hijab" were what the hadith were referring to, Umm Salamah would have said: "between us was Hijab", not "a hijab" which in the Arabic, grammatically refers to a specific kind of cover, [a veil, or a partition, or a screen] and not the kind that Um Salamah was wearing. You simply can not get that out of the grammer. Anyways, so maybe the Prophet sallalahu alahi wa salaam simply thought to speak to Umm Salamah (may Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala be pleased with her) from another room for propriety's sake, but stealing a comment from Revert Muslimah's post http://revertmuslimah.blogspot.com/2009/02/when-people-ask-me-about-niqab.html "another way to look at this concept would be that if in a woman's home [place of our refuge and saftety says Allah] they have [should have] a barrier or veil between her and a man why would she abandon that form of modesty when she left the home?"That is why I have always believed the niqab is mustahaab (beneficial/you get reward for wearing it) since Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala Himself has informed us in Al-Ahzāb 33:53: "That is purer for your hearts and their hearts" . If the Prophet's wives (may Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala be pleased with them) and the Sahabiyiat had less fitnah in their hearts then I do and the people who surround me, then why shouldn't I wish for an oppurtunity to have my heart be purer? Which is WHY the MAJORITY of Islamic methodology (called fiqh) says that niqab is highly recommended (a choice that God himself recommends) but that it is not obligatory---only better.

Which means the CHOICE to wear niqab IS part of our religion, and is a recommended choice from Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala. So Farhana Hassan and Tariq Fatah of the MCC (Muslim Canadian Congress) make this application to ban my rights on false grounds. Please protest. If you are a Canadian Muslims provide evidence and send it to the newpapers and your local government as well as Federal. If we have people like Farhana and Tariq standing up for our rights instead of ourselves, pretty soon we won't have any. Even if you are living abroad please write your embassy.

And yes, MCC, niqab IS a custom that predates the Qu'ran, because didn't Allah send prophets before Mohammed sallalalhu alahi wa salaam to mankind to invoke piety and righteousness and tauhid on mankind? It would have ben known to other righteous nations.

other articles I have written with evidences pertaining to niqab being a part of Islam and of strategies to defend the right to wear niqab:

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/why-do-i-want-to-go-and-wear-niqab-in.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/tonight-i-was-part-of-dawah.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/hijab-doesnt-stop-me-from-anything.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/are-you-afraid-have-fear-of-none-but.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/niqab-ban-in-france-my-thoughts.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/hijab-should-not-make-us-stand-out-from.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/muslim-couples-evoke-anger-on-sight.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/response-to-organicas-niqab-is-it.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/jilbab-is-religious-requirement-of.html

http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/underneath-veil-and-into-muslim-womans.html

17 comments:

Aïsha said...

I'm really afraid by the fact that some muslims are against niqab and they are with the not-muslims to fight again their propers sisters... May Allag guide them. But every day (in France), i see more and more sisters who convert, who take jelbab, who take niqab, Hamdoulillah! Think about the Hijra sisters if you can. May Allah help us to do Hijra.

NoortheNinjabi said...

If you read MCC's description page and "who speaks for us", they're not exactly the most devout group. Personally, I think they're trying to get their "progressive" butt's 15 minute of fame. (Butt is being said as a replacement to the string of profanities that I'd like to be using.)

UGH astaghfirullah al azim. Life's gonna get interesting!

Sarah Plain And Short said...

I can't believe this...I am so disgusted that this is happening. I mean come on what is so threatening about a housewife who wears it? Or a nurse? Or a doctor? Even though we don't wear it (we being me and my mother) we are horrified that ppl can't be respected for something THEY want to do that is NOT HURTING anyone!!

Sarah Plain And Short said...

Pixie I am making dua for you and the others who wear it, I hope this will not happen.

LK said...

This is awful. Why can't people just allow others to dress as they choose? Its not hurting people.

I'm waiting for America to be next, so much for free countries and freedom.

haifa said...

Let me ask you something.

If you can't wear niqab during hajj while in Mecca, which has got to be the holiest place on earth, then why would you wear niqab out daily?

AlabasterMuslim said...

Soon it will happen in America too, authu billah! I'll definitely be one of the women protesting if it comes to that. Inshallah it will not be banned, pixie! I'll pray that there is enough common sense in Canada..

AlabasterMuslim said...

I went on blogger to do some last minute reading before bed time....left a comment....turned off the computer....and turned it back on because this post has got me thinking. Next will SURELY be America. Allahu Alim, America could have been the first one at it but just staying low. Argh.

Pixie said...

Aisha: Wow, mashaAllah, I just checked your blog out (was lurking, no comments, lol) and I love it. Can't rad the french myself but but it seems very interesting.

About Hirja, seems no point sometimes. You can't really get alot of good jobs in niqab even IN Muslim countries.

Pixie said...

Noortheninjabi: Yes, they are a rather far from the sunnah group to be speaking about Islam, right?

Pixie said...

Sarah: InshaAllah not.InshaAllah.

Pixie said...

LK: Maybe after they kick Obama out?

Pixie said...

Haifa: Awwww good point, one I USED to think myself actually. I'll tell you what changed my mind. The majority of reverred women in the Sahaba (not just the Prophet's wives) covered their faces on Hajj when around non-maharam men. Asma bint Abu Bakr for example (she was not married to the Prophet sallalalhu alahi wa salaam so one cannot make the argument that ONLY the Prophet's wives did so while in Mecca). They just didn't wear an affixed veil (niqab) when on hajj (because affixed veils back then could be symbols of social and tribal affluence and status for women of the period as any costumer well knows) but they covered their faces with the edges of their khimar and jilbab (if the jilbab was a style that covered the head instead of the shoulders). So EVEN ON HAJJ, the faces were covered, only they were not to wear affixed veils and gloves (which could be symbols of one's wealth--which is why they were disallowed). This is halal for a woman to do also when not on pilgrimage but wearing an affixed veil (niqab) is more practical if a woman wants free use of her hands for daily tasks.

Also, Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala reccomends in the holy Qu'ran that when men and women ask eachother for anything, they should do so through a partition (they don't HAVE TO unless they are a wife of the Prophet sallalalhu alahi wa salaam---but it is a recomendation for Allah soooooo who is gonna reject that?). From studying various ahadith about women of the sahaba, I know that in their houses, women like Um Salamah (before she married the Prophet (SAW) spoke to him from behind a wall so she had no need of jilbab or a veil of any kind since the wall was her hijab. But when she left the home she wore a jilbab, and like Prophet's wives (before she was a wife of his) she used a covering over her face (with the edges of her jilbab). So just form my own studies, I know it IS actually the sunnah of the Sahaba to cover one's face while on Hajj and Umrah with the edges of khimar and jilbab (only in the presence of nonmaharam men of course). And from historical and anthropological reasons I know why affixed veils (could be status symbols and tribal markers) were disallowed for hajj. But they simply are more practical to wear when doing daily tasks such as work, and nowadays, most niqabs (some African and Berber ones areexcpetions, lol, I've spent some time with some bedu) are not markers of affluence and tribe.

Aïsha said...

Yes i know that wearing niqab and have a normal life, work can be hard even in muslims countries and it's sad... I make du'as for you and thank you to look at my blog, now it's in french and english!

LK said...

True I don't think it will happen while Obama is in office...that would be REALLY hypo-critical since he is trying to have a peaceful relationship with the Islamic community.

And it somehow didn't happen under Bush so who knows LOL

Jamilah said...

The Muslim Canadian Congress is a joke. They should not be allowed to have the title "Muslim" in their name. They are run by a bunch of crazy 'modern' Muslims who don't even think sisters should cover at all...

eyes serene said...

Assalamu alaikom,
Yeah, I saw this on the 'net and I was surprised. I'd heard of that group before but I don't know anything about them. Like everyone else is saying here, it makes me nervous that we'll be hearing this in the US soon. I don't wear niqaab but I think I will have to take it up in protest!!! And I can't believe that a Muslim group is advocating for this in Canada... I'm curious if there will be more public attention on niqaab now that they've released this statement... Keep us posted, in case some of us (like me heh) don't catch any more news about it.