HIJAB AND HIGH HEELS

HIJAB AND HIGH HEELS

By Madi Lussier
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

In the western world, covered women are not something out of the ordinary anymore.  One can see them everywhere, sometimes in the least expected places such as cosmetics departments, looking for hair dye, make up or simply in a women’s garments department, admiring some very sexy lingerie.
One can see them on the beach, at festivals, you name it, perhaps on a mission given by their imam.
I might say that these covered women want to prove us, maybe a bit too hard, that they feel integrated in this society. Plus, I might deduce that our world pleases them much more than their world. Here, covered or not, a woman can walk hand in hand with her partner, a serious misconduct punishable in an Islamic country, governed by Sharia. They can sit at the same table at a restaurant and enjoy their meal together, as a civilized couple.
The debate over the wearing of the hijab, nikab or burka in our world has not ended and it is not likely to end too soon.
Opinions are divided between those who defend the Islamic clothes, considering that they do not interfere with the values of a secular society and those who are against these garments as they are perceived as segregationist and insulting to western women and their history of fight for equal rights, respect and freedoms.
Those who wear a hijab in Canada also defend the headdress as they declare that wearing it is their free decision.

More emancipated Muslim women, especially Iranian, cannot conceive wearing any of these garments, as they are considered reminders of a constrictive society they had willingly left behind the day they decided to emigrate.
As the debate goes on, so do we and I would like to bring your attention to the wearing of high heels by more and more Muslim women who also wear a hijab. High heels tend to replace the traditional, flat, man-looking slippers.
High heels and hijab? It is, indeed, contradictory. As Muslim scholars say that the true Muslim woman is modest in clothing as she is in all other respects, trying to be as invisible as possible (by the way, how is this goal reached in our world where covered women are anything but “invisible’, as they do not blend in the context the same way they do in a Muslim country?).
Make up, sometimes ridiculously heavy, high heels, tight jeans… What is next? Perhaps, hijabbed women… smoking? Modesty and invisibility with heavy loads of mascara and high heels is a VERY difficult to achieve goal.
As they defend the hijab as a fundamental element of their spirituality, I am thinking that they should also respect the rest of the requirements of their religion, thus, they shouldn’t hold hands with their partners in public.
As I see it, those who wear the hijab in Western societies want to make a statement of provocation and not one of conviction.
You want to wear the hijab? Very well, then respect the rest of the interdictions.
So, you who cover your  hair, but expose the rest of your shapes, don’t you dare consider yourself more virtuous than western women.
Don’t you dare talk about modesty and don’t you or your husband dare criticize western women.
If you wear a hijab, high heels and makeup, stop talking about “Muslim modesty”.

In our world, even less honourable women assume what they do and never try to hide what they are.

They deserve more respect than a hypocrite hijab on high heels.

 

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