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My Veil is My Identity:

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When I was five year old, I started putting a small cloth on my head with lots of joy and honor. Still I am wearing it since fifteen years without any reason. Frankly, I have never thought about its value, and also I have never questioned from myself that why do I wear it? I don’t know whiter it is because of being a Muslim girl by my faith, or being a woman by nature. In fact, I only know that it is not only because of my Islam religion or being a Muslim woman, but for my wisdom of being a woman, and I find peace in it.

Honestly, whenever, I put it on my head I feel a deep connection with it. I feel so release and peaceful in this small cloth which is called Hijab. It makes me to feel very safe and to have a strong control on life. It is a very important part of my soul. It always helps me just like my hands, legs, eyes, nose, and other part of my body.

Whenever I am sad, and I cry, it helps me to remove my tears from my eyes and face by giving me its small corner. It assists my eyes, nose, and face when the weather becomes so dusty by covering them with its right and small angle. Also, it secures my head and hair from wind; both in cold and hot weather, snow, dust, and from the strong sunny days.

Moreover, it is my dignity; I am wearing it for preserving my self-esteem, for pursuing my life in a way of secure and self respect. Most of people also some Muslim women think that the women who wear Hijab are in terrible situation. However, they aren’t; instead, they feel very nice and have wonderful feelings about wearing their Hijab. Truly, these feelings are not limited only for the women, who wear Hijab, but also for the other women around the world. They also can wear and feel the feelings as they do.

Frankly, I think that in our present life, if we see very clearly both men and women have same styles. They have same clothing style, same manner style, same hair cut style, and same passions; in reality, it is good that they have same styles, but not very good or wonderful from a divine perception. Instead, we have to distinguish from them because we are women, and we can be more than the men only by accepting of being different from them and by wearing of veil.

Think about a day that all women around the world wear Hijab and look similar to each other, no matter whether she is Christian, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Baha’i, or other faith. On that time, we will see that we, women, are the same; as a result, we will protect the world instead of the men.
You feel, I feel, and other women of the earth do feel that we can be called only women one day, not Muslim women, Christian women, Hinduism women, or etc, but we really don’t know how, and it just needs an act!
We need an action which will save the women’s dignity who wear Hijab, it just wants from all the women around the earth that only one day, if they could wear Hijab and show their unity not to represent Islam but being women by nature. Certainly, we can do it; we can save our being as a powerful creature of the earth. Only by saving the people’s life who believe that their Hijab is everything for them, we will get our power and our real position among our societies.
Do you think in the future, will we preserve our dignity and self respects as women on the face of the earth when in the present half of us, women, around the world are neglected for wearing Hijab?

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Carri Pence's picture

Though I have never worn the

Though I have never worn the Hijab it is beautiful to see you through your writing having such a great connection with it. It is a symbol of your culture and you illustrate why you wear it in such an innocent and positive perspective. I look forward to hear more from you and read more from your writing. Thanks so much for giving us this outlook of the Hijab.

With hope and friendship,
Carri Pence

parwana fayyaz's picture

It is my Peace!!

Dear Carri,
Honestly, it is not just a small cloth for putting on my hair for covering my head, but it is also a spiritual and divine protection of my wisdom. It helps me to think about everyone good and obey the Moral Law of nature. It means that it gives me the faith of having my own peace besides preserving others peace. That is all the delightful inspirations that I have found in it. Ok, now I am suggesting from you that just for once put it on your head, and then write for me!! I am waiting.
Thanks
Parwana Fayyaz

Carri Pence's picture

It is a truly beautiful and

It is a truly beautiful and powerful relationship you share with your Hijab, and I am so sorry if I sounded insensitive at all in my last comment. I was actually thinking of you when I read an article yesterday about how they are making the Hijab into main stream fashion. Here is the link that shows the Hijab being placed into the world of fashion. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/09/09/muslim.headscarf.belgium/.... Maybe with the Hijab being seen on the runways women will want to where it no matter what part of the world she is from.

In peace and love,
Carri Pence

parwana fayyaz's picture

It is good!!!

Dear Carri,
Life is wonderful from our own eyes, that is how I do believe. And, don’t be sorry what you saw, thought, and felt about my written piece. I like the way you put comment for me. I really encourage it, Thanks dear Carri.

We don’t care if it will become fashion, or if some people want to just dismiss it from our world. Frankly, it will be beautiful for us, women, if we have it in our fashion section. Looks great!!! in my opinion.
Thanks
Parwana Fayyaz

MichelleB's picture

Thanks

Thank you for your views on your hijab. Although I am not Muslim I'm always interested in hearing about Muslim women and their hijabs.

Michelle

Dear Michelle,
Frankly, you are a very optimistic woman, and I do respect you. You love people they way they are. Hope to hear from you soon. I just wanna tell to world that we are not in terrible situation by wearing of Hijab.
Thanks
Parwana

noreens's picture

important

I think what you have written is very important since there is so much discussion and misunderstanding about the hijab. Women in other major religions cover their heads so I do not understand why all the fuss about the hijab. I am a Muslim but I do not wear it except when I go to a mosque (and it does feel good!). Most of my friend do, and they tell me that they feel much better and are more at peace inside since they started wearing it. What I understand from my friends is that they no longer feel as if they are being looked at by men as objects. By dressing conservatively, they feel more confident especially when they are around men. Men listen to their words and respect them more instead of looking where they shouldn't be looking when they are talking. Contrary to what many non-Muslims think, it is a form of empowerment. I find it to be very feminine!

Have a happy Eid!!

Noreen

parwana fayyaz's picture

Happy Eid Mobarak!!!

Dearest Noreen,
Think about it, why do you feel good whenever you wear Hijab at mosque? So, this is life we have to seize it and live it, why not by having good feeling in it.

Also, think about that whenever, people go to any spiritual place for worship and praying such as in mosques and temples, they wear it because they feel that there is something very holy hidden in Hijab but they don’t know why is this feeling come from wearing of a cloth on our head?

I presume that you have guessed excellent about your friends who are wearing Hijab, and gaining of confident especially when “they are men around of us”.

Believe me that I have had such as experiences a lot in my life that people around me give me respect and honor for my Hijab. In airports, bus stations, train stations, and anywhere I go, I can find easily my esteem from people around, it doesn’t matter who are around me from which faith are they belong. It is just the power of my Hijab.
Thanks
Parwana

Hello Parwana.

First Happy Eid Mobarak. I hope you will have a joyous celebration.
i would like to introduce myself. I am a Lancaster U.K. artist. I have created two Photographic Exhibitions which portray a very positive image of Muslims. One is called Sweet Dreams which was my response to verbal/physical attacks on women who wear the niqab at the height of the Veils Row in the U.K. in 2006. What women wear - especially Muslim women is unfortunately a hot topic with e.g. the banning in France. It is nice to read your positive and very down to earth explanation about why you love wearing the Hijab. My Exhibition does not argue for or against wearing the niqab but hopefully breaks through the stereotype of oppression etc which your posting does also.

If you wish you can read more about my Exhibitions at www.christinedawsonart.co.uk

Kindest Regards
Christine

parwana fayyaz's picture

Great Job!!!!

Dear Christine,
I also wish you a successful and peaceful life beside your incredible art. It is impressive to have a woman like you beside us. It shows our unity and love for each other. As it says, “Women united never divided”. I feel it today.
You feel, I feel, and other women of the earth do feel that we can be called only women one day, not Muslim women, Christian women, Hinduism women, or etc, but we really don’t know how, and it just needs an act!
We need an action which will save the women’s dignity who wear Hijab, it just wants from all the women around the earth that only one day, if they could wear Hijab and show their unity. Certainly, we can do it; we can save our being as a powerful creature of the earth. Only by saving the people’s life who believe that their Hijab is everything for them, we will get our power and our real position among our societies.

Thanks
Parwana Fayyaz

Christine Dawson's picture

Thanks

Dear Parwana

Such lovely words and sentiments.
Women unite in love.

love Christine

parwana fayyaz's picture

Thanks!!

Dear Christine,
You are welcome.
Bests
Parwana

Maureen_Agena's picture

I love the conclusion

I love the conclusion of this wonderfully written piece of work!!

"Think about a day that all women around the world wear Hijab and look similar to each other, no matter whether she is Christian, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Baha’i, or other faith"

I wish this idea of the Hijab was replicated in other causes like education and health for all. The world would be one beautiful place to live.

Great peace of work.

Warm regards
Maureen

parwana fayyaz's picture

Our Oneness!!!!

Dear Maureen,
Frankly, Hijab can be the most plausible cause of having a world of peace and beauties. So, there is no doubt that we, women, can do it. The world will be the place of love, if we have the spiritual divine of oneness among each other. To be very honest, if like you, women, help us to preserve our Hijab.
Thanks
Parwana Fayyaz

noreens's picture

to Christine

Christine,

I took a look at your website. Great photography! Thank you for portraying Muslim women in a positive light!

Noreen

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Christine,

Dear Christine,
dear Noreen is correct, you did wonderful job, Keep it up.
Thanks
Parwana Fayyaz

Christine Dawson's picture

Thank you again

This time to Noreen and again to you Parwana. I forgot to say that I was Artist in Residence at Lancaster University (U.K) Chaplaincy Centre. We had wonderful links with the Mosque and two of the Christian women students chose to wear the hijab for an extended period.

love Christine

parwana fayyaz's picture

I am happy!

Dear Christine,
I am pleased that only a piece of writing made us to be introduced, isn't it wonderful?
I really love to hear from your activities more and more. It is nice to hear about your prospective on Hijab.
Thanks
Parwana

noreens's picture

Christine and Parwana

That's interesting. I wonder how they felt with it on? Did they ever feel that they were discriminated against or mistrusted? It's amazing to me how much fear (is that the right word?) and controversy a scarf on the head can cause. Not sure if you saw this in the stories on Pulsewire, but I posted an article that I wrote in my journal - it's about Ramadan in Jerusalem. In the introduction in my journal, I wrote my own feelings about the misunderstandings and misinformation about Islam.

If you'd like to read it............ http://www.gulf-times.com/mritems/streams/2010/9/7/2_384556_1_255.pdf

I'm adding both of you to my friends list.......hope it's ok

Noreen

parwana fayyaz's picture

thanks!

Dear Noreen,
Every change in life has its good and bad reaction toward people around us. We are human beings and it is normal in our life.
I will read your journal, and I will write for you. Thanks for sharing with us.
Bests
Parwana

parwana fayyaz's picture

Oh thanks once again

Thanks for adding me as you friend, I am pleased to be your friend:
love parwana

Christine Dawson's picture

Your link

Thanks Noreen - I have now gladly accepted your friendship request.
One of the women indicated to me that she felt very visible and rather fearful when in the city. In the campus community where she was well known less so. The unknown or perceived "difference" appears to set up this fearful dynamic.
Unfortunately I was unable to read your article as the link did not work for me.

Best Christine

jw4cd's picture

with gratitude

Thank you for sharing your feelings about the hijab, your words bring tears of joy to my eyes. Your feelings exemplify the true spirit behind the hijab and the honor it is to wear the garment.

I must admit, I was surprised by your suggestion that all women unite in spirit by wearing a hijab: this thought never would have crossed my western mind and your point is truly valid. What a wonderful expression of unity it would be for all women to don a hijab!

I am proud to be a woman in the world with you!

All My Relations,

Jodi

parwana fayyaz's picture

I am proud to have you :)

Dear Jodi,
Thanks for giving the divine encouragement; I am happy that you really liked it. I hope that every woman around the world feels it and has the same ideas like you .

Wearing Hijab only for a day by all women around the world will increase our power, we want to record this day in our history that we did so for dignity of our women who are thinking that their Hijab is everything for them.

So, let’s do it, but how can we start. Let’s have a day of women’s united that we will change both the politics and religions thoughts about discriminating women’s for wearing of Hijab around the world.
We, women, need lots of women like you
Thanks
Bests and love
Parwana,
we are one  we shell overcome, we believe it

LindaB's picture

Beautiful story

It truly is nice to read your beautiful story and to finally understand why women wear these. In a world of great uncertainty I can truly appreciate the need and the desire to wear it!

 
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parwana fayyaz's picture

Thanks!!

Dear Linda,
I am really pleased that you really liked my piece of writing about Hijab. It is amazing to hear from you about wearing of Hijab. Hijab is not limited only for Muslim women, it is for all women around the earth. Trully, I dont think that I am wearing it just because I am a Muslim girl. Just because it makes me to feel safe and confident among people around the world. Believe me by wearing of Hijab even I am not afriad if the Taliban anymore. Because, it is just I that always protects me.
Thanks
Parwana
We are one

shakila's picture

salam

Dear parwana!

that’s really great to hear from you about the importance of veil in your life.
I am really impressed the way you have expressed your feeling about veil. I am a Muslim girl I can understand what the importance of veil is. Sometimes people interpret its importance wrongly. In addition also depend upon the culture you belong to. Like in some areas of Pakistan women are forced to wear it whether they want it or not.

But you made me to love my veil.

best wishes
shakila

parwana fayyaz's picture

Wearing Veil Not in My Culture:)

Dear Shakila jan:
Thanks for giving a good reference for my veil in my life. Indeed, I haven’t talked only about my own life here, but I am giving an unambiguous clue for better life on the earth in our future.
Thanks for getting my feelings through my piece of writing. Honestly either for me it is also difficult to figure out the importance of veil in my life. However, I only know that it is just very beautiful.
Wearing veil never has been used to interpret its importance wrongly because wearing veil doesn’t have any wrong aspects. And I do believe.
Dear Shakila jaan, Culture is a concept that we have to accept it due lots of reasons as we all know, but I have accepted just for a reason which is making me differ from men. And also;
It is not certainly my culture to wear Hijab, my culture says that whenever you go choose their culture, if you go to China learn how to speak Chinese.
As a result, I am here with you all; so, why do I wear Hijab? As we all see and know that Hijab is not necessary to be worn in this culture; so, why should I wear it? Since My Veil is preserving my dignity and morality.
Thanks
Parwana Fayyaz

parwana fayyaz's picture

It is Not My Culture:

Culture is a concept that we have to accept it due lots of reasons as we all know, but I have accepted just for a reason which is making me differ from men. And also;
It is not certainly my culture to wear Hijab, my culture says that whenever you go choose their culture, if you go to China learn how to speak Chinese.
As a result, I am here with you all; so, why do I wear Hijab? As we all see and know that Hijab is not necessary to be worn in this culture; so, why should I wear it? Since My Veil is preserving my dignity and morality.
Love Parwana Fayyaz

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