An open letter to Principal of Govt run Ancillary Medical Training School, Srinagar on hijab ban
This is an open letter to your highness with great care, respect, love and reverence. I address you as a Son and as a Brother.
Let me start with the fact that you have disappointed me and the whole Muslim Ummah a lot. Hijab is no threat to anyone; it is the sign of modesty.
Hijab is neither a challenge to better health care nor a fashion. I feel that it shall simply deem to be called madness; to call Abaya as the source of infection. How can it be? Islam uplifted women, gave them equality, and expects them to maintain their status.
The status or the rights of women in Islam is being targeted by many a people, including you, besides keeping the secular media outlets on its toes. The Hijab or the Islamic dress is cited by many as an example of the “subjugation” enforced through the verses of the Holy Scriptures. Yet, the truth is that 1400 years ago, Islam recognized women’s rights in a way that grants them the utmost protection and respect as well, a combination other systems fail to offer. Islam granted them freedom of expression, business and financial rights, and asked the rest of society to hold them in high esteem and offer them due respect as mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters.
In the Quran, Allah Almighty first mentions lowering the gaze for men before mentioning the lowering of gaze and wearing Hijab for women. The Quran teaches us ‘Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.’ (An-Nur 24:30). The moment a man looks at a woman with any brazen or unashamed thought in mind, he should lower his gaze. The next verse of Surat An-Nur is the one commanding the women with faith in Islam to wear the Hijab. Islam expects women to maintain their status by following Allah’s rules designed for their advantage. Hijab is one such rule.
According to the Quran and Sunnah, Hijab is basic need of women. It is obligatory for males to cover at least from the navel to the knees. For women, it is obligatory to cover the complete body. Religious scholars insist that the face and the hands are part of the obligatory extent of Hijab, especially if temptation (fitna) is feared in times and places where Islamic rules are not prevalent or if security is scarce. The clothes should be loose and should not reveal the figure. The clothes should not be transparent or see-through. The clothes should not be so glamorous as to attract attention. The clothes should not resemble those of the opposite sex. The clothes should not resemble those of the unbelievers, that is, clothes that identify or are symbols of the unbelievers’ religions.
Complete Hijab, besides the criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behavior, attitude, and intention of the individual. The Quran says that Hijab enables women to be recognized as modest women and this will also protect them from being molested. Suppose there is an attendant with ill intentions, who keep teasing a girl. Whom will he tease? A girl wearing Hijab, or one wearing tight dress or shorts? Although there is no denying of the fact that even a veiled woman faces molestation and harassment but still the chances are meagre.
Dear Ma’am, Hijab does not hamper the better Patient-care or better health services but protects modesty and chastity of our sisters. Woman’s liberalization mostly disguises exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul and deprivation of her honour. Non-Muslim societies claim to have uplifted women by allowing them to expose their bodies, but on the contrary, this has actually degraded them to mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketers, hidden behind the colourful screen of ”art,” ”culture” and ”Better Patient Care.” Sisters working at health institions or at any other place should be aware that Hijab protects them from evil glances and evil desires of those who are sick in the heart, as described in the Quran. Muslim women must adhere to Allah’s rules and not be persuaded or tempted by these so-called Muslims, who oppose Hijab or belittle its significance, as those who spread these ideas only desire evil for her. I hope this letter satisfies your inquiries.
Post script: – The ban on Hijab in your esteemed institution is truly not on the pretext of Hijab being the sign of backwardness or oppression. Your highness for a moment may feel that my arguments are probably running out of context. But dear madam we the residents of Kashmir have been living in the whirlpool of politics and counter politics, that occurs behind the curtains for a good enough time now. I being the son of the same soil too have understood the basics of such Chanakyan tactics. We are enough mature now to understand the issues and sort them out. The political aggression is lame without cultural and economic aggression. You being the daughter of same nation should understand the pretext and context of such Macahvalian moves and stand with the daughters of your nation for the greater good of society. May Allah reward us all.
My Qalander’s state won’t mind Alexander’s
With respect and regards,
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