Yahya Al Aous- Al Thara
Translated by :Heba al-Sharani
No one disagrees that the veil has never been an expression of reality of Syria. Even with the growing of Islamic currents and movements around globe, the extreme religious bumps which can be taken in Syria still strange of the country fabric. Once it is called Wahabism and once Taliban-style, and other time it is called ancestry Jihadist which means that they are transient imported not original.
Only the moderate Sufi about which can be said that it is not strange of the fabric of this country. So it canít be blamed for phenomena that became a heavy burden on the Syrian people. And here I mean the veil that started to emerge in our day life threatening to clear the Syrian identity or at least distorting it.
Although the veil took a place in some areas, but it is a fact that it has never spread because it stayed closed social tradition with no religious basis. Anyway, it is not a divine obligation, although some persons tend to ambiguous explanations to the text of holy Quran to prove it although the absence of the clear explicit divine commands. The size of difference and distinction about whether it is obligatory or not within the various legal and religious discussions to determine its goals confirms that, not only in Syria but also in the countries which are the most fanatic, also the level of sticking to it decreased very much there and a lot of scholars and clerics have ignored that.
Today Ė from the perspective of womanís rights- we canít avoid the clash with this strange component since it is a form of grim male extreme that converts women to a ghost with no known face or familiar shape, since it is a symbol of vassalage rather than a genuine expression of religious obligation, and since it is actual expression of the woman whose will is stolen even if she pretended that the veil is her own choice.
Because only men decide when the woman must wear it and till other notice.!
And it is sure that the decisions and administrative orders shouldnít be generalized and shouldnít be affected by the fundamental rights of any citizen, and here I donít mean to enter a discussion about the freedom in wearing the veil, but I meant the rights of any citizen even the veiled women containing the arbitrary dismiss or depriving them from the functional privileges, health guaranty, compensations and else. These rights that hadnít been actually affected either in exiling the veiled women from educational work or preventing them from entering the campus. Such matter that requires elaborated clear legal fortifications to laws can provide rational recorded requirements that are supposed to be foreseen in the law of organizing the universities for example, or requirements when applying to governmental jobs concerned with personal specifications when necessary.
Away of the various interpretations for the decisions motivations and the scale of its reality or unreality and regardless of the amount and the types of achievements that had been realized for woman, but is impossible to deny the positive transformation of the social attitude toward woman, which took a place because of her success in obtaining some of the rights which will be difficult to renounce them again to forces hide behind the religion cloak.
Thara E- Magazine No. 243 ,24/7/2010
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