Originally Posted by kama'aina mama
One person posted that someone told her that someone else said the husbands have the key. Can we please not treat that as bedrock fact unless we get better information?
And to the original poster who said that they tried to sheild their child from this "mask". What would you do in case you encountered a person with a "facial deformity"? I think it is better to try to explain to a child then to try to hide things that they will eventually encounter.
You mentioned that your child wouldn't understand if you explained God. Well, why not try saying that this is a part of the persons dress when they are around other people. It might look scary to other people, but the person wearing it doesn't find it scary.
I don't really get annoyed when people question the Muslim womens dress. What I do get annoyed about is when people question in an belligerent way. The other day my husband wore a red shirt and a therapist said, "I thought Muslims had to dress modestly". Apparently her sister is Muslim. What reaaly came out in the conversation was, if uslim women have to dress a certain way, why don't the men?
Allah has prescribed certain roles for men and women, because the two sexes are not alike.
A woman could walk past a man wearing a shirt and jeans and not think twice about him. While a man could walk past a woman and think she's hot or even give her a second look.
In Islam the woman has certain parts of her body(Her Aura) that must be covered, but so does a man(His Aura). For instance, a Muslim man can't go to the beach wearing speedos.
As someone mentioned before, some women wear niqab because they believe it's mandatory, some wear it because they want to because they think it's beautiful,modest, they believe it's a form of worship. Personally, when I first started to see it I thought it was a little scary. Now I think it's beautiful and If I lived in a country where it was more prevelant and acceptable I'd wear it too.
In the end Islam is more than just the dress.