Thursday, 14 January 2010

A properly-attired Muslim: "ornaments" = cleavage and thighs

Here is what I hope is an Islamic argument for the banning of the niqab for the protection of Muslims and the prevention of crime and Islamophobia.

24:31 contains the dress code for a properly-attired Muslim woman.

http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/quran/024.qmt.html

Way I look at it, no cleavage should be on view. That's it.

A woman's "ornaments" are her breasts and thighs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleavage_%28breasts%29

Arguably, an ugly woman has no ornaments at all and everything about a beautiful woman is an ornament, including her eyes, which you cannot cover or you would be blinding her. I suppose you could argue that she should always wear sunglasses in a public place, but that would be impractical and extreme.

Having dealt with a woman's upper torso, we now, er, "lower our gaze" to her lower torso.

Therefore, you have some sort of sensible rule. I would suggest that modest dress includes skirts.

Let us say then that anything above a woman's knee is an ornament, and skirts, to be modest, should cover a woman's thighs.

In one morning I have single-handedly resolved and pronounced upon the proper dress code for all decent, right-minded women, Muslim and non-Muslim, for all time.

In a perfect world, I would be called upon to be the Mufti of Britain.

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