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Beauty of Concealment

Beauty of Concealment

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THE BEAUTY OF CONCEALMENTANDCONCEALMENT OF BEAUTY
by
SISTER ZAHRA RAHNAVARD
(wife of the ex-prime minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, Mir Husayn Musavi)
Translated into English byDr. Sayyid Ali Raza Naqvi
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In the Name of Allah the Merciful the Beneficent
FOREWORD
Hejab in a society has its roots in the culture of that society, a culture comprising the manner of apprehension and the type of views of the society about man and life. It is on the basis of theseapprehensions and types of views that culture delineates the human existence in general and the position of women in particular. In the Islamic hejab culture, a human being occupies anhonourable and dignified position in whose body, made of clay, God has breathed His soul, andtherefore he possesses the innate capability of acquiring the divine qualities in the course of hisevolutionary journey. Naturally this holds good even in case of woman, being half of the mankind.However, Islam believes that the Creator of man and the world, in order to regulate the humanaffairs and the society, has created man and woman in two different forms, and has assigned basically different roles to each of them in the society. It is these differences based on divineWisdom, which are responsible for the mutual attraction in both the sexes, which also guaranteecompanionship, playing the role of a complement to each other and lastly the continuation of thehuman life on earth. What is important and valuable for a man and a woman from Islamic point of view is the occupation of their respective positions and the proper fulfillment of their own roleswith the help of their existential capacities. In the Islamic hejab culture one can easily find theelements of realism, kindness, truth and perfection. This culture relies upon realities in its dealingwith man and the problems relating to him, and keeps itself away from indulgence in fancifulwhims, idealism and aberrant thinking current these days, assigns the roles carefully and delicatelyand does not neglect the tender sides of human character particularly in dealing with woman. Itdoes not utter a word irresponsibly or unrealistically, and takes into account the respective qualitiesof man and woman and saves them from degeneration, degradation and deviation in thoughts anddeeds. In such an intellectual system, hejab has some meanings. Hejab is meant for covering andconcealing the attractive and delicate parts of the body and controlling the undue exposure of thesex-appeal (in a woman) in the society. Islam recognizes man and woman on the basis of existingrealities and the laws governing the human existence, and is fully cognizant of the fact that they possess appeal and attraction for each other. Although this appeal and attraction applies to all theexistential dimensions of the two sexes, yet their most superficial manifestation is their outwardattraction for each other. From the Islamic viewpoint, woman occupies a number of delicate andattractive qualities which, if exposed in a vast and unlimited manner in the society, may not onlycause sexual, emotional, intellectual and psychological disorders and ruin the very foundations of the society, but may also lose its healthy and useful effects within that framework. When sex isallowed an unlimited and uncontrolled sway in the society, it destroys its very foundations based onhuman relations in a reasonable and solemn manner. So also when it wields its adverse effects onthe family that is based on profound spiritual and emotional relations, it shall also ruin itsfoundations. This would be the greatest tragedy one can imagine in a society, since most of thesocial crises in the West that have led to the unrestricted and free sexual activity in all the fields anddepartments of human life emanate from the same source. It is possible for some people toconclude that the best solution for this problem is to remove woman from the sphere of socialactivity so that the society may be cured of the plague of her sex-appeal and attraction. Another group holds the view that we should basically fight against sex-appeal itself, since it is the source of all sufferings and disturbances.3

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