Sufi Hijab ideas to irritate Fundamentalist Muslims.
by Dawoud Kringle
The concept of a unified HIJAB was introduced by Saudis and few strange groups in Egypt where they tried to introduce a UNIFORM into the Muslim countries. This was due to the influence of the communism into the Arab minds. Mimicing the blue uniform of Mao's china!
You see the effects amongst the Muslim converst in North America what they call Sunnah Clothing or Hijab is a UNIFORM designed by few with questionable intentions in the long gone Arab world.
Today in Saudi Arabian men wear a white uniform, no under pants and the WW2 British Special forces head gear SHUMAGH (The reddish patterend scarf) and sandals. None of which the Prophet (sas) wore.
I challenged the Saudis and took them to their own bookstores where they have books with the photos of their own people from early turn of the 20th century. They were shocked to discover their people wore under pants, hats, fully dressed garbs i.e. several layers of clothing and often no head scarf unless they traveled into the desert.
The women wore variety of very beautiful outfits as opposed to the black mandatory uniform they wear today.
More shocking was the fact that their women worked, rode animals, were shepherds carries weapons and could fight like hell
Today, any outward sign of piety e.g. Hijab or beard should be worn as ADORNMENTS for those who have been way towards the end of the Path. I find the immediate wearing of the Hijab or beard for the new comers to Islam more harmful than useful.
Of course there are exceptions as in the case of the African Americans who are in need of a new firm identity and the Hijab and beard is a symbolism for them to steer away from the inner city foul behavior.
But for an average Muslim immigrant or convert, how about truthfulness, integrity and affection for the neighbors and comradry for the people in general.
Of course what I say is not welcomed, since it hurts the membership of the organizations that are formed by this Sheikh or that.
"It must be noted here that Islam did not introduce veiling or seclusion in Arabic countries nor is this indigenous to Arabs. Long before the advent of Islam, veiling and seclusion appear to have existed in the Hellenistic- Byzantine era and among the Sassanians of Persia.
In ancient Mesopotamia, the veil for women was regarded as a sign of respectability and high status; decent married women wore the veil to differentiate themselves from women slaves and unchaste women.
The latter were in fact forbidden to cover their heads or hair. In Assyrian law, slaves were forbidden to use the veil. Those caught using the veil illegally were liable to severe penalties. Thus veiling was not simply a mark of aristocracy but also used to distinguish "respectable" women from disreputable ones.
Successive invasions brought the Greeks, Persians, Mesopotamians and the Semitics in contact. The practice of veiling and seclusion of women appears subsequently to have become established in Judaic and Christian systems. Gradually these spread to the urban upper classes of the Arabs and eventually to the general urban public. "