By Badrya Darwish
By Badrya Darwish
March 18, 2012
The latest suggestion from the group of Honorable Gentlemen in Parliament is the funniest news in an ironic way. What do you think their latest suggestion has been for the last couple of days? To build a nuclear reactor? To find where the money of Kuwait is going? To eliminate corruption? To introduce new modern curriculum in the Education Ministry so that Kuwait can advance? To build new parks and green areas for the people to walk in the country and reduce the rising obesity levels? To build fountains everywhere? No. Do not get carried away.
This Parliament is concentrating only on women. The latest proposal was to issue a law to force all women in Kuwait to wear a hijab. According to the so-called decent attire draft law, all women in Kuwait should be forced to wear a hijab (hair veil).
First of all, I would like to draw your attention. I am a muhajaba (a woman wearing a head scarf). I put a hijab on three weeks ago. I did it out of my own will. It was my choice. Not my husband’s, father’s or grandfather’s choice. Who are you to force me to wear a hijab? You are not my guardian. You are not my father. I said this in a previous article too. Who told you that hijab is a sign of decency?
Excuse me, mister. Take a walk along Gulf Road and see what many of the muhajaba do and you will understand what I mean. Look at the muhajabas who wear the sexiest, tightest clothes that underline every single curve on their body. But they still don a head scarf! Look at the tons of make-up most of our muhajabas put on as if they are clubbing or going to a disco. When I put a hijab on, it took me years to debate this. I thought to myself: “I look more decent in my ordinary clothes.” If the idea of the gentleman is to prevent women from attracting the attention of men, I think that hijab would not set the society right. This is an individual choice and it should remain so.
Even when religion came, Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be upon Him) did not force it on people. He always gave a choice to people. He never forced anything on people. He always called for democracy and justice.
According to Ayah 159 from Surrat al-Imran, (Imran Family) “And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).”
When the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) did not force anything on people, who are you to do so? I think you should take the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) as an example. Islam came as a religion to democratize the world. It was never a religion of dictatorship. It stands for equality of all men and women. So, wake up new dictators of the Parliament! You use the Parliament to show your power and dictate terms to the nation. Find something more interesting to do because women in Kuwait are aware of what they can wear. They know religion and are aware of what is right and wrong.
Published in Kuwait Times