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lindo's bravery is Bhaskar's love. Hi my gURu, My GuRu is great
What a beautiful way to express: "My mum taught me that the veil and virtue are not joined at the hip, Hijab will not make you a better Muslim, your actions will". Tell you mum, I have become her fan too.

posted by Bhaskar.ing on July 2, 2007 at 7:21 AM | link to this | reply

Bravo,you are a brave,admiable strong woman. A woman's strength lies
within and so does all her value.  I know many people who walk around pious looking and conservatively dressed (christians) who preach the word of God but live hypocritical lives.  We only have one life and we should be as true to ourselves as possible in this Godgiven life.

posted by proc on June 28, 2007 at 8:25 PM | link to this | reply

Very interesting!

"Hijab will not make you a better Muslim, your actions will."

Beautiful quote!!  Can be reflected in many religions with old traditions! 

posted by SurvivorMom on June 28, 2007 at 1:01 PM | link to this | reply

lindo
I sometimes think it would be nice to just don a hijab on a bad hair day or when I just don't feel like messing with makeup.   But, I am thankful that it is not something that has been forced or pressed upon me for morality, religion, modesty or privacy.  Thanks for sharing.

posted by TAPS. on June 27, 2007 at 2:24 PM | link to this | reply

lindo
You are a smart and brave woman. Thank you for reading and commenting on my posts. I was away most of the time for the last few days. I love your work.

posted by Justi on June 27, 2007 at 1:15 PM | link to this | reply

I meant “thank you”

posted by Troosha on June 27, 2007 at 1:11 PM | link to this | reply

lindo
I often wondered what the significance of the Hijab was so that you for enlightening me. Continue to be a trail blazer like your mother. Great story!

posted by Troosha on June 27, 2007 at 1:10 PM | link to this | reply

posted by riri0322 on June 27, 2007 at 11:19 AM | link to this | reply

lindo
what a lovely piece!  Many thanks for telling the story of your mother.  She sounds exceptional and you must be very proud of her.  And I, am very proud of you.  Keep your unveiled head high!

posted by Greenfields on June 27, 2007 at 2:06 AM | link to this | reply

lindo - Your mother is absolutely fascinating. I'm so enjoying all your
posts about Libya and traditions.  For something so simple, yet so complex a fight, is just extraordinary to me.  In NA, there's the old 'joke' about how far our parents had to walk to school, your Mother puts us all in our place.  Fabulous writing! 

posted by FoliageGold on June 26, 2007 at 3:52 PM | link to this | reply

Afzal

I have read the Qoran several times and the the verses that many intepret as a call of Hijab contain no clear order to cover one's self completely. They do containt an order to cover "the Pocket" which is an ambigious term. the other verses concern the wives of the prophet and there is a verse that states that it is acceptable for women after menopause to reveal their "zeena" (ornamment). Yet the most important clue for me is the verse that says that both men and women should lower their sight.Now why  would men have to do so if women are covered and why would women have to lower their sight if men can dress as they like when they can be a source of temptation too. The answer is that virtue comes from your behaviour not your dress. Furthermore, there is no indication in Koran of "awra" ( the parts that should be covered be it for men or women) we take that from Hadith and it applies to prayer primarily. I believe in hadith that says: God is beautiful and he loves beauty. Again i can assure you that i have read varied studies on the subject and i cannot say that the orthodox understanding of the faith is convincing enough for me. I believe God gave us a brain so we can understand his teachings not follow them blindingly. originally,Islam did not have clergy , it was because God did not mean for mortals to act as a liason between him and his subjects. I respect your understanding of islam but you must understand that i am not rejecting a teaching  of Allah i simply think that it was misinterpreted thus i am not bound by it.

God bless you my friend.   

posted by lindo on June 26, 2007 at 2:43 PM | link to this | reply

Hijab has some wisdom as prescribed by Allah .Hijab is protection covering
forladies when they are leaving their homes. It does not however reduce their virtues if they take to hijab ( covering) . It's O.K for someone who can be good enough to cover her appeals but it is not bad either for someone who does opt to follow the directions of Allah in letter and spirit .Allah does not force anything on anybody it's your choice what you accept and what you don't accept but you need to study the Quraan if you are a Muslim because it is your book of code of conduct . May Allah bless you with all his wisdom !

posted by afzal50 on June 26, 2007 at 5:39 AM | link to this | reply

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