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The Burqini BedazzlersYou're an idiotic asshole who's treed themselves with this idiotic line of argumentation. Shut. The. Fuck. Up.
And it’s an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow poka-dot Burqini
By Safa Suling Tan
The new wave in the Islamic fashion circle is the suit that allows Muslim women to enjoy a dip in the pool or sea which most had to forego because of the indecent swimming suits available on the market.
Now, Muslim women are "free" to pursue their water sports interests and hidden oceanic desires. The ocean is the limit!
The suit is said to cover enough to preserve a Muslim’s modesty, whilst being light enough to enable swimming.
It was described as the perfect solution for Muslim women who want to swim but are uncomfortable about "revealing" bathing suits.
The name "burqini" is a portmanteau of burqa and bikini.
It looks rather like a full-length wetsuit with built-on hood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of rubber.
However, there has been a strong criticism of burqini by the muslim ulema (scholars) who feel that there is nothing islamic about a burqini.
And rightly so.
It is laughable that the burqini has been touted as a liberation for the Muslim woman who is now free from the constraints imposed on her by her desire to preserve her modesty and abide by the tenets of her faith.
The burqini was designed by Lebanese Australian Aheda Zanetti. In her own words: "My name is Aheda Zanetti, the woman behind the Ahiida label, migrated to Australia from Lebanon at age of 2. Now 38, married with 4 children. I remember growing up in Australia posted a lot of challenges for a young Muslim / Arab girl. As an active person who liked to participate in community activities and sport, I found myself restricted due to cultural and religious beliefs. As years went by, I noticed there are younger girls and women that are embracing Islam and obeying their Islamic belief in dressing modestly, in turn, having to miss out on opportunities, and taking part in any sporting activities that Australia has to offer. By facing this on a daily basis and seeing girls struggle with what is around presently, we at Ahiida have found a need to make specialised sportswear to suit the Muslim female."
But Zanetti, did you forget we are Muslims and are not like most people. What is the point of our sisters trying to prove themselves as equally enjoyng life according to the non believers’ standards?
Allah has said that this world is a paradise for the unbelievers and that they will mock at us, for our beliefs and contraints. But this world is but temporary, its enjoyments and pleasures a chimera, a fantasy that entices and eludes, and will eventually disappear. What we Muslims aim for is the reality of the hearafter, the eternal life and the neverending bliss which our Creator has promised all believers who strive and hold fast to the straight path. So what are a few so called missed opportunities like being unable to take part in sports and indulge in one’s desires? Would it not be worse to miss the opportunity to get into Jannah (heaven)? Should we not put this world in its right perspective as Allah has so kindly warned us to?
Some of the comments one hears about how great the burqini is makes one shudder at the apparent ignorance of some Muslim women who actually think that a burqini is decent and that one’s hijab is not broken by donning this new fangled creation, that appallingly, was created by a Muslim woman.
One enthuses: "I'd wear one, happily! As an observant American Muslim woman, I have no desire to show my body to a beach full of strangers.. But I do want to be able to enjoy the same sports I did before I was Muslim - to surf, swim, etc. I have nothing but applause for the creative designers who are making comfortable, stylish, sporty - AND modest outfits."
Well sister, I can assure you that donning the burqini will attract stares from a beach full of strangers! And that in itself would defeat the whole purpose of the hijab would it not? You cannot have your cake and eat it to.
The burqini contradicts the hijab on so many fronts. Of course the burqini shows one’s body. Being half naked is not the only way to show off one’s body. One’s figure can just as surely and effectively be displayed by being clad in a full length slinky outfit that delicately hugs every womanly curve. Ask any man, and 7 out of 10 would tell you that the later is actually more sexy as it leaves more to the imagination.
For the benefit of all Muslims, let us examine what the hijab is. The hijab is not just the headscarf. It goes beyond that to other physical aspects as well as behavioural aspects. But for the point of discussion here, we will just focus on the physical aspects of hijab.
The hijab a woman wears has to:
1. cover everything but hands and face (that being the basic minimum for those women who do not/have not started to wear the niqab)
2. be loose
3. be opaque (translucent does not cut it)
4. wear no bells and things which make sounds (eg. high heels that strike the pavement when one walks, skirts with bells, etc, as sounds attract others' attention)
5. wear no perfume (as smells attract others' attention)
6. wear no bright and shiny attire from head to toe, for obvious reasons
7. wear no facial make-up (as cosmetics accentuate our face, making it look attractive)
Reading rave after rave of excited comments posted on the web was nowhere near funny.
Luckily, there was one who hit the nail on the head, and I think this came from a non-Muslim lady, who said:
"So, okay, it's not showing any skin, but is that really the most important element of religious modesty? Certainly the "burqini" is extremely "body-conscious," to use a fashion phrase. It might as well be spandex tights and a miniskirt--but I don't expect too many Muslim women walking down the street in that.And we all know the answer to that question. It is because we have been commanded by Allah to dress modestly so that we will be seen as modest women when we are out and not be molested. The conditions of the hijab are clear and straightforward. The Qur’an and the sunnah both, give no leeway for negligence based on ignorance.
Don’t get me wrong, I‘m all for a garment that allows Muslim and other modest women greater freedom to swim and play. What I'm irked by is the seeming hypocritical standard. A burqa allows no hint of the woman's shape. The burqini hugs every curve. If it is okay to reveal one's body under spandex (or whatever the suit is made of) on the beach, why isn't it okay to do so otherwise?"
How can one honestly say that the burqini does not break the hijab when the shape of one’s shoulders, arms, legs, neck is clear for all to make out? Not to mention that there is no extra covering over the chest area to hide the shape of the breast, and the feet is exposed for all to see!
Proponents of the burqini will defend it and say that it is loose enough. If it was then there would be no need for a burqa on dry land now would it? We should see the burqini for what it really is. The burqini is not liberation within the confines of Islamic modesty and in accordance with Allah’s commands. The burqini is not Islamic, and it is a compromise. One should be aware that donning the burqini would be compromising one’s faith and displeasing Allah.
If the burqini was within the confines of Islam, then why are there sisters not jumping on the bandwagon and donning it on and jumping into the nearest sea they can find? In all honesty, the only place that I feel the burqini is acceptable is when one wears it to a women’s only swimming pool.
I am sure most of us Muslim women would love to catch a break on the wave, go jet skiing and wake boarding, or just good old free styling, but I am more sure that most of us have given up those pleasures to seek the greatest one – that of pleasing Allah.
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