Behind the Veil

The next time you see a veiled woman on the street don’t pity her for her choice but admire her for her courage, devotion, and strong beliefs.

von Sherin Faris

I wonder who she is. Why is that girl wearing that veil on her head? What would make her do it? Make her mmmmmm? It must be her father or husband or family forcing her to put it on.

If you’re thinking in those terms then you’ve got it all wrong. It may be weird to some to see women covering their heads in the 21st century yet many women do especially Muslim women, does this mean they are irrational, extreme, backward women seeking to destroy the fabric of our society and everything we hold dear to our hearts?

Maybe or maybe it isn’t weird at all? Didn’t the lady mother of Jesus wear a veil? Don’t Nuns wear veils? It is a sign of chastity, modesty, and privacy which removes women from the circle of being objects of sexualization. It is also a statement saying mass media and consumerism will not tell women what’s right and wrong to wear, say, buy and look like. It is a strong statement that any woman can make by saying: love and respect me for who I am not what I look like. Women may be hot, sexy, and beautiful but that is private.

We all have the freedom of choice in this great country freedom to show off our bodies and freedom to cover it. It is the personal choice of each person to do what she sees fit. It is a part of the Muslim woman’s faith; it is not oppression but obedience and devotion to god. The Quran instructs women and men alike to dress modestly. It is a symbol for the entire world to see which refers to freedom, love, and strength. Don’t be brainwashed by the mumble jumble in the media which says Islam and women equal oppression. That’s just not true. It is easy to criticize the unfamiliar to yourself but hard to admire what you don’t completely understand. The next time you see a veiled woman on the street don’t pity her for her choice but admire her for her courage, devotion, and strong beliefs.