Burqa to no Burqa
Mike Ghouse, July 4, 2007
When the President of the United States abuses the authority given to him and
violates the constitution and trust of the people (low approval ratings), when
the Pope abuses his authority and utters words that create gratuitous chaos,
when the Mufti of Saudi Arabia abuses his authority in pre-empting God's
authority and issues a fatwa declaring another Muslim as a non-Muslim, and when
people in power abuse their authority; the people in power over their family
also abuse the imposition of Burqa as an instrument of control. However, not all
the Presidents, not all the Pope's, not all the Clerics and not all the people
abuse the privileges, some do and I estimate that to be no more than 1/10th of
1% when it comes to the general public.
A majority of Muslim women wear the Burqa out of their own volition, however
there are a few men out there who compel them to wear, and it is certainly an
oppressive situation. When you take a principled stand, women are indeed
oppressed by all societies, The insecure men; whether it is a Bubba, Mullah or a
Prince, be it in China, United States, India, Brazil or Saudi Arabia, they all
behave the same, take it out on their women. Idiots do not have the guts to
fight some one equally strong or independent; but they always prey on the weak
or the dependent. They are the one's that need education and not the Burqa
elimination. Once we learn about the essence of Burqa, we may find ourselves to
become pro-choicers, i.e., respecting the right of choice of the woman and not
dictate what she does and does not wear, just as we are divided on Roe V. Wade.
Burqa is used from the Shuttle-Cock format in Afghanistan to the Hijab format (a
bare scarf in the United States, Canada, India, Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan and
some other nations. The Original Islamic idea was for a woman to be modest in
public places, hold on from jumping to conclusions, it is not only women, it is
men as well. Men in most Muslim societies do not wear shorts, they wear full
length pants, they do not go bare chested even in their homes. That is range of
modesty in practice. For an average American to understand this concept of
modesty, all they have to do is compare the society of a higher threshold where,
some families walk around the house with barely any clothes on, but most
American families have modesty, what they wear in front of their children,
especially of the opposite gender, when their sister, daughters or cousins are
around is not the same.
If some woman wants to drop the Hijab, she can, but she has to feel comfortable
with it. It would be hypocritical of us to impose our values onto others, let
alone our own relatives.
We have an obligation to maintain a balance in the society and it is our duty to
keep law and order and faithfully guard the safety of every citizen. If we can
learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each individual, then
conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
Prejudice against any one is one of the many sources of disrupting the peace in
a society and it is our duty to track down the source of such hate and work on
mitigating it. if we let hate mongers, hate sermons and hate lectures creep in
our societies, we lose that desired balance in the society.
First, we have to believe that the societal balance begins with each one of us;
we see goodness around if we upload good values in ourselves. It is in our
interest to treat the world as one nation under God, one family and one people
with liberty and justice for all. We are on the bus.
Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker, Writer and a Moderator. He is
president of the Foundation for Pluralism and is a frequent guest on talk radio,
discussing interfaith, political and civic issues. He founded the World Muslim
Congress with a simple theme: "good for Muslims and good for the world." His
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