The View of “Saudi Woman” on Niqab Ban

The rebellious Saudi female blogger, Saudi Woman, has applauded the ban of Niqab in France. While some of her reasoning I agree with, I still am feeling sorry for how inconsiderate she is for her Niqabi sisters.

Saudi Woman wrote that:

When I read that the ban has gone through the French parliament with an overwhelming majority, I was unexpectedly ecstatic about it. I don’t live in France and I don’t even to plan to visit anytime soon and yet it made me happy that women there don’t have a choice.

You can sense hate by just reading her happy remarks. Even if she is a Saudi woman and that she hates wearing the Niqab, she does not have the right to stand and call for the ban of Niqab even for those women who chose to wear it.

Saudi Woman depends on some statistics without proof. She wrote:

For every woman who truly chooses of her own freewill to cover her face, there are hundreds if not thousands forced and pressured to by the religious establishment, family and society.

I wonder if there is any reference to this bit of information? If I am not mistaken, every Muslima outside Saudi Arabia must know of two or three sisters who chose to wear Niqab out of their choice. I know many of those, by the way. And, does she really know if the number of Niqabi women exceeds the number of non-Niqabis? Thousand unhappy Niqabis is a huge number. Does she know them?

And what sacrifice and what for is Saudi Woman referring to when she wrote:

Who would you sacrifice, that one woman who can manage to find God in something else or those hundreds, so that one can liberally choose?

And it can be understood, in Saudi Woman’s opinion, that the typical stereotype of the Niqab being a major problem to Muslim women has made them inhuman, and you can sense the feel of disgust when she wished she could remove the Niqab from their faces:

These are the women “choosing” to cover, brainwashed into living to die. I wish I had the power to take the choice away from them.

Can choosing and being brainwashed come together? And are they choosing the Niqab to live to die? And, Saudi Woman, is simply becoming like France in fear of the spread of the Niqab, whereas France is afraid of the spread of Islam itself!

Saudi Woman wrote:

How many public Islamist women figures (do they even exist?) do you know advocate face covering?

Islamist women figures wearing the Niqab do exist in Saudi Arabia and outside. And, does Saudi Woman know that some women with promising talents who want to be anchors or want to appear on TV in some Muslim countries are not allowed just because they are Niqabis? Those women refuse to remove their Niqab and opt not to appear on TV because of this. This is plain discrimination against Niqabis. Also, Saudi Woman does not take into account the number of Niqabi women in major posts in Muslim countries, and she just depends on the fact that those women do not discuss their practice of wearing the Niqab.

Saudi Woman, still, finds Niqabi women who enjoy their vacation with their families in Europe to be oppressed, just because of the Niqab they are wearing while having a good time:

Walk down Oxford Street London in July and see how many abaya swathed women with their niqabs are accompanied by their shorts wearing clean shaven male guardians. I want to take these men and shake some sense into them.

Saudi Woman does not even think for a moment about the increased Islamophobia in Europe and in America. She does not know that Europe and America are afraid of the spread of Islam and they do not want an Islamized Europe and America. Saudi Woman wrote:

Well-meaning liberals and Human rights activists are trying to stop the French ban. They say it’s Islamaphobic and driven by the right-wing in a thinly veiled racist campaign. To them I say the old Arabic proverb خذ الحكمة من أفوه المجانين (take wisdom from the mouths of fools). If the Islam they are afraid of measures my piety by how much I hide my identity, then I share their phobia.

Maybe, Saudi Woman, does not know much about Islam and being a true Muslim. As a Muslim, we must not mock our sisters and brothers because of their beliefs, we must not judge people by how they look or by what they believe, and we must not hate others because of what they are and what they do. And more importantly, we must wish our sisters and brothers every thing good.

If Saudi Woman hate the Niqab, she can simply not wear it. It is not fair that she announces her hate of the Niqab by welcoming the move of banning it in France. It just says so much about how she feels. Instead, she could have written about those women who are forced to wear the Niqab, and not focusing her attack on those who wear it by choice.

Seriously, does she want to convince herself of something, or what?

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6 Responses to “The View of “Saudi Woman” on Niqab Ban”

  1. MRDA Says:

    http://mrda.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/hypocrisy-halal-iii-dignit-galit-identitvanit/

    • Khawla Says:

      I approved this comment to, once again, show how Islamophobes ignore those who wear the Niqab by choice and attack those women who wear it by force.

      I am against forcing our sisters to wear the Niqab. After all, why does it that a woman who chose to be modest as she wished is always under attack whereas those women who expose themselves are hailed and deemed proud? Why lowliness has become a virtue in this sin-filled time? Why women, unlike men, are considered the objects and tools for seduction and are asked to please men by being as seductive as they could? Can you explain the use of a seductive image of a Niqabi in that post?

      Also, profanity is not my style. Only a hapless lad would resort to using it.

      • MRDA Says:

        I get the impression you didn’t actually read the whole thing.

        And as for profanity? Only a priggish tool would object to its use.

        So, instead of making sloppy criticisms and pot shots, re-read the post with your eyes opened this time.

  2. Khawla Says:

    @MRDA I read it. Sorry for having a slow mind. But, are you against the ban of the Niqab? I usually open my blog after coming from work and you can imagine how tired I usually am!

    Sorry if I misunderstood you.

  3. MRDA Says:

    Some of my views on Islam won’t be to your taste, but I’m very much against the Burqa ban.

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