Aijaz Aslam, a renowned Islamic scholar and Peace TV orator, on his first visit to Kashmir while addressing a gathering at Government College of Education early this year, remarked that he was disappointed to find that the Kashmiri muslim women have outnumbered the muslim women of the rest of the Indian states, in the abandonment of Hijab/Pardah, although it being a muslim majority state.
Initially this statement sounded surprising. But when given a serious thought as to how we trouble-torn Kashmiris have shunned this practice, the reason seemed quite simple. By accepting Westernisation whole heartedly as our way of life, we have banished Haya (modesty) which is an 'integral part of Iman'. Rasoolulah (peace be upon him) said, "For every religion of the world there is a distinctive morality & the distinctive morality for Islam is Modesty. And this is what we exchanged in return for Westernisation, which has engulfed us.
Allah is the Khaliq (creator of man). He is Aleem and the Khabeer. He is thus fully aware of the desires of a human being. That is the reason he has directed both men and women to observe modesty. Purdah is a great defence to a woman's chastity. It guards her from all evils. A veiled woman is no more vulnerable to the lust of men. How advanced the Western culture may be, it can never shield the honour of a woman the way Islam does. Hijab is the only way we can restore her the dignity she has lost to Westernisation.
Masters in English
University of Kashmir