As I promised, I'll answer the question that is the # 1, most asked subject by the Non Muslims; 'Why do the ladies in Islam need to cover themselves?'
Let me relate to you an incident that took place back in Penang.
I was riding my motorcycle along Northam Road which is now called Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah along with several other motorcyclists who were Chinese.
As we reached the road opposite Citibank, a Chinese lady in very skimpy clothes crossed the road before us.
I quickly turned away in self consciousness remembering the injunction by Allah SWT to us 'believing men' not to look at such a sight! :)
Yeah, I did see her but quickly diverted my sight to the traffic ahead. She was wearing a tight pair of skimpy shorts that exposed her posterior a bit and was wearing that thing I hear is called a 'tube' which also exposed her upper part of her chest!
Astaghfirullah hal azhim! The things they do nowadays! Hehehehe...the Malays have a saying 'Seram bulu roma!' Hahahahaha..means my body hairs stand right up ..either of fright or something else!...hehehehehe..
Okay back to the story!...I couldn't help noticing my fellow motorists reactions upon seeing the 'sexy' lady crossing before us!
Each and everyone of them were practically straining their necks as much as they could taking in the very attractive sight before them! Almost a 180 degrees around I would say!
Knowing a bit of the Hokkien dialect which is widely spoken by Penang Chinese, I shouted out to them over the drone of our motorcycle engines as we chugged along on our ways.
'Hello ! Peng yu aa! Lu lang kua hamiq?' Which means 'Hello friend! What were you looking at?'
One of them closest to me replied, 'Aiyaa! Lu bo kua aa? Fuyoo!!! Free 'show' maa!' in mixed Hokkien and a phrase of English thrown in! It meant ' Aiyaa! You didn't see? That free show?'
Hehehehe... call it animal instincts or a manly trait but we all sort of shook our helmeted heads and rode on grinning about the whole scenario we all just witnessed!
Further down the road, we encountered a Malay lady dressed in jubah and tudung labuh who crossed the road as we came close to her!
I purposely cried out to the Chinese guys who didn't give her a second look , ' Hei ! Peng yu! Hami su lu bo kua chi le chabo lang eh? which meant 'Hey ! Friend! Why did you not look at the lady just now? to which he replied 'Kua hami? Be sai kua hami pun eh!' meaning 'Look at what? There's nothing to see !'
To which we all laughed aloud and carried on riding our bikes to our destinations.
With a wave of my hand signalling goodbye to them, we then rode away from each other once I reached the Bagan Jermal roundabout on my way to Batu Ferringhi to meet a moneychanger friend of mine, Haji Mohd Kamil of Ruhanmas Trading.
This is the incident I recall which brings to mind the reasons why Almighty God, Allahu Akbar who knows us His Creation best , tells us what to do and how to live our lifes.
I told this story to the Belgium visitors in the picture above and they all agreed that it is true that an exposed woman does attract the attention of men for that is just the natural instincts in mankind.
I then asked another visitor, a Korean man who was nearby and asked him a very challenging question!
I asked him as to what he will look at when he sees a woman? This sort of got the fella by surprise and he sort of got blushing and laughed! He said he didn't know to which we all laughed.
I then explained that when a man looks at a woman, the first thing he would do is to look at her face. If the face was attractive enough, he would not look at other areas and would focus on just that.
If the woman wasn't attractive enough by her looks, he would then look at her bosom area which is another natural attractive aspect of a woman's physique.
There's nothing to be shy in admitting that men all over the world do have a common trait that is to ogle at a woman's attributes in the bosom area!
Those who say no are either hypocrites or something wrong about their manliness! Straight to the point! No beating around the bush! Let's call a spade just that!
If that area isn't that attractive due to a less developed womanly physique, any natural full blooded male would then focus his attentions to the posterior of a woman!
A well developed 'Jennifer Lopez' type of posterior will naturally cause every normal man to look at that part of a woman's physique!
Allah the Almighty takes care of the wandering eyes of a man by giving him this commandment in the Holy Qur'an,
God's Last Testament to all Mankind in :Surah An Nuur Chapter 24 Verse 30 :
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'Say to the believing men : They must lower their eyesight (from looking at the exposed aurat of women who are not halal for them ) and guard their private parts (from sinful acts) ; verily that is much more better for them, verily Allah is all Aware of what they do'.
Followed by Verse 31 :
and Say to the Believing Women that they cast down their looks (from looking at the exposed aurat of the men who are not halal for them )and guard their private parts (from sinful acts) and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and tell them to wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and to not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.
This commandment by Allah, our God and Creator is because He knows what's in our hearts and our minds. This sexual attraction that exists in each and every humanbeing, male and female is a natural instinct that transcends all ethnicities, all creeds and all social standings.
Be us kings or commoners, rich or poor, young and old, smart and stupid, no matter who we are, each and every one of us are susceptible to our passions, our emotions and our lusts.
No matter where we are or in whatever position, we are faced with this state of choice to control ourselves especially in these times when women display themselves so shamelessly with total abandon.
What more of those unthinking ones who post pictures and videos of themselves in the internet , viewed by billions of people, strangers and those who are haram (forbidden) to them?
A blogger accuses me of being a moral police! Yes, if only I had the authority of a policeman, I'd make sure that none out there whom I come across will be left to destroy themselves due to their ignorance!
The irony is that in today's gone crazy society, the more we try to help to correct them, the more we will be accused of being an extremist and a bloody fundamentalist! A renegade! A killjoy! Spoilsport! Hrmmmmmmph!
O Allah! You know me best! I am not perfect not ever will I be! I have mountains of sins to answer for myself and to which I implore you to forgive me and cleanse me of my mistakes.
My remaining seconds of my life will be utilised to improve myself and those whom I am responsible for. I will invite all (Mankind) to Your Way with wisdom and beautiful preaching and reason with them ( disbelievers and faultfinders) in ways that are best and most gracious!
Insya Allah! I swear before You who created me and all of us humanbeings!
Wallahi wabillahi Rabbil Alameen.