"after 9/11 . . . Arabophobia . . . ,"Considering that 19 of them had just slaughtered several thousand innocents, is it really possible to consider any fear of Arabs irrational?
from a family discussion on women in the United States covering their faces with Islamic veils even after (or especially because of) the "divinely"-mandated carnage in the fall of 2001.
Of course, it was not the savages' Arab-ness that made them sociopathic, bloodthirsty monsters, for Arab is a race. It was their set of beliefs, their ideology -- the will of their god and the example of their prophet -- that inspired the bloodlust.
The niqab is a symbol of the tyranny of Allah. It represents nearly fourteen centuries of Islam's enslaving and degrading of females. Anyone wearing it voluntarily makes it no less so, it only calls into question their judgment.
The same devil who raped his nine-year-old "wife," the same monster who slaughtered innocent men and then enslaved their women and children (raping those he found especially attractive), the same human malignancy who advised beating and "plowing" one's wives is the same cretinous mass also requiring the mockery of one-half of humanity, for whatever the "Ideal Man" and "beautiful pattern of conduct" did, all must do:
"Aisha used to say: 'When (the Verse): "They should draw their veils over their necks and bosoms," was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces'" (Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 282).
"Narrated 'Aisha: 'Allah's Apostle used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized'" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 368).
[Explanatory note: Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin in tafseer of this hadith explains: "This hadith makes it clear that the Islamic dress is concealing of the entire body as explained in this hadith. Only with the complete cover including the face and hands can a woman not be recognized. This was the understanding and practice of the Sahaba and they were the best of group, the noblest in the sight of Allah . . . with the most complete Imaan and noblest of characters. so if the practice of the women of the sahaba was to wear the complete veil then how can we deviate from their path?]
"Narrated 'Aisha: 'The wives of the Prophet used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place (near Baqia at Medina) to answer the call of nature at night. 'Umar used to say to the Prophet "Let your wives be veiled," but Allah's Apostle did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam'a the wife of the Prophet went out at 'Isha' time and she was a tall lady. 'Umar addressed her and said, "I have recognized you, O Sauda." He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah revealed the verses of "Al-Hijab" (A complete body cover excluding the eyes)'" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 148).
And no, to equate this sign of domination and subjugation with other traditions in which females cover their heads is a disgustingly false moral equivalence.
As if the mother of God would have hidden herself under a sheet for a devil!