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
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