Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmathullah wa barakatuhu
Astaghfirullah I am so sorry I have not been writing blogs for so long. It is my fault down partly to lazyness but also my father has been quite seriously ill and life has been very difficult for some time while he has been in hospital. Alhamdulillah he is a lot better now and is home again although he must go easy for some time. He is not a young man (in his 80s) but his brain is a clear and as agile as it ever was. Now he is slowly getting stronger and the doctors are hopeful that he will make a full recovery insha’Allah.
One of the reasons I am writing this afternoon is because after Jummah prayers at the masjid, I was talking to a friend who is a far more active person on the Net than I am. She told me that she had found a very interesting blog writing by a “Non-Muslim Niqaabi”. I must admit that the idea made me smile and wonder why on earth a woman who was not a Muslim would want to become a niqaabi. I am a niqaabi because, when I was a lot younger and wanted to follow my elder sisters in how they covered themselves, I read and studied all the daleels on the subject and was only permitted to wear niqaab when I had convinced my parents that I really thought it was fard or, at the least, mustahab. And also I wanted to veil because I desired to please Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
In consequence finding someone who was not a Muslimah and had none of the reason that had made me adopt this form of covering came as a shock. Okay, so some Hindu women and also Greek ladies over 2000 years ago used to conceal their faces. But they did it for social reasons rather than religious ones. So finding a young woman from Texas doing the same had me puzzled.
I won’t go into her reasons as anyone reading this blog can go across to Heather’s own blog and read her reasons set down in her own words. But what her writings have done is to make me wonder if there are other girls and women in non-Muslim lands who find wearing niqaabi to be something they really wish to do. It will be interesting also to see how Heather gets on in future. Hers is one blog I will be reading in future with much interest.
Walaikum salaam, Aliyah.