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Asalamu Alaikum

Now another Islamophobic politician wants to cash in on the publicity of criticizing the Islamic faith, just because it generates so much media interest. The Media gurus are already licking their lips and trying to spin the story out of proportions and make it sound as radical as possible.

The problem nowadays lay on both sides, the lack of knowledge of Islam for the wider non-Muslims (and some Muslims for that matter) and lack tolerance shown form Muslims contrary to the Prophet Muhammad who always forgave the ignorant and in return educated them. Muslims too often forget the events of Al-Ta’if (619CE), where he sustained unbearable tortures and maltreatment that far outweighed his already miserable situation in his native town of Makkah.

Mr. Jack Straw’s comments are not new, they are as old as Islam. When the verses concerning the Hijab were revealed (Surah Al-Ahzab, verse 53) people at that time objected too but that did not stop Muslims form not wearing the Hijab. Just for the record, the Hijab of women was made obligatory in the Hijrah year 5. That is almost 18 years after the first verses of the Qur’aan were revealed. The reasons being so Muslim and new Muslims could accustom themselves with basic principles of Islam first.

Mr. Jack Straw is not saying to remove the Hijab altogether but is insisting on removing the veil (Niqaab, a head covering that sometimes only reveals the eyes) while in the presence of her husband to reveal the face only so that one can converse much easily when talking face to face. He goes on to say that a female will be present always in his consultation surgery.

To be honest there should not be any anger from Muslims on this issue as there are many jurists who insist that if it helps to lift the veil (Niqaab) to communicate in Bazaar with the seller’s its permissible, however there should not be any element of bad intentions otherwise it's strictly forbidden. But majority of the scholars opinion nowadays, in the era of ‘days of mischief’ one should keep herself veiled for higher Taqwaa (morals, obedience to Allah).

One encouraging thing that came out of this article is that at lest Mr. Straw now understands that it’s the choice of Muslim woman to wear the Hijab, contrary to common myth that it’s forced on them by the wicked bearded Muslim men.

One thing that was not so encouraging, his remarks regarding Hajj as he is quoted saying “…women as well as men went head uncovered the whole time when on their Hajj — pilgrimage — in Mecca…”
What is he talking about…? I do not know who told him this, if he has not personally visited Makkah, maybe he ought to watch the CNN Hajj special, for education reasons, instead of coming out and trying to ‘educate’ the Muslim Ummah. Woman even can wear Niqaab if they want to during Hajj with the aid of special attachments which are available at that time.

My advice is Muslim should be more tolerant to these sorts of remarks as they cannot hurt Islam in anyway what's so ever. And try reading into the articles more thoroughly before jumping to conclusions. There will be much talk and debates on this issue on TV, radio and newspapers in coming weeks as the evil forces want to divide the Muslims community so they can exploit this weak point. And I can assure you there will be more remarks and comments coming, and they will keep coming as long as we the Muslims are divided in our thoughts.

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You can listen to his remark by clicking below Hajj comments are roughly about 5 minuets in to the broadcast., and I have especially highlighted this in his article below which was originally published in the Lancashire Telegraph.

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This the full text of Jack Straw's column in the Lancashire Telegraph.

"I want to unveil my views on an important issue"

(Filed: 06/10/2006)

This the full text of Jack Straw's column in the Lancashire Telegraph.

"It's really nice to meet you face to face, Mr Straw," said this pleasant lady in a broad Lancashire accent. She had come to my constituency advice bureau with a problem. I smiled back. "The chance would be a fine thing," I thought to myself but did not say out loud.

The lady was wearing the full veil. Her eyes were uncovered but the rest of her face was in cloth.

Her husband, a professional man I vaguely knew, was with her. She did most of the talking. I got down the detail of the problem, told them that I thought I could sort it out, and we parted amicably.

All this was about a year ago. It was not the first time I had conducted an interview with someone in a full veil, but this particular encounter, though very polite and respectful on both sides, got me thinking. In part, this was because of the apparent incongruity between the signals which indicate common bonds — the entirely English accent, the couple's education (wholly in the UK) — and the fact of the veil. Above all, it was because I felt uncomfortable about talking to someone "face-to-face" who I could not see.

So I decided that I wouldn't just sit there the next time a lady turned up to see me in a full veil, and I haven't.

Now, I always ensure that a female member of my staff is with me. I explain that this is a country built on freedoms. I defend absolutely the right of any woman to wear a headscarf. As for the full veil, wearing it breaks no laws.

I go on to say that I think, however, that the conversation would be of greater value if the lady took the covering from her face. Indeed, the value of a meeting, as opposed to a letter or phone call, is so that you can — almost literally — see what the other person means, and not just hear what they say.

I thought it may be hard going when I made my request for face-to-face interviews in these circumstances. However, I can't recall a single occasion when a lady has refused to lift the veil; most seem relieved.

Last Friday was a case in point. The veil came off almost as soon as I opened my mouth. I dealt with the problems the lady brought to me. We then had an interesting debate about veil wearing. This contained some surprises. It became clear that the husband played no part in her decision. She had read books about the issue. She felt more comfortable wearing the veil when out. People bothered her less.

OK, I said, but did she think that veil wearing was required by the Koran? I was no expert, but many Muslim scholars said that the full veil was not obligatory at all. And women as well as men went head uncovered the whole time when on their Hajj — pilgrimage — in Mecca. The husband chipped in to say that this matter was "more cultural than religious". I said I would reflect on what she said to me. Would she, however, think hard about what I said — in particular my concern that wearing the full veil was bound to make better relations between the two communities more difficult. It was such a visible statement of separation and of difference. I thought a lot before raising this matterand still more before writing this. But if not me, who? My concern could be misplaced. But I think there is an issue here."
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