Saturday, 1 November 2008

Economic Hijab

Recently I heard about a hip in some companies which refuse to employ unveiled women. The other day at the café I saw a woman in front of me in the queue, I thought I'm sure I saw her somewhere when she said hi to me, I smiled to her and replied. "I thought you wouldn't know me, I work in the university and I usually see you around, but I usually wear a veil for work" she said. I really appreciated her confidence, and I thought it is normal because I saw lots of women wear something different to work like Abaya while they usually don't in other places, thus I believed that her wish is of a personal decision.

On the way back home my uncle was talking to me about a fresh graduate woman who found a job and attended her first days when the manager asked for her and told her that she doesn't have to attend -since he knows her father- she replied that she wants to work, but his answer was that she has to wear a veil to stay in the job. She returned home with great depression. You know in women's hearts an issue like Hijab is of a great sensitivity, first of all it is relative, and secondly in his attitude with her, a spiritual or ethical question turns into economical. and as minimal as I know about economics is that we have to turn whats purely economics into something ethical, and in this it is not about the employers more than the work of the company and its projects.

I was searching in my father's library trying to understand the essence of the 20th century -which revealed beautifully in the books- when I found a shelf with all the Islamic researches at that time; Muhammed Qutub, Al-Ghazali, etc.. Then I found a little booklet just like those on the shelves of hospitals' waiting rooms. It was published in Kuwait during the 1970s and it is called "Segregation" the first page in the book said that the aim of this issue is to make a women's college, I said wow!

And wondered all day long, how come a person spends a life time to make an idea comes into reality. How come he/she/they never had a single moment of doubt in this idea. What makes segregation, or any other dogma becomes the infrastructure of Utopia? And were there any discussions without an offensive/deffensive method?

Getting back to that shelf, I stared at one title with wonder, "The Future is to This Religion"; the sound of it felt very economic*. As if the only great thing that Islam gave us is its political system. sorry, but I cannot see "religion" in the title fits at all. People in the time when Islamic political power was ultimate, are becoming Muslims because Muslims' good manners, and because their traders do not steal. That means respect comes at the first place, and respect doesn't mean becoming polite, it means you don't impose your ideologies on a person as if they shouldn't but agree.


* my opinion is that politics is the show business of economy, so there is no much of a difference.

1 comment:

Dalal Arch said...

I had this idea in my head for some time now, what would happen if I applied for at a job at KFH or Sorouh where wearing hijab is mandatory show up at the interview wearing a veil and continue wearing it for the first three months of work when they have the right to fire you with no specific reason and then all of the sudden I would show up to work not wearing it. could they really fire me ? if yes could I sue them ?
I think its as beyond wrong at this time and age to discriminate according to looks and personal choices. Married or not veiled or not ITS NOT RELEVANT !!!