Every country has its own identification. Pursue the historical books of various times and ages and you will find a modest covering of women in almost every society. Modesty is, of course, a component in several world religions. In Arabian countries, what is most common is the acceptance of body wrapping (covering) by Muslim women of these independent states in today’s environment of scientific innovations. Females have not discarded their traditional garb. The discrepancy in strict compliance with this dress code is persisting despite every care, as the Indian people staying in those rich nations or emirates explain.
Faithfully, the body covering represents a woman’s submission to her Creator and her connection with the faith. “Tell the believing women to reduce some of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their beautification that which necessarily appears thereof and to wrap a portion of their headcovers, over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands ...”
A woman who wears hijab unfetters herself from futile and self-centred desire to show off her beauty and to compete with other women around her. This is a natural desire which is aggravated by a meaningless display and tamed by modesty and covering.
Describing this regularity with all the straightforwardness, Mohd Irfan, a businessman, pointed out that the way women covered themselves in Sharjah was not usually seen in Dubai with the same spirit. Sharjah and Dubai both are part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Despite this very fact, there is visible difference in two states which surprises the Indians living there.
But at the same time, it is these very residents feeling no compunction in telling strict adherence of the veil in Saudi Arabia where women could not move without complete coverage. That’s why their wardrobe contain as many veils as Indian women possess varied dresses. Pointing at this very actuality in Saudi Arabia, it is also revealed that not only Muslim women follow wearingveil from top to toe but even non-Muslim women have to follow the rules and wear veil while moving in the souk.
How strict is the system there? But somewhere in that region, such kind of strictness is not tagged along. Law is just the same for every people living there. However odd it may appear to them they have to adopt this course. Arabian countries have their values and traditions which are still adhered to in strict terms of the societal customary regular apparel.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Indian women are leaving no stones unturned in observance of wearing veils by their conventional habits. One housewife recalled how she requested her husband to bring Arabian veils or abayas for her. And she was proudly and confidently adorning the outfit in her own wonderful country. Muslim women in India have been wearing veils with as much fondness as is found among the Iranian, the Afghani or the Saudia ladies.
Though there was a time when Muslim women preferred to discard the veil under influence of the western mores. They found the covering a burdensome practice. The attitude and the trend are changing now. Even the Indian educated women are coming forward in wearing the veil which is in fact no longer as viler as it used to be earlier.
Is it because of fashion or principles?