I came across this You Tube video where students in Pennsylvania State University, USA were asked to wear or adorn themselves with the Hijab ~ Muslim women’s head covering by Dr.Sam Richards. He wanted to get feedback from his Non Muslim female students as to how they felt after putting on the head covering?
Although in reality, it was awkward to see scantily clad female students adorn the head covering because they didn’t really cover themselves properly to merit wearing the hijab, it was interesting to hear them saying that they felt comfortable or safe when wearing the hijab. You see the reason why believing women are commanded by Allah to cover their decorations by lowering their head coverings over themselves is to hide the bosom from being seen by those who are not permitted to see them uncovered.
Watch this social experiment :
In the video above, a young woman did a social experiment where at first she walked the streets of New York wearing casual modern wear showing her body form leaving nothing much to the imagination. She was constantly catcalled and disturbed by strangers as she walked.
She then changed into Muslim women clothing and walked the same streets again. Imagine. No one paid any attention to her. Same young attractive lady. But this time around, she was dressed modestly. She was left alone by men. Free to walk wherever she wanted. Freedom.
This is the Supreme Wisdom of Allah the Most Merciful, our Lord Almighty, Who Created us. It is Allah Who Created our natural attraction to the opposite sex and gave us our natural desires towards them BUT Allah also gave us the Faculty of Reason and revealed to us His Guidelines as to how we should go about fulfilling that desire to procreate by way of lawful marriage with our desired spouse from our opposite sex.
He is The One Who Gave Life to us. Without His Will, nothing comes into being. He Decreed that we be born as male or female or as the Khunsa (born with both the male and female genitalia). No one is born as a transgender. That is the result of one’s own choice. Since Time immemorial, Mankind has been toying with the idea of transforming their gender according to their desires or inclinations either through their own free will or by the manipulation of one’s mindset by others who have their own agendas.
I recall an incident that I had with an American lady who visited our historic 200 over years Masjid Kapitan Keling in the City of Georgetown, Penang Island. My home state.
After I welcomed her to our Masjid [mosque] and shared with her about the basic fundamentals of our Faith of Islam which is the Only True Revealed Faith for all Mankind from Allah the Almighty, we proceeded to the stage of the Q & A session where I invited her to ask me any questions that she might be having about Islam and us who are Muslims. We sat at my favorite corner along the marbled corridor of the Masjid.
She was a middle aged woman in her 30s and was quite eager to satisfy her curiosity as to learn why Islam forbids same sex unions or marriage? She was referring to homosexuality and lesbianism. Imagine that! Asking me about something that is considered as a taboo subject by some so called da’ee’s (Male Callers to Islam) or da’eeyah’s (Female Callers to Islam). No worries. Even though we were both in the Bait’ullah (Place of Worship towards Allah), I welcomed her question and used my Faculty of Reason given to me by Allah the Most Merciful and made use of my wisdom to give her the appropriate answer to her question.
So, how did I explain to her as to why Homosexuality and Lesbianism is Haram (Forbidden in Islam)?
Touchy subject. Tch..tch..tch..tch… Yet it was Allah Who Inspired me to answer her tactfully. In the House of Worship to Allah, our Lord Almighty.
I showed her a 3 pin electric plug (photo above) which was nearby. I told her ” That 3 pin plug represents us who are males. Let’s imagine a scenario where we take that plug and rub it against another similar 3 pin plug. This is my symbolic example of a man who has unnatural sex with another man. Can there be procreation from their act?
She shook her head left to right indicating no. No procreation would take place.
I then pointed to her a 3 holed wall socket (photo on the left). I told her that wall socket should represent a woman. I asked her to imagine taking another similar wall socket and rubbing them against each other. Signifying the unnatural sexual act that lesbians resort to satisfy their carnal urges but with the same sex. A woman with another woman. Would there be any procreation taking place as a result of committing such an unnatural sexual act?
She shook her head from left to right again meaning no. Nothing would be conceived.
I then asked her as to what would be the result if I was to take that 3 pin electrical power plug and insert it into the wall socket? Signifying the natural act of a male and a female having sexual intercourse.
She answered in the affirmative saying it would be a perfect fit and grinned sheepishly. I nodded and smiled as well.
Here we were discussing about such a sensitive topic yet being in the corridor of my favorite sanctuary, the Italian marbled floored of our historic world famous Masjid Kapitan Keling. Tricky situation, eh? Hehehehe… use wisdom. Use your intellect.
I then explained to her but then for the electrical apparatus to work and function properly, the wiring must be fixed correctly according to the manufacturer’s instruction connecting both the plug and its corresponding wall socket and have the right voltage of electrical power supply running and all those parts including the electrical equipment to which the plug is connected to in order for it to work as it was intended for.
All these symbolizes the proper registration of a legal marriage between a healthy man and an equally healthy female. Married in the presence of their family and friends with the consent of each other’s parents or legal guardians. Marriage solemnized and registered in the official government or local authority’s Register of Marriages. Being a legally married couple. A marriage recognized by the state and the ruling official government.
A marriage when consummated might result in the legally recognized conceiving of a child or children as in the case of having twins or more by the Grace and Mercy of Allah, our Supreme Master and Creator. The Giver of Life. A coming together of a legally married couple who by all means are free to enjoy limitless blissful rewarding sexual intercourse with their legally married spouse. A union that may result in the conceivement of their legal offsprings who when born successfully be able to say with pride and honor of being the son or daughter of Mr. and Mrs. So and So.
The continuation of their family’s lineage, legally and officially recognized and respected by members of their human society.
I then said to her “Imagine the scenario IF YOUR FATHER had been a homosexual! He would be sodomizing some other man by entering another man’s orifice through which the waste from one’s body exits. His bodily fluids which carry his seeds to carry on his family’s lineage would go wasted in another man’s system for excretion or another man might have been sodomizing your dad! Eww… (shudder..shudder)
You my dear, would not have come to exist and sit here in this historic beautiful Masjid asking me your questions or learning from me exactly why Islam forbids such Homosexuality!
Am I right?”
To which she silently nodded in agreement with tears starting to well up in her now getting emotional state as she pictured what I had so eloquently described to her regarding that imagined scenario.
I asked her if she wanted to learn more to which she replied in the affirmative saying ” Please continue.”
I then asked her to imagine if HER MOTHER had been a Lesbian? Her mom would have been rubbing herself raw with another woman and both women would only end up all sore but not get pregnant. She would not have been conceived by her mom and just like the case imagined earlier if her dad had been a homosexual or as they have been wrongly referred to or labelled as being a ‘Gay’, she would not have come to exist just the same and not learn all these Truth concerning Allah’s Forbidding Mankind of such major Sins of committing unnatural acts of sex with their same gender.
She thanked me so profusely and wanted to embrace and hug me for teaching her about the Facts of Life that Allah the All Knowing has revealed for us through His Revelations which are compiled into being the Glorious Al Quran Al Karim and now made available worldwide for free through websites such as www.quran.com with various translations and links to each and every guiding sacred verse for us to access for free anytime.
I politely declined and bowed to her as the Japanese do and shared with her that Islam also forbids us who are practicing and knowledgeable Muslims from touching or coming into contact with the opposite sex who are not allowed and accessible to us through marriage. It has to do with controlling ourselves from getting all aroused from such unrestricted intimacies.
Not like we are all fired up with raging hormones etcetera ready to go sowing our seeds with just any opposite sex out there at the slightest contact or what but just being rational and not wanting to cross the proverbial line of no return. Hehehehe. No sirree… Just being rational here.
She then proceeded to ask me as to why Muslim women have to cover themselves with the head scarf or wear those totally all covering ‘burqa’ such as what seems to be the mandatory wear for Arab women in the Middle East and that she had also seen a number of Malaysian women adorn the same here.
I told her about the Commandments from Allah in Surah An Nur (the Chapter of Light) Chapter 24 Verse 30:
“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.”
In the Commandment of Allah above, He commands the Prophet Muhammad to tell us, Muslim men, men who believe [have faith in Allah] to lower our eyes (from looking at the exposed areas of modesty of a woman or women) and for us to guard our private parts (genitalia) from coming into unlawful contact with those who are not our lawfully wedded wife or wives. This is Allah’s Commandments to us, Muslim men. Who have faith in Him.
Allah the Almighty God commands believing men to lower their gaze from looking at the women when she is exposed and for the righteous men to guard their areas of modesty (which is from their navel to the knee).
Do women ogle at men? They surely do. There was a social experiment done. Women are just like men. They are naturally attracted to the male species as men are attracted to the ladies. Hence our Creator, Allah the Almighty has revealed to us His Commandments which are meant to be our guidelines as to how we need to live our lives?
Watch the following video of the social experiment I shared about. Please be aware that the contents are for mature adults only but shown here as informative sharing meant to show that women do look at men when a certain part of the men’s body form are visible:
Allah is our Creator. He Knows our natural instincts. He instilled those instincts in us. Yet He also gave us our Faculties to Reason and know how to carry or conduct ourselves when being in the company of others. We can’t go around doing as we please because we do live in a human society where there are certain norms or guidelines as to how one should behave when being in public.
I asked her whether she understood the meanings of the Commandment of Allah to us Believing Muslim men as to how we should conduct ourselves when we are exposed to the sight of uncovered areas of a woman’s modesty? She replied that to her as an American woman who grew up in a very open and accepting country where almost anything goes, it all sounds a bit restrictive but she said that maybe because I am living here in South East Asia, maybe our society here is a tad too conservative but she understands. Different countries ; different cultures or social norms.
I then shared with her from my life experiences and what I came to learn about most men’s behavior when they come across women who are not forbidden for them to marry.
When a man regardless as to whether he is religious or otherwise, young or old, rich or poor, looks at a woman ; he will first look at her face. If she is pretty and attractive, chances are that he would not look elsewhere. This is just part and parcel of an average man’s nature. to look at pretty or beautiful faces of attractive members of the opposite sex.
If the particular lady was not that much of a beauty or pretty face, the man might then look at her bosom.
First the face. Face not beautiful. Eyes go looking at the bosom. This is a natural trait of any normal average man. Regardless of him being religious or secular. If the said lady has ample assets, the man would steal furtive glances at the bosom and not look elsewhere.
If and that’s a very probable if, the said lady is sadly ill equipped at the said area, the man might then look at her behind. Yes. The rear area. You saw the video up above showing the young lady walking along New York City streets wearing body hugging modern apparel and how she was immediately a centre of attraction for all those men who catcalled and propositioned her.
That’s the natural areas of attraction of a woman having a pretty face, ample bosom and a full figure. If she was skinny, not that pretty or pleasing to the eyes, no one would bother giving her a second look.
Hence the following Commandment of Allah to the Believing Muslim women: www.quran.com/24/31
” And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment (bosom) except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet (drawing attention) to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”
There are those who despite having read the meanings of the Commandment above to ‘Believing Muslim Women’ are still blind to Allah’s Crystal Clear Order to the Believing Muslim ladies to lower a portion of their Hijabs to cover their bosom or breasts so as not to draw the attention of ogling men who derive pleasure of enjoying a free show of the women’s assets.
The American lady was ecstatic in finally learning as to the reasons why men and women who believe in Allah take the extra steps to cover their areas of modesty and once again thanked me for sharing with her what I have come to learn in my years of studying the basis of my Islamic faith.
We parted company amicably and she promised to share her newfound knowledge with her family and friends.
Now that you too, my respected reader have come to learn about the subject matter, I humbly request that you share this article with your contacts as well.
May Allah guide us all.