Tehniat is acquiring an Honours Degree at York University double majoring in Psychology and Fine Arts. She began writing around the age of 13; loose narrative articles and began painting in Grade 9. Tehniat was not even aware of the fact that she was capable of painting till her Grade 9 art teacher pushed her. She is very thankful to Allaah for showing her this because these are the areas in life where she finds it the easiest to be herself. Alhamdulillah.
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When the ban against niqaab first came forth; I was personally in a state of shock. Did this actually happen? How could this have happened? This is not for real, they will probably just uplift it by tomorrow night. And I believe that I was not the only person to be shocked by this; maybe this is why so many are having such a late reaction to it. I do not know what happened to finally make this hit me - and why do we just get over it and move on? This is not something small, this effects all Muslims.
Non-Muslim men were fighting against Muslim men because Muslim men are the one's who are looked upon as the oppressor's and oppressing Muslim women; now the ironic part of that statement now has become that non-Muslim men are oppressing Muslim women.
Maybe it was the ignorant Feminist groups speaking up against niqaab; they truly are ignorant. Feminist groups can speak up for a woman being the sole decision maker when it comes to abortions, due to the fact that it is HER BODY thus she should have right to it. Then how dare they speak against another woman’s right over her own body.
Or maybe it was the picture I saw of a niqaabi sister who had the courage to walk out in public with her niqaab on after the ban was implemented, being grabbed by a bunch of men. How dare they touch her?! Seeing that picture enrages me! What are my sisters in France doing that is so reprehensive that these strange men believed it was their duty to grab her and force her into a police car?
It boils me inside knowing that the government of France has taken away the right of a Muslim woman to wear a niqaab. The “Feminist” groups in Europe are arguing against the veil because covering up should not have to be a symbol of piety. Of course it is a symbol of piety! It is also a symbol of modesty and chastity; I believe many people may argue against me if I state this, BUT did The Prophet(sal Allahu alayhi wasalaam)'s wives not wear it? Is anyone going to argue with the Roman Catholic nuns and tell them not to cover themselves? Or would they rather argue with the Orthodox Jewish women?
Another thing that really confuses and frustrates me is, why are their "Muslims" who are pro this ban? With all due respect, but what happen to ONE ummah? Subhan'Allaah.. Did you not read the Qur'aan and the beautiful words of Allaah Ar-Rahmaan in His book?
It is clear that the ban on niqaab is not in particular about the niqaab. How about talking about the real issue at hand; the real issue at hand is Islamophobia. This is a blatant attack on Islam administered by a government which calls their country “Democratic.” It was a cheap and disgusting shot.
It was done through a group of white men in their nicely ironed suits attacking a bunch of women in a minority group within that country; on a matter which they know little to nothing about.
A woman’s wardrobe is no place for any strange man to speak of. Ahlie Bro?
Men will allow women to walk the streets naked but if she wants to cover herself up then they have a problem and feel that she is oppressed. Why is it that these people only see Muslim women as oppressed or imprisoned by their husband? When she tells these people that she decides to cover through her own reasoning, then they believe she is an extremist or that there is something wrong with her state of mind!
If they want to be real, let us talk about all these other REAL issues occurring that should have much more precedence than a niqaab:
- There are people that have tattoos and piercings in places that you would not even imagine. Why is that legal? Are these people not harming their bodies? They are doing much worse to themselves than the “Muslim woman who chose to cover herself.”
- What about all the girls, who are in their pre-teens, that have eating disorders! The media - which mind you - is governed mostly by men, has caused these innocent girls to think that there is something wrong with their body image.
- Everyday there are so many plastic surgeons, once again mostly males, making thousands of dollars from breast implants or tummy tucks; due to the fact that there are so many women who feel they need to do such to have a perfect body.
- Why are there women who are fighting for their right to abortions?! Do you not feel ashamed? If you are not ready to handle the consequences of having sex, then do not do it. Why are you going risk another innocent life? That fetus is in your womb for protection! ..not so that you can garbage the poor innocent thing. A'oudhu-billah.
- I am not sure if people are even aware of this; but what about the clinics placed everywhere that provide clean needles to drug abusers? Of course, it is better to give them clean needles then them sharing their needles. But if the government can accomodate abusers of heroin then is not irrational to ban the niqaab?
Am I the only one that finds this ban ridiculous?
What are they going to ban next? Muslim men growing beards?
May Allaah azza wa'jal make it easier on my sisters in France. May He, As-Salaam and Al-Muhaymin, ease their pain and hardships; give them the courage to stand against this preposturous ban which has absolutely no solid base. May Allah, Al-Jabbar, show the ignorant and transgressive ones the wrong that they have implemented on innocent lives.
May, Al-Qadir, unite the ummah and may Al-Ghafoor forgive our sins.
For Al-Haqq will always bring forth the truth. And Al-Fattaah will open another door for the troubled Muslims.
I would like to end off with these three verses from the Kitaab of Al-Hakim:
"...Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship..." [2:185].
"And whoever fears Allah - He will make for him of his matter ease." [65:5].
"...Allah will bring about, after hardship, ease." [65:7]