Sunday, December 14, 2014

Crowned Glory

Dear readers, have you ever thought why the king wears the crown? Why the dignitaries in most cultures and societies have some kind of head covering? If you know of Indian culture you can see how the heads of the villages, communities and religions wear something on their heads which covers their heads and gives them a distinguished and respectful look. 
Have you ever thought why when someone visits a Temple, Mosque, Synagogue, Church, Gurudwara etc. he or she feels better covering the head as a mark of respect to that place as as a beautiful feeling of sincerity and spirituality? 
We have known the nuns, the Queens, the Kings, the head of many fields having their heads covered with  scarves, crowns, caps or turbans. What is so different about a covered head? Why is it more significant when one has a position or a special honour? 

Imagine a king who's sitting on his throne with all his glory and power and has a bright bejeweled crown on his head. He is wearing a robe and everyone around him is showing respect toward him. Now imagine that same king in the same clothes as his courtiers and his head uncovered and he is standing amongst them. No body will recognise him as a king if someone new enters the palace. The crown that a king wears is specifically to denote that he is the king and he is distinguished among his people. The kings can have different head gears according to the kingdom they represent. Some kings wear turbans, some kings might wear caps etc.
 In the same way the Queen is distinguished by the graceful attire she wears and the head covering she adorns. If a queen is inappropriately dressed and not in her proper attire then the subjects would not feel the respect and honor for the queen. It is not suitable for a ruling person to dress in a manner that does not fulfil the demands of his distinguished position. 
They do not need to lavishly spend for the attire but even with a simple graceful and respectable clothing they can win the hearts of those who regard them as their leaders and benefactors. The head covering specifically is a sign of dignity and respect. 
In the old traditions in India it is still a good sign that a daughter in law comes before her father in law with her head covered. Most of the Indians do not regard it as a useless tradition or that which is against the norms of the society because it simply conveys the values of the bride and the respect that she shows to the elders at home. 
The muslim women as a whole have been commanded by none other than the Creator to adorn this crown and graceful attire. It is not specifically a chador or a burqa that they need to wear to fulfil this duty but they are required to cover up their bodies so that they appear graceful and do not show off in front of everyone as the women in the times of ignorance did. 
The Muslim woman is commanded to maintain her glory and dignity by covering her head and her body in a way that she is not exposing the shape of her body and is not attracting the unwanted attention of the strangers in public. 
Just like a king and a queen, when they appear in public, are not easily approachable and cannot be harmed by just anyone around, and just like they can be approached by a selected few who have a special position in their court, a Muslim woman too is asked to dress up in a dignified and graceful way so that no one has the guts to feel free to approach her for evil intentions and she has the right to show her beauty and charm to some very close ones at home. 
She is not a thing to be displayed openly for everyone to see. She is special and she is a crowned beauty. Her glory is such that everyone respects her and looks at her excellence of character and her intelligence rather than her physical attractiveness alone. 
With all her grace and dignity she can do whatever she is capable of doing and she can seek knowledge and wisdom to enhance her quality of life and that of those under her care. 
A crown is a symbol of position, honor and dignity and so is the way Allah has commanded the believing women to take. A Muslim woman who covers herself to fulfil this command of her Creator is actually doing an act of worship. 

She is a precious jewel and not a pebble on the street. 

Dear sisters, consider yourselves as jewels and shine with all your glory and be safe by adorning yourself with the protective and honorable armour that none other than your Creator has commanded.

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