Farouk Hosni (Egyptian Culture Minister) said last Thursday that he thinks women with veils are taking a step behind. He said that in his personal opinion women should show their hair...etc.
Farouk Hosni in today's newspaper said he respects veiled women and thinks it is their choice (full article go here: http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?CurFN=egyp3.htm&DID=9040).
Over the past couple of days there has been a lot of criticizing going on against him for what he said.
Now, here are a few things i think we should keep in mind...
- If we want real democracy in our country we have to accept such opinions from people who have a different point of view. The guy said that this is "HIS" point of view. We have to give people the space to express themselves freely as long as they did not insult, curse, humiliate anyone (unlike the Pope comments or the Abdullah Kamal article i talked about before).
- If Farouk Hosni said that it (the veil) is not obligatory, than that would not be right, would it? because he would be "BEYFTY" while he has no in-depth knowledge of the issue. When it comes to fatwa, we go to the experts. It's like when you have to fix your car, you go to the mechanic not to the plumber...sa7?!
- Regardless of the fact that Al Azhar, mofti masr, the fikh books, the 4 A'ema (Shafi, Hanbali, Malki and Hanafi) and many more all say it is compulsory (via Quran and Suna), at the end of the day it should be up to the woman to decide whether to wear it or not. When a woman does something out of love and devotion to Allah.. she will do her best to show respect to it and try to represent it well. Surely, that is much better than someone forced to do something!
Now, what Hussein Fahmi (an Egyptian actor) said... that was very rude!
He (Hussein Fahmi) said that women who wear veils are "MENTALLY DEFORMED"..ahy dy 2let adab!
That is not freedom of speech...that's insulting millions of women who have the right to decide whether to wear the veil or not. This guy (Hussein Fahmi) needs to apologize... not Farouk Hosni!
Mood: Pissed off with Hussein Fahmi!