Thanks for the above.
Im glad that you are able to appreciate some of the challenges that muslim women, wearing the hijab/ niqab encounter.
I was just wondering about the following segment of your post -
If Christianity has prescribed a certain manner of dress for women, as exemplified by nuns, then why is it only worn by a minority, and at the rest of times - "done in fun"?
From an islamic perspective, a muslim is one who is living in complete submission to the will of Allah.
While we may appreciate that we are human, and that we are prone to fall short in this regard.....the spirit of a muslim should be such that he/she is always striving to become a better
muslim, and to have a desire to be of Allah's most
^ This can only occur if we sincerely make an effort to follow the commands of our Creator and the practices of His final prophet, Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wasalam) - in all regards, at all times, and to the best of our abilities.
I feel that it is a sad occurrence, when the commands of Allah - The Most Supreme being, who created us out of naught, and who sustains us each and every day, and who showers countless blessings upon us......are taken lightly, or even worse, for a mockery.
Unfortunately, even within Islam, there are muslims who chose to follow only certain parts of the deen, as they may desire.
Again, we are all human - and we evolve in our steadfastness and faith (hopefully, getting stronger, not weaker) - and each person has the right to practice the religion, in the manner that he/ she sees best....
However, I truly find it disheartening when the actual commands of our Creator are belittled (by its very followers), and those who are striving to observe them, made to feel if there is something wrong with them.
Surely, the only reason for this to occur, is when we forget, or else fail to recognize the Majesty and Greatness
of our Lord and Creator, to whom we will all be returning to.
There is nothing greater than Him.
And there is nothing greater than His commands upon us.
(I realize that the boundaries that encompass Christianity are much wider than Islam....however, with much similarities between us.
Just thought I would share a personal perspective through the eyes of a muslimah.....)