Assalamualaikum,When i read this news, i was like.. Astaghfirullahal azim.. What more can i say? I am so shock to hear this news. I can't believe my eyes. If they really do it, banning the purdah which i hope they won't then i guess i won't go to Kelantan because i don't want to remove my veil and let men see my face. To me, if the authorities want to see my face for identification then i will lift my veil but do they really need to ban the niqab for security reason? This will be unfair to women who choose to cover their faces for the sake of Allah. Some of you may ask why do you want to cover your face so much? or why would Muslim women want to cover their faces so much? I have more reasons to cover my face than not to.
1. I choose to cover my face full time because i want to follow the footsteps of the Prophet's wives and the female companions. I want to imitate them and i dream to be with them in Jannah IshaAllah because
"The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: He who copies any people is one of them." - Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 32, #4020 - Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar.
2. I don't like men to see my face. Before i wear face veil, i felt uncomfortable when men look at my face so i decided to cover my face.
I wore niqab after high school with a little knowledge of it. I only knew that wearing niqab is highly recommended but i never knew that some scholars say it is obligatory. After i figured it out i was shocked to know that. Then i started to read everything about niqab. I'm afraid what if it's really obligatory but i don't wear it then what will i answer when Allah question me about it?
I cover my face in front of non-mahram men not because my father or brother ask me to . Nobody force me to wear face veil. I believe this is the best dress for me and i believe this is the best dress for all women. I am a Muslim woman and i want to be recognize as a Muslim woman. Face veil/niqab/purdah is my protection. I feel protected, secured, modest when i wear this dress. Niqab is really a great blessing from Allah for Muslim women. Only the wearer of niqab understand it's value.
I want to tell the Muslims and the authorities, don't ask Muslim women to remove their face veil without a valid reason according to shari'ah and don't even think of banning the niqab. This is our rights and we are free to fully cover ourselves without your permission. To those who claims that niqab is not part of Islam, ask forgiveness from Allah. Wake up Muslims! You have other important things to focus on then doing this 'banning' thing which is harmful to this ummah. Bear in mind that the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alaihi wasallam is the correct path and have success in it.