The Meaning Of Religion As A Religious Woman

       Before the internet, the gap was wider as each community was well-versed in its traditional lore only. Now, you can make friendship with people overseas while you are plopping down on your sofa through your cellphone. Nonetheless, we are suffering from those trolls behind their keyboards!

      Two years ago, an Egyptian cook has decided to take her hijab off. I could not make out people’s demeanor when they scorned and understated her. She was called a spinster looking for a groom, they suspected her faith without any deference! Her decision was personal, but trolls insisted on making it a religious matter!

      Mo Salah, the Egyptian football player posted a picture of his daughter while she was playing on the piano. The comments revolved around religion and Islamic nurture. Their comments exuded their ignorance of religion and its essence.

      Dina Tokio has decided to take her hijab off as well. As a Muslim blogger, her decision was not her own. Therefore, people have decided to threaten, insult, and send their pernicious messages to her.

      A month ago, I read the news and there was a survey of British people’s acceptance of Muslims and hijab as compatriots like anyone else there. The majority claimed that hijab symbolised backwardness, and this would never represent their country, especially after its long-term battle to spread freedom and justice.

      For me, all these scenes have ignited an important question about religion, and whether we preserve it, or it protects us from that ingrained brutality. It was profound as I always thought of religion away from any tales or fecund imagination.

     In 2019, I was eager to read religious books away from any tales or prejudice. I have found some books and thankfully the riddle got unraveled. Every religious rifle was a result of a political conflict and a paranoid ruler. Religions are based on the same pillars of mercy, care, worshipping, fasting, alms, and the afterlife. The last messenger is our debate. There is another life in another realm and we all want to experience it as human beings, and monotheists with different hue, physiognomy, and religions. God wants us to be different, so we have to coexist with each other.

    After I read some books, I came up  with some conclusions;

  • First and foremost, Everyone is held accountable for their deeds here and in the hereafter. This message is an allusion to dissuade those trolls as accountability is sole!

 

  • The first cosmic covenant what matters the most. Allah enjoined Adam to worship, supplicate, and befriend all human beings.

 

  • If religiosity does not better you, so you definitely misunderstand it.

 

  • I have to neither witness your ugliness, nor make my phone kosher to stave off such things. Therefore, I have decided to give up using my Facebook  account.   

 

  • Read the study Quran book. It is the best Quranic commentary I read, especially for those who have some ambivalence towards Islam.

 

  • Read Reza Aslan’s books, no god but God, Zealot, and god; a human history. This author helped me fathom how we have disfigured religions with our chauvinism and bigotry. He is a Shiite Muslim who was Christian before. His books are page turners and enlightening, especially for a sunni woman who has never mingled with Shiites.

 

  • As a feminist, kecia Ali and her books about sexual ethics in Islam. Some thorny issues such as the dowry, concubinage, and slavery. Kecia did answer a lot of profound questions as a Muslim woman.

 

  • Good Muslim, bad Muslim book astounded me. The cold war, opium industry, the socio-economic mutation of Islam from a mere religion to a political identity, and the Middle East has become an arena. The inception of militant groups, explosions, and fundamentalism are expressed in detail in this book.

 

  • Finally, who witnesses wars and survives, will suffer from its dregs until they pass away.


Thanks for your embrace and time!

47 thoughts on “The Meaning Of Religion As A Religious Woman

  1. It is hard to be yourself in a world where strangers feel free to unload their deep fears and prejudices on someone, such as yourself, who is strong and secure enough to put forth her truth. I hope you will protect yourself from the ‘slings and arrows’. Their are many who applaud you. Dr. Bob

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  2. Dear Gehad
    I much admire you for your principles, soul-searching in pursuing an arduous path, confronted with difficulty. I don’t consider myself a religious person as such, but wish to extend to you my spiritual appreciation and support, such as they are. I think there are many who would share my feeling.
    Kindest regards
    Michael

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  3. Religions are the Mistress of Men from the times of the Indo-Meso empires. It violates the Laws of Nature. Gods are the harlots of the priests there are only couples in the Laws of Nature no gods or metaphysical appearances of giant wizards and beasts.

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      1. You believe in future tense. In ancient times strict ergative languages they only had past tense and present tense verbs. I am not even monotheistic but a Father present tense flower child.

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  4. I enjoyed reading this and am a devout believer that embracing all cultures or religions based in love and kindness is how we learn to grow spiritually and intellectually. What amazes me is how peoples quantify the unquantifiable (God, Allah, Creator) with the puny extent of human understanding. Christians have no connection to Natzism just as Muslims/Islam has no connection to ISIS. We are not to take His name in vain, and using His name to promote hatred, violence and cruelty will have its judgment.

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  5. Sigh. Christians have their ways of beating each other up over how we live out our faith, as well. I write in both the faith and secular worlds and am often judged — too churchy, not churchy enough and so on. I try to live in a way that does not cloud people’s view of God, while keeping in mind that it is only God whom I must please. Blessings!

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  6. Living in New York City requires people to accept each other, because we all take the same subways, walk the same streets, and live in the same buildings. Many people practice their different religions side by side. A mosque (that stood near the Twin Towers long before they were built and destroyed) where people line up to pray five times a day wanted to offer daycare for children.They were consulting a nearby Jewish organization that runs a well-established daycare program.
    The news drummed up fury in the country against the mosque, which ended up abandoning its project because people in other states, people who have never met a Muslim, objected! Shortly after this, Trump put his anti-Muslim immigration ban into effect. Everytime we left the apartment, for months, we joined a protest march!
    I’m a writer, and at night, to burn off adrenaline, I run around the southern tip of Manhattan. Two summers ago, at nine-thirty or so, a girl about eight, wearing a lavender hijab, sped past me on her skateboard! Seeing the symbol of her faith fluttering in her tailwind made me cheer! What the child wears, when and where, are decisions her parents make. And those same parents allow her to ride a skateboard alone at night in New York City! Here’s hoping that freedom, speed, and skill grow along with her. Because if so, she could change the world!

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  7. Thank you for following my blog. While I am not religious, I am one of those humanitarians who respect difference.

    “The majority claimed that hijab symbolised backwardness, and this would never represent their country, especially after its long-term battle to spread freedom and justice.”
    As a Brit myself, this attitude angers and saddens me. There are many of us who don’t agree with this, but unfortunately many racists and xenophobes here. There has been centuries of propaganda about how we spread freedom and justice, when in fact we’ve terrorized most of the world. I’m happy to see hijab wearers here, but hope they have indeed the freedom not to if they wished. I’m happy to hear different languages here, and see different cuisines and shops. I do also understand that some feel threatened by difference. We have to work to help us all recognise our shared humanity. Bless you.

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    1. Thank you for sharing such a great comment showing how humanitarian you are! Well, we are different from each other, but this difference what makes life continue and human beings procreate. We are here to know each other and to coexist.

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  8. Beautiful thoughts. While we see the world through different filters, our overall assessments would be very similar. One of my best friends is a Muslim woman who was first afraid to come to my home because she believed I’d never accept her. Our mutual friend explained I wasn’t like that and she finally surrendered to the idea that a committed Christian and a committed Muslim could become friends. We became very close as we discussed our differences and similarities, worshipped with one another in our unique ways, and prayed together. There is beauty when we look beyond the outer wear and into the heart. Back in the original days, depending upon ones filters and beliefs, we all looked the same on the outer areas as we all came from the same place. It’s in highlighting our differences as threatening that society has caused us to fear one another. I believe at the end of the day, we all have to love one another and respect each other because our accountability, as you stated so well, is a personal thing not community. Thanks for sharing such a well written post!

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  9. So many “spirits” in this world! Wow! Two Bible verses came to mind: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”1John 4:1 and John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
    I pray that these are words of peace to you. Thank you for following me. I hope it will be a blessing to you!

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  10. I’m not sure I understood parts of your post (maybe it’s just a punctuation thing) but I did smile with delight as I saw you citing one of my favorite theology writers: Reza Aslan. I have all three you mentioned.
    Side note. I bought a couple hijabs from a souk several years ago as gifts for a friend when I was living in the Middle East. I kept one, just, I don’t know…to have when I returned to the U.S. About a year ago, my college sponsored “hijab day” as a way of honoring or acknowledging our Muslim students. I wore mine, along with my niqab, for a few minutes as a way of showing solidarity. However, one woman told me she was offended…that men aren’t allowed to wear them. I said, “well, men are also supposed to dress modestly, too” but decided not to press the point. I meant no disrespect and was able to have some very cordial conversations with the women in the booth. But I was surprised at someone being offended.
    So the question is: Assuming no ill-intent, is a man wearing a hijab an insult of some kind?

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    1. Thank you for commenting on my English and writing. What you read was a three-year self study the scratch. I promise you that I will study the grammar not to confuse you next time. I admire Reza and look up to his writings a lot. Well! Regarding hijab, there is a Quranic verse asking women to cover their head and being modest. That would never make us better, but we try to use all the means to refine our souls. Hijab doesn’t detriment women as long as others treat them equally. Imagine having a tertiary education from a prestigious university, two languages, good skills,etc, would you dismiss me because of veiled tufts? People call for freedom but they misunderstand its meaning since the person has chosen to do so on their own. Thank you for your comment 🌻

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      1. By the way Ms. Gemal, i didn’t mean to be rude about punctuation. Having taught grammar in the Middle East, I try to be gentle about such things with people whose first language is not English. I think I just meant that I wasn’t completely clear about some of the statements in your post. You never need to worry about confusing me. 🙂

        But to my question: I know that the Qu’ran instructs women (and men) to be modest. However, I wonder if there is any rule that says a man may not put on a hijab in such a setting. I guess this could be seen as a “man dressing like a woman.” I didn’t see why the woman was offended though. But perhaps that’s just my perspective as an American male.

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      2. It’s like wearing a skirt😆. Well I am a woman and you are a man, do you know why? Do you know why we have womb? Why women menstruate? Why we have different nature and appearance? Why we are only two genders? With all these plastic surgeries, sex reassignment surgery doesn’t make men like a real fecund woman? I DON’T KNOW. If you want to wear it out of fun, do it.

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  11. Haha, I loved your interchange with Veeds. You are to be highly commended. Self-taught? 3 years?? that’s amazing. English is a tough language. Keep working on it. It is a beautiful language. It is my 3rd language and it delights me in ways that some of my other languages don’t. Languages are like children, each with their own personality, frustrations and delights!
    You and I are very different. My spirit resonates with your free spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and your views though I don’t agree with them all. You style is charming and disarming. Thank you for the follow. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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