Saudi Women Wear Burqa to Avoid Attracting Men

Often cited as an Islamic tradition, the burqa is not only worn by Arabs but women in Afghanistan, Muslim majority areas of India, Iran, most tribal and urban areas of Pakistan and Central Asia.

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In Saudi women wear burqa to avoid attracting men.  Wow, quite a controversial subject, isn’t it? Does it really work?  We’re going to talk about that and more so, keep scrolling already to find out if men are turned off to the fact women wear burqa to avoid attracting men. 

With the talk of women empowerment around every corner of the world, a continuous research on promotion of gender equality and the endless search for a world that can liberate women from sexually biased societal norms, there are often debates surrounding Islamic dress code in the modern society. It has been and continues to be, a strongly held tradition among Muslim women.

However, people around the world question Islamic dressing style, even a part of the Muslim population themselves. They question the authority of the Mullahs and Muslim males in dictating how a Muslim woman should dress.

Defendants, on the other hand, claim that the burqa upholds the Islamic clothing rules as a tradition of protecting a woman’s modesty.

The controversy that surrounds it has become even greater since the European nations tried to ban it, leading to furious rampages across the world and a fight for the rights of women to wear whatever they want to.

The main question here is: Do the Arab women wear a burqa to avoid attracting men towards themselves?

As a woman of Muslim birth and heritage, having spent several years in Arab with the black veil over me, I say yes.

The primary goal in a woman’s mind when she dons it is to safeguard herself from prying looks and unwanted gestures from the male population.

Being a Muslim woman, I say the burqa has failed to safeguard women in Arab. Rape, molestation and unwanted approaches by the male population are frequently heard, and often not reported. If it isn’t worn to protect women from male attraction, then why is it worn?

While it is understandable women wear it because they’ve seen other women wear it and accept it as a part of their culture or as the Islamic dress code for female, or they do believe they are protected by being fully covered, many other Arab and non-Arab women do not feel the same.

The Gift of a Patriarchal Society?

There have been debates, discussions, and claims by Arab women that the burqa has been thrust upon them by some fanatic, patriarchal Mullahs (Muslim religious heads).

They want women to remain constrained and on a lower status than men so women claim no rights or privileges for themselves. Women believe that they are thought of and treated as less important than the male population in Arab.

Another example of lowering women’s status in the society is the ban on female drivers. It is absolutely disappointing that a wealthy country like Arabia that claims to give Islamic rights to the female population has still not allowed female drivers to come onto the road.

Women, who “dare” to do so, face imprisonment and punishment.

It has been observed that even with the burqa covering the female population wherever they go, rape incidents in Arabia continue to increase. In addition to that, several women have protested the unfair treatment that the rape victim receives at the end of the law.

If the burqa is made compulsory upon Muslin women by the Saudi law to “protect” them, then surely this should not be happening? Surely, Islam does not force boundaries on women that fail to safeguard them?

Women Wear Burqa to Avoid Attracting Men: An Islamic Tradition?

Men and women, who claim this dress code is Islamic, need to be reminded that Islam asks for no dress code anywhere in any of its concepts.

All the religion ask is for men and women to protect themselves and others from immodesty, through actions and a way of dress that is not revealing or attention seeking.

But nowhere has it asked for women to cover themselves up in a stitched black gown that is not only uncomfortable at times but also contrary to human nature.

What about the Islamic dress code for male? If Islam asks men to protect themselves and others in the same way, then clearly, they need to wear a burqa as well, so that they “see no woman”, “hear no woman” and “speak” to no woman on the street as she goes around doing her work?

If this could be termed as a good way to stop attracting men to women, then surely be it.

A step towards a better world

The burqa, as a free will of the women who wear it, is and should not be, condemned anywhere in the world.

All that we as people need to understand is that women, like men, need to be given the freedom to dress as they like, protect themselves as they want and to not be confined to rules and regulations that they themselves are not ready to oblige to.

To prevent “attracting” males towards a female, the society needs to educate the males and females about their rights and responsibilities as a part of the society.

Instead of imposing limitations on the female population, Arab would do so much better if it can enlighten men about the difference between wanted and unwanted attention and approach.

The Arab world has been regarding attraction between males and females as a stigma for a long time. While trying to create a balance between the modern and archaic concepts, cultures, and traditions, Arab is liberating its male population and confining its female population.

Islam should not be used as an excuse for actions that are driven by ignorance of religion. The mere fact women wear burqa to avoid attracting men is insane. 

The burqa is not a solution in itself to stop the societal norms from being turned upside down. Education about modesty, self-control, and self-regulation is all that prevents the degradation of the female population all around the world. 

With much hope, there would be a time when females would not have to dress or undress according to the whims of the world and be the strong, independent and self-reliant females that they deserve to be.


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