Burqa and Pakistani Women

A medieval custom in modern day Pakistan

Burqa

As if it is not enough that the Pakistani women, especially those living in the rural areas, have no fundamental rights, on top of it they are shrouded in burqa, in the name of observing purdah. Islam is very clear on the concept of purdah but making the Muslim women wear burqa is perhaps going too far.

Purdah is a good custom and it won’t be incorrect to suggest, the hallmark of a Muslim female but donning burqa is in no sense the correct interpretation of the Islamic “Fiqh” (Islamic jurisprudence). The basic concept behind observing purdah is to keep Muslim women safe from the evil-eye of the sexual predators. The head to toe covering burqa to some Muslims ensures this but the educated minority knows well that it does not. If safeguarding the honor, which in most Muslim societies, is equated with chastity and virginity was as simple , then no cases of rape or sexual harassment should take place. Sorry to say, rapes and even gang rapes do take place in regions where women strictly observe purdah and wear burqa. Why? Because burqa the wearing of it or not does not ensure against sexual harassment and rape . What does though is the mind-set. So Pakistani men instead of enforcing the burqa dress code should emphasize a drastic change in the way they view women.

It is a paradox that the same woman who is objectified by most Pakistani men as a sex object is also the mother who is responsible for their existence; a caring sister, who is their childhood playmate and a loving wife or a soul mate for their entire life. It is a shame that the Pakistani men forget all these relations and just view women as play-things.

A careful reading of the Islamic history proves that observance of purdah has been an integral part of the Islamic tradition and custom. The observance of purdah and not the wearing of burqa has been a part of the Islamic history. Why do the Muslim men forget that while performing Hajj, men and women pray to Allah and perform all the religious rituals together. Not once has there been a reported case of rape or sexual harassment during Hajj. If we are equal in the eyes of Allah why then in ordinary life this precept is not adhered to by Muslim men. It is a question that needs to be answered otherwise this persecution of women in the name of Islam will continue unabated.

It is really incomprehensible that Pakistani men educated in the west like to have westernized girlfriends even if they are Muslim but back home they want wives that are virgins; pray five times a day and observe purdah. Hypocrisy at it best.

It is high time that the Pakistani men in particular and the rest of the Muslim men in general, change their narrow sighted mindset. It is necessary for the good of the society as women are the progenitors of the future generations. They must be given their rightful place in the social hierarchy otherwise this baseless tradition of suffocating Pakistani women in shroud like burqa will continue to the detriment of the whole social set-up.

By Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada

UPI

The Express Tribune

Gatestone Institute

6 Responses to "Burqa and Pakistani Women"

  1. Emmanuel Love   March 12, 2019 at 9:03 pm

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    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. It’s amazing that the Bible foretold a cashless society!

    Did you also hear that the Jewish people are in the process of bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible by the prophet Daniel, Jesus, and Apostle Paul? They deny Jesus as their Messiah and say their Messiah will be revealed to rule the whole world under a one world religion. They are not even hiding this information, but are actually promoting it. You can view videos about this on YouTube.

    When Donald Trump made Jerusalem captial of Israel in late December 2017, the Jewish people said this was a big step for them to build this Third Temple. They even printed a Temple coin with president Trump’s face on the front with king Cyrus'(the man who built the Second Temple in the Bible) face behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the Third Temple. They are selling these coins to raise money to build the Temple.

    People have been saying for many years that the end is near, but we needed not only the Third Temple, but also the technology for there to be a cashless society for the Mark of the Beast to be a reality.

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  2. Emmanuel Love   March 11, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Hey, how’s it going?

    Did you hear that the powers that run this world want to put a RFID microchip in our body? It will contain not only our bank accounts but our personal information, making us total slaves to the elite. This will cause us to lose even more of our privacy.

    Did you know that this RFID microchip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18?

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. It’s amazing that the Bible foretold a cashless society!

    Did you also hear that the Jewish people are in the process of bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible by the prophet Daniel, Jesus, and Apostle Paul? They deny Jesus as their Messiah and say their Messiah will be revealed to rule the whole world under a one world religion. They are not even hiding this information, but are actually promoting it. You can view videos about this on YouTube.

    When Donald Trump made Jerusalem captial of Israel in late December 2017, the Jewish people said this was a big step for them to build this Third Temple. They even printed a Temple coin with president Trump’s face on the front with king Cyrus'(the man who built the Second Temple in the Bible) face behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the Third Temple. They are selling these coins to raise money to build the Temple.

    People have been saying for many years that the end is near, but we needed not only the Third Temple, but also the technology for there to be a cashless society for the Mark of the Beast to be a reality.

    There is much more to know, please visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see all the proof!

    GOD BLESS, JESUS LOVES YOU!

    Reply
  3. Hamza   September 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Any Dress Which gives women a semi-Human Status ; Promotes Cruelty must not be Allowed
    Thanks For sharing good Information

    Reply
  4. cpsoper   March 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

    There is good evidence from the Old Testament (Gen 38) that the pre-Islamic history of the niqab was as a hypersexualising garment, not an instrument of modesty at all.

    Reply
  5. Ann Hauser   December 15, 2013 at 5:44 am

    No, we’re not ignoring it at all. What amazes me is saying that purdah is acceptable! To a western feminist both are equally evil. Any custom that makes a distinction between men and women needs to go.

    Reply
  6. stefanthedenier   December 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    making their mothers, sisters, daughters to wear those black burqas in the subtropics, is cruelty that in civilized world wouldn’t be allowed to impose to a dog.

    western feminist are skilfully turning blind eyes to those things

    Reply

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