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This Is Why The Niqab Scares Me !

Muna Al-Fuzai

Muna Al-Fuzai

We can all recall the time when we were young and our mothers used to advise us not to speak to strangers out of fear they might kidnap us. As we grow older, we mix with lots of strangers in life, but we tend to remember that tip when something goes wrong.

My mother, may Allah rest her soul in peace, was not an exception, but she did not tell me anything about blackclad persons - I mean people who cover their faces with the niqab.

The school of life taught me that I should be careful. No thanks to terror groups who make us feel scared being close to any person who wears the niqab, regardless of the fact that he or she is a terrorist or not.

This is now becoming a general perception about the niqab all over the world.

Here is why: A Pakistani man was recently arrested dressed like a woman in a black abaya and niqab. The ‘woman’ was talking on a cell phone near a mosque in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh when stopped by a policeman.

The fact that he was posing as a woman with a niqab is worth questioning. The suspect was referred to relevant authorities for further investigation.

Why was this man pretending to be a woman and why was he covering his face? Maybe he was on his way to commit a crime and disappear without being noticed or seen due to the face cover, and no one would be able to identify him. I can’t think of any other reason.

Such acts create confusion and concern among the public. As long as I can’t see a face, I can’t communicate with a person. I can’t even identify him/ her. Some may claim that this man loves wearing women’s clothes and as long as nothing was found with him, he should be freed. I disagree.

We are in a culture that doesn’t permit men to put on women’s clothes in public, so when a man dons a niqab, then he has something on his mind and this is no doubt scary because no one knows what he is hiding underneath.

We are passing through a delicate security situation in Kuwait and the Middle East due to the spread of terror organizations and their active cells and followers.

The truth of the matter is that we do not know if we will be lucky enough to reach home in one piece, safe and sound. If terrorists can reach you in a mosque, this means no one is safe and they can target other places such as churches, malls, schools, etc. So we do need to be careful of the surroundings all the time and in all places.

Better safe than sorry.

By Muna Al-Fuzai
muna@kuwaittimes.net

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This article was published on 09/07/2015