From cruising down Pacific Coast Highway and hiking up Potato Chip Rock to admiring the Romanesque architecture in the Rues of the 16th arrondissement; moving from Los Angeles to Paris has been a radical change. Whether it is socially or economically, each respective part of the world has its différences, however the most noticable change has been Religious Freedom.
With the extinction of the Ottoman Empire the “Sick man”, the internal enemy of Arab rulers’ has been modified more than once, fighting Sykes-Picot mandate, the annihilation of Arab monarchy, to the struggle against religious authority, to fighting the Arab traditional outdated minds, religious fundamentalism, the fear from Marxism, the refusal of liberalism…
As ramadan comes to an end, the people of Pakistan were seeing shopping at various places to celebrate eid after a month of fasting. After a long time, one could see joy on the faces of the citizen of a country in a political, social and economical chaos. Nonetheless, since the past weeks, Pakistan has been part of the countries standing up against injustice and inhumanity by fiercely giving their support to the people of Gaza. Whether it is public protests or the large condemnations by political and religious leaders, Pakistan have been present at every front to raise its voice as a state against the oppression of the people of Palestine creating somehow a social harmony on a common cause.
It is that time of year again: time for Muslims the world over to fulfill the fourth pillar of their faith by fasting during the month of Ramadan. Among the most common reactions I receive when I tell someone that I am fasting are the following: you are not eating anything from sunrise until sunset for a whole month? Can you at least have water? How do you keep from becoming dehydrated or nutrient-deficient? Aren’t you losing weight from fasting?
Hijab is an Arabic word and basically means ‘a covering’, in addition to a sense of protecting and keeping safe, the ‘veil’ being the English/Western narrative. The main purpose of the veil is guard the aspects of something that one wants to keep from harm’s way. It is human nature to shield something treasured to one’s life, just like the valuable pearl sitting in a protected shell embedded in the middle of the ocean. The pearl, being safe-guarded inside the casing is but a stone that can be used for jewellery or other such means.
Scrutinised in public by the media and on-lookers, the West has failed to recognise the importance of the veil. Fingers are often pointed in the direction of Muslim women, with some viewing the veil as being a barrier between the individual wearing it and the person she is trying to communicate with.
‘Honour Killing’ is the killing of a family member due to belief that the victim has shamefully disgraced the member’s status and has caused a stain on the family’s honour. This can be due to love marriage, being in a relationship disapproved by relatives or interacting with the opposite gender without consent of family members or customs.