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Suby In The House

This shot was also taken on the same day as yesterdays shot.

During the time I took this shot, there was a whole debate raging in the UK regarding the wearing of the Niqab (a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil)  to work.  I believe in religious tolerance, and believe we should all respect and love each other no matter our religion, race or colour.

NOTE:There are different hardscarves in different styles worn by muslim women:

The Hijab, Niqab, Burka(covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through), Al-Amira, Shayla, Khimar & Chador.

I am Christian, my wife is Muslim, if my wife decided to start wearing any form of headscarf tomorrow, it would be her choice which I would be happy with, however I found myself last year being a little angry at the nature of the heated debate regarding the wearing of the Niqab in the UK. There is a saying/idiom, "When in Rome do as the Romans do" . My mother lived in Al-kharj in Saudi Arabia for about 5 years and when she went out, the only way to recognise her was by looking at her shoes, yes she had to wear a Burka (or Abaya) every time she went out of her compound or went to work for those 5 years, and my mum is as Christian as they come, but she had to obey the rules and laws of the country she lived in. Well if she didn't she had the lovely 'Mutawa' (religious police) to contend with.

The UK is a multi-cultural/religious society and allows the wearing of all religious headscarves except in some certain situations i.e a teacher teaching should not have her face covered which from where I sit is very understandable, but then what happens when the authorities politely ask that this headscarf with face covered (a full Niqab) not cover the face, uproar, scandal, screams of religious intolerance by some, shouts of how the UK should and will be a muslim society come rain or shine. This then leads to more religious intollerance in my veiw (see what happened in France).

I am one for integration into whatever society we find ourselves, what is the essence in me going to live in France if I am never going to learn the culture and the language of the French?

I see it this way, in your daily life, feel free to wear whatever you deem comfortable, the clothes sometimes helps define a person. However in a society like ours, where it is not the norm to either go naked to work or show up at work covered from head to foot, try to tamper your dress code with some thought to those around you or the society you work in. What may be the norm in one part of the world maynot be the norm in another part.

And as harsh as it may sound, if it don't make you happy not to go naked or fully covered up to work, go to the nearest world map, find a place that accepts it, and hop on the next plane to that region of the world and live happy ever after.

Words & Photography by Suby

Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do.....

"Ars longa, vita brevis

Headscarves

Subysphoto

Suby In The House

This shot was also taken on the same day as yesterdays shot.

During the time I took this shot, there was a whole debate raging in the UK regarding the wearing of the Niqab (a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil)  to work.  I believe in religious tolerance, and believe we should all respect and love each other no matter our religion, race or colour.

NOTE:There are different hardscarves in different styles worn by muslim women:

The Hijab, Niqab, Burka(covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through), Al-Amira, Shayla, Khimar & Chador.

I am Christian, my wife is Muslim, if my wife decided to start wearing any form of headscarf tomorrow, it would be her choice which I would be happy with, however I found myself last year being a little angry at the nature of the heated debate regarding the wearing of the Niqab in the UK. There is a saying/idiom, "When in Rome do as the Romans do" . My mother lived in Al-kharj in Saudi Arabia for about 5 years and when she went out, the only way to recognise her was by looking at her shoes, yes she had to wear a Burka (or Abaya) every time she went out of her compound or went to work for those 5 years, and my mum is as Christian as they come, but she had to obey the rules and laws of the country she lived in. Well if she didn't she had the lovely 'Mutawa' (religious police) to contend with.

The UK is a multi-cultural/religious society and allows the wearing of all religious headscarves except in some certain situations i.e a teacher teaching should not have her face covered which from where I sit is very understandable, but then what happens when the authorities politely ask that this headscarf with face covered (a full Niqab) not cover the face, uproar, scandal, screams of religious intolerance by some, shouts of how the UK should and will be a muslim society come rain or shine. This then leads to more religious intollerance in my veiw (see what happened in France).

I am one for integration into whatever society we find ourselves, what is the essence in me going to live in France if I am never going to learn the culture and the language of the French?

I see it this way, in your daily life, feel free to wear whatever you deem comfortable, the clothes sometimes helps define a person. However in a society like ours, where it is not the norm to either go naked to work or show up at work covered from head to foot, try to tamper your dress code with some thought to those around you or the society you work in. What may be the norm in one part of the world maynot be the norm in another part.

And as harsh as it may sound, if it don't make you happy not to go naked or fully covered up to work, go to the nearest world map, find a place that accepts it, and hop on the next plane to that region of the world and live happy ever after.

Words & Photography by Suby

Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do.....

"Ars longa, vita brevis

comments (9)

  • dotun
  • 29 Mar 2007, 04:14
nice composition, if this was mine, I will give it a skew fix.
Suby & Sinem: Thought of that, but thought the slight tilt worked fine smile

Suby
  • Robs
  • 29 Mar 2007, 05:03
Nice shot, and very interesting thoughts, quite long but very nice to read.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Rob, yeah I know quite long, once I started writing, I could not stop myself grin

Suby
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 29 Mar 2007, 06:13
I agree with you on this sibject Suby! A little bit of tolerance on both sides and everything will be ok!
Suby & Sinem: 100% agree with you on that bro.

Suby
  • Raymond
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • 29 Mar 2007, 10:55
Hey, I think they should be able to wear what is important to them. However, that problem hasn't reached my shores yet, but no doubt it will soon unfortunately. I am a Christian, it does make me sad when my fellow friends judge me (and others) for befriending Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other lifestyles... It is a darn shame that people wont allow peace, it is possible to find peace among us all but no one is willing to talk so peace could happen... Returning back to your argument, as long as you keep your faith in God not the material cloth then everything is good right?!

A vey moody picture, quite the activist. :p

-Raymond
Suby & Sinem: And I hope and pray it never does reach your shows somewhere over the rainbow grin

Me activist, nope just found myself pouring my thoughts on this image grin

Suby
This debate isn't all that prevalent here, at least not in terms of everyday life. With the exception, of perhaps in issues of identification such as when obtaining a driver's license and such.

Certain situations have arisen for religious dictates concerning law enforcement officers and firefighters and wearing head coverings and beards, but I think it's not really about intolerance so much as old policy, and safety issues concerning the ability to wear protective gear such as air packs and the like that won't seal around a beard, or accommodate a large head covering. My husband's company, a private one, requires you to be clean shaven for that reason. They sometimes may be required to wear protective gear that cannot be worn to accommodate beards and head coverings like turbans.

I think a few issues arose regarding Muslim prayer in public schools. Here no one is allowed any prayer time during school due to the establishment clause in the Constitution which says there shall be no state religion and has been interpreted to mean that you cannot pray in school or other government establishment no matter what religion you are. Personally I think that's ridiculous and see no harm in setting aside time and space for people to pray if they are so inclined by their religious convictions, so long as it's not forced. The time could be used by the students to pray or to simply read, or study. The Constitution also states that it cannot get in the way of religious freedoms by disallowing religious practice. So the two schools of thought are diametrically opposed.

It's a complex issue and I'm sure there is no easy answer.

Nice photo and thought provoking post.
  • ta
  • 29 Mar 2007, 17:36
Look of the girl behind is so good Suby. smile
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 29 Mar 2007, 18:21
I will not get involved in the debate Subes, but yes, tolerance is a must from all and as it is not, that is why this wonderful world of ours is in such a sorry state. This is a super photo mate, I really like the high contrast approach and the juxtaposition between those "intolerable western influences" in the shopping bag and discarded cigarette and the traditional Muslim dress. Kind regards, Neil.
  • Abi
  • 30 Mar 2007, 11:15
I like the fact that you have a Mobile Phone and H&M bag in the shot
well said. great shot to

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