Its awards time again…and some thoughts on hijab/veil

Its award time again and I have been awarded with some great thoughts of appreciation.E-life has blessed me with some great friends and widen horizons of reading and understanding.I am glad and thankful to all for making me a part of your e-life ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you Manjug and Smitha..Indeed,as award is a note of appreciation and the feel of having been remembered is great .Manju has passed me the Shield..Honestly speaking i was flattered by her words..

shield_I am pleased to pass this award on to a blogger friend whom I greatly admire for her honesty, empathy for others, and for her perseverance in researching the historical background of political situations, Nimmy. Please accept this as a token of my friendship.

Smitha has awarded me the Versatile Blogger award..She says

Nimmy – She blogs, she cooks, she gardens – and from the look of it – she’s good at all of it!

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Woo hoo,thanks Smitha,I am honoured to be appreciated as an all-rounder ๐Ÿ˜‰

Both Manju and Smitha have awarded me ‘I love your blog’ and ‘Lovely Blogger’ awards..Thanks a lot..I find myself obsessed with adding on awards to my sidebar..Do pass again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I Passย all these fourย awards to my friends who made my e-life a beautiful one-with all their varient thoughts,informations and feelings ๐Ÿ™‚ Iย thank all my readersย for beingย the integral part of my blog and please do continue to share your thoughts..

I pass this award to IHM, Nita, Shail, Cris, Vimal, Dev, Charakan, Amit, Chirag, Pinku, Solilo, Salil, Reema, Kanagu, Alice, Reshmi, Praddep,1conoclast,@lankrita,Sandeep and Poonam.I am sorry if i missed anybody in my dear-list..Will update when my brain recalls your name ๐Ÿ™‚

ย Also,I would like to award this the shield to Aam Insaan who is a regular reader and who shares lot of thoughts,but doesn’t have a blog.

Please accept the award as a not of friendship and appreciation..

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The other day,we discussed on Hijab/veil.Ziggy has shared some thoughts,which are exactly similar to my view on this subject.I am pasting his comment here so that you all would read.

Everyone MUST have the right to chose how or what the want to wear. Just like women MUST have a choice of wearing a Hijab, Women MUST also have a choice NOT to wear it, and no stigma attached either way.Veil or Naqab in my opinion is going to far, but everyone must be free to decide for themselves.

No where in the Qurโ€™an the word โ€˜Hijabโ€™ is used for any part of clothing. The word used is โ€˜Khimarโ€™ meaning cover, and it is used as in to cover your chest. โ€œAnd tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils(Khimar) over their bosomsโ€ No where the word head or hair is used.

The precise word โ€˜Hijabโ€™ has been used in the Qurโ€™an a few times but never in correlation with clothing, it is used as a barrier. Al-Hijab = Barrier Khimar = Cover

Another verse in the Qurโ€™an says; Oโ€™Children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness [TAQWA] is the best. This is from the signs(revelations) of Allah that they may remember. (Al-Araf, 7:26) The above clearly distinguishes the superiority of Righteousness. Taqwa(Consciousness, Righteousness) far supersedes a mere piece of cloth.

No where in Islam it says Hijab is mandatory. Today Hijab is cultural and used as โ€˜Controlโ€™. There is no doubt about it and I say this with 100% certainty and I challenge anyone . . . that in overwhelming majority of cases Hijab is imposed. Take any country; Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt . . . . women are forced, pressured and coerced.

Why is there no focus on Menโ€™s modesty? Why should men not cover themselves, why should men not cover their head, why should men not hide their handsomeness just for their wives? Why should women carry menโ€™s Burdens. No one has the right to impose their views on others!!

Why has all Islam been squeezed into a mere piece of cloth? Why has Islam been completely pinned to a mere piece of cloth. So suddenly you put on a piece of cloth and you become a symbol of Piety? So women who donโ€™t wear Hijab are not Pious, or religious, or good Muslims, or modest!! What does a piece of cloth got to do with modesty or Piety? Hijab is NOT the Pinnacle of Islam or a symbol of Piety.

Is there nothing else in the Qurโ€™an that is even slightly important that Hijab, or nothing in the Qurโ€™an that by far supersedes this absurd fixation on Hijab. So a piece of cloth takes presedence over and is more important than; Salah(Prayers), Zakat(Alms, compulsory in Islam), Fasting, backbiting, jealousy, charity, Sadaqa(a form of Charity), greed, oppression, human rights, treatment of women, anger, envy, family, forgiveness, promises, usury, revenge, stealing, superstition, love, peace, unity, brotherhood . . . . . . . . . . .

Good day to all

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p.s:I will take an hour to link to all my friends..I am little busy now and will link soon later.Sorry.

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  1. yay! congrats….

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Do take away your award..-Nimmy

    • sscribbles
    • January 28th, 2009

    Congrats.
    Hey Nimmy, I hope the sidebar soon runs out of space ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amen ๐Ÿ˜‰ please link your blog with your name..-Nimmy

  2. Congrats Nimmy and thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also it is very brave of you to write about the Hijab. There are many hardened people out there, who want to ensure that women wear the symbols of religion while men can do anything they like. Such people are there in all religions. One should never support them.

    Maybe it is bcoz of the culture and palce i am coming from,people mostly don’t compel girls to wear scarf…In my whole family,many wear it,many don’t and we are fine with each others choice..But here in my current area of residence,i have felt that hijabis look down at non-hijabis.I hate that attitude..If modesty is what is implied,trust me,i am 248782395789 % modest than them ๐Ÿ˜‰ -Nimmy

  3. Congrats and thanks!


    ๐Ÿ™‚ -Nimmy

    • Chirag
    • January 28th, 2009

    Congrats Nimmy, and thanks a lot its an honor! ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Everyone MUST have the right to chose how or what the want to wear.
    I totally agree! Everyone should be free to Choose .

    ๐Ÿ™‚ –
    Nimmy

  4. Thanks Nimmy,

    So am I being awarded for being versatile or for being loved? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry for the confusion..I have updated the post..Please check -Nimmy

  5. Hey thank You!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ -Nimmy

  6. well guess the blogosphere is filled with thoughts with covering etc,I do find it fascinating,that people are so jobless(I don’t mean to blog, I mean people in general) as to talk about religion and not go around living and making life…won’t that be better for all?

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome to my blog..

    Well,this blog is basically about religion and its discussion..Maybe its your first time here,that you felt that my posts are ‘just with the flow’..The post on hijab appeared days before,this is just an ending note to it ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, i am jobless and has no life outside internet..Will that statement be fine ..? Good day,keep coming..-Nimmy

    • Dev
    • January 28th, 2009

    Nimmy, thanks for your award. I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ™‚ -Nimmy

  7. Thank You Nimmy ๐Ÿ™‚ And Congrats too! Love this blog and this wise Blogger, wish you many, many more awards … and many more blogging friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    And about your views on Hijab, all religions have become more about either a piece of cloth or it’s equivalent. Everywhere, ‘… a piece of cloth takes precedence over and is more important than… real values !

    You saw what Sri Ram Sena did in the name of the same thing in Mangalore? And shamelessly talking about culture and Patriotism after that!

    Your words made my day IHM ๐Ÿ™‚ You are a great blogger,whom i look upon for advice and inspiration..Not to comment on goondas making us,the public and owmn in particular,feel like donkeys..But honestly speaking IHM,most of indians would have just passed the whole episode as like watching a serial or Ekta kapoor soap..Such is our insensitivity… -Nimmy

    • Solilo
    • January 28th, 2009

    Congratulations and thanks Nimmi.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks nita.. -Nimmy

  8. oops I came here before and didn’t realise I had the award! Thank you very much Nimmy!~

  9. No, I think I did notice! I am now confused! I actually forgot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just had a hectic day today! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nevermind,it happens to me too -Nimmy

  10. Congrats Nimmy and thanks for awarding me ๐Ÿ™‚ As I have already said everybody has the right to chose what they wear or do and only thing they have to make sure is the line is not crossed. And I will abide by that forever.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ True Kanagu..I wish we had respected each others choice of living -Nimmy

  11. Nimmy: Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

    I really hope that with time the coercion to veil will loose its importance in Islam and more and more of the younger generation will feel it insignificant in the truest sense. Regards, BM

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks..and i pray that your words come true soon -Nimmy

    • Aam Insaan
    • January 28th, 2009

    Thanks a lot, I’m Honoured…

    ๐Ÿ™‚ -Nimmy

  12. thats sweet of you to give me four awards at once!!!

    Congrats on being awarded…its a great feeling to be remembered by peers isn’t it?

    by the way am still waiting for the muffins receipe….

    ๐Ÿ™‚ even you too remember me,so its my turn to reciprocate..Lol..Will put up muffin recipe soon,promise ๐Ÿ™‚ -Nimmy

    • Solilo
    • January 29th, 2009

    Nimsum, I picked up the award and added it to my collection. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will soon make a post and pass it on too. I have to yet do that for other awards too.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Do keep coming and share your thoughts..I do value your opinion a lot..-Nimmy

  13. oh wow.. so many awards!!! Ziggy;s write up was intersting..

    ๐Ÿ™‚ -Nimmy

  14. congratulations nimnim!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    hey how old is ur baby?

  15. Thankyou so much and Congratulations!!!!

    :)-Nimmy

  16. Congratulations Nimmy!
    …and thank you for the awards. I am really honored.

    Your friend has put things excellently.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ..
    True,he said it in right words -Nimmy

  17. Wow Nimmy COngrats and thanks so much for the awards~

    It was both interesting and informative t read about Hizab. Sadly, how we manipulate religious textbooks to serve our purpose. THis is common in all religions. This subjugation of women in name of religion just doesnot seem to stop.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ My pleasure giving you awards..And yes,opressing women’s choice is nothing new..when questioned about religion,they balme it on culture,when questioned about culture,they balme it on religion..EEW..This is a mad world -Nimmy

    • Raj
    • February 13th, 2009

    who is the originator of all these awards!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ———–

    Hi,welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ lol..i ahve no idea who started this,never thought of it ..Awards bring lot of love,happiness and appreciation.. Do come again -Nimmy

  18. Added them to my Aww page ๐Ÿ™‚

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