Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rage Against the Niqab (and other ramblings).



My caption: Hell hath no fury like a niqabi who is told she can't choose to wear her niqab.

All this anti-niqab sentiment... I don't like it. Yes, I can see where some folks might have cause for concern -- but that's where we step in and lovingly educate them. Yes, I am against "forced Niqab" because it totally contradicts what hijab/niqab means to me -- namely, freedom. Having the choice is what makes it so beautiful.

However...given my online persona as a non-Muslim niqabi, I am totally an advocate of wearing what makes you comfortable. For some folks (like most of us), niqab and/or hijab is a level of coverage that is comfortable, in both a physical and spiritual way. My hijab/niqab are things that allow me to place more emphasis on what should be emphasized -- God and my relationship with Him.

If anything, I could use a break from the cheap, clingy fabrics and -- to me -- dubious level of "essentials coverage" that seem to dominate Western clothes. Especially those meant for women my age. But, that's why I like Avenue. It's a plus-size store for women. I got this in two colors:



I pair it with jeans, sandals, and my favorite pink scarf. : ) It's utter cuteness.



Found this little hijabi photo somewhere online. Total props to the artist. Isn't she adorable? The world needs more manga hijabis. ^_^

7 comments:

  1. Hello, Are you really a non-muslim Niqabi? Thats so Fascinating! Masha'Allah!

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  2. I have manga hijabis.... RTV moved to respecttheveil.blogspot.com :)

    She is cute. I love the comic book pic...she is the Marvel Universe?

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  3. how phenomenal

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  4. Sara: Well...I was. It varies for me now, and in the past due to job restrictions.

    LK: I've seen your manga hijabis. They're adorable! Yes, this character is Dust, from the X-Men Academy comics. She's an Afghani refugee. The character is rife with errors (her hijab/niqab/abaya is called a burqa and drawn like a ninja outfit, etc), but she's a positive and interesting one. This is make more impressive by the fact that the character first appeared in the comics within 3 or 4 months of the WTC attacks -- but she wasn't cast as some sort of terrorist. Not perfect, but a definite improvement. : )

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  5. I'm so glad that I am not the only non-Muslim fascinated by nigab/hijab

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  6. Hi, my name is Aneesa Malik and I am a third year journalism student. I was wandering if I could email you a few questions about user generated content and blogging and get your response on the issue for my dissertation?

    Do you feel you are on the same level or equivalent to a journalist?
    What made you start this blog?
    If you were paid, would you put more effort into your blog?
    Does having limited resources stem you from doing certain things on the blog?

    I would really appreciate it if you could get back to me as soon as possible, I know you must be busy! Hope to hear from you soon.

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  7. Hello Heather, great blog. My name is Brad and I am actually working on a research project involving the hijab and the niqab. If you wouldn't mind answering a few questions, please email me at bfaye_31@yahoo.com. I'm just looking for some sources whom I can trust. Thank you.

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