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She walks in Beauty- Kiran Salim (QI-2015)

She walks in beauty, like the night,

                                                Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

This Poem by Lord Byron has been my favorite since college days. He wrote this about his cousin, who was mourning the death of her husband, clad in all black and still looking beautiful. Being young and studying English Literature, it was almost natural to fall in love with such nicely crafted words and beautiful imagery.

With my inclination towards Deen, the perspectives changed and lead to my association of this poem with the long, flowy, graceful Islamic outer covering.

As a student of Literature the whole idea of gowns, drapes and cloaks etc of the early times fascinates me. The flowing texture of their robes, the chastity, the mystery; all having a grace of their own. The dress code of Byzantine, Romanesque and early gothic period is so much similar to the Islamic dress code and the idea behind it is also much similar: Modesty! Hence my imagination started to take effect. Knowing or unknowingly I started taking any woman with this dress code to be a princess in disguise, her royal cloak(the Islamic attire) preventing her from getting noticed and she quietly goes on fulfilling the mission:“The shaping of the forth coming generations.” Every princess with her role defined; sometimes as a mother, sometimes a daughter, sometimes a doctor or a teacher etc, goes on to make difference in society in her own quite ways. Every princess has her very own distinct set of qualities which she uses with precision and detail to work on her area of influence. We are from all parts of the world- India, China, America or elsewhere, what unite us is our mission and with respect to that, our dress code. Passing by, we share knowing smiles and our little acts of kindness for everyone. We may sometimes receive negative glances or nasty remarks on the simplicity of the outlook but we smile and go on- Life seems beautiful and everything works wonderfully.

My imagination was working fine and keeping me happy when one day the men of my family went for swimming in our apartments’ swimming pool. On their return, being careful not to hurt my feelings, they hesitantly reported that some of the women had jumped in the pool with their abayas on, which ballooned up on the water surface, showing off their shalwars from underneath. Not only was it not nice to look at, people around did not know how to act in such a ‘wild’ situation.  My first reaction was “Why could not they go two hours later when the ladies timing start?! “But instantly the voice of reason rationalized “Don’t let the negativity take over! May be they don’t know!

Their actions clearly spoke of ignorance which immediately brought into perspective our own mistake: our job of reformation is not being done with as perfection as it should be. The message must not have reached them about the sacred identity this attire holds.It made me realize that the requirement today is to spread awareness of the due respect of the apparel defined to us by the Divine Scripture. It was not given to hold back the women from having fun ; it was given to them to protect them from any unwanted attention.

O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.(Surah Ahzaab:59)

The purpose of the outer covering is to draw the attention away from the woman, but sometimes unconsciously we tend to do the otherwise, either with our mannerisms, or the adornments of our heard coveings or makeup. We have to understand that simplicity has its own Noor and standing. We have to let the intelligence and the wisdom do the talking! We should always remember that we carry a code, it is a huge responsibility and a great honor to wear it, the issue comes up when we don’t treat it as it should be treated. A simple poem talks of how a woman should conduct herself; she walks in beauty, like the night (quite, dark and unnoticed), Of cloudless climes and starry skies;(the sparkles of intellect)

But at the same time another issue that I would like to bring attention to is; when a girl starts studying Deen andthe beauty of Deen envelops her, a quite change starts in her, she hesitantly sometimes covers herself, but sometimes out of pressure she does not; going back and forth with the recently found glimmer of Imaan; sitting in a taxi with a non mehram seems unbearable, yet at the same time she does not have the strength to take up fights with family on her new found belief. What should she do? Should she not practice the little goodness and increase her iman in the hope that one day InshaAllah she will take the big step; or should she not even try for the fear of being called a hypocrite? We as a society should be able to give benefit of the doubt to other people, we should be broad minded enough to give people chances. The order of covering for women  came in stages. Allah(swt) understands that it takes time to reform, it takes time for a bud to bloom and blossom. Things don’t happen overnight, and if they do, its unnatural and does not sustain. Let’s take one step at a time but with the promise of never to go back again, and the promise of helping those who are weak rather than criticizing them for being “confused”.

A quote I’d like to end with: When asked about her Hijab by Journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, Tawakul Kamran (Noble Laurette from Yemen) replied:

“Man in the early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to ancient times.”

May Allah give us the hikmah and the grace to carry out His order as He wants us to. Ameen

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