Makow- What the Burka Means to Me
January 12, 2019
Since this article was written in 2002,
it has been reposted on numerous Muslim,
Christian and Hindu websites.
I revisit this reaffirmation
By Henry Makow Ph.D.
On my wall, I have a picture of a Muslim woman shrouded in a burka.
Beside it is a picture of an American beauty contestant, wearing nothing but a bikini.
One woman is totally hidden from the public; the other is totally exposed. These two extremes say a great deal about the clash of so-called "civilizations."
The role of woman is at the heart of any culture. Apart from stealing Arab oil, the turmoil in the Middle East is about stripping Muslims of their religion and culture, exchanging the burka for a bikini.
I am not an expert on the condition of Muslim women and I love feminine beauty too much to advocate the burka here. But I am defending some of the values that the burka represents for me.
For me, the burka represents a woman's consecration to her husband and family. Only they see her. It affirms the privacy, exclusivity and importance of the domestic sphere.
The Muslim woman's focus is her home, the "nest" where her children are born and reared. She is the "home" maker, the taproot that sustains the spiritual life of the family, nurturing and training her children, providing refuge and support to her husband.
In contrast, the bikinied American beauty queen struts practically naked in front of millions on TV. A feminist, she belongs to herself. In practice, paradoxically, she is public property. She belongs to no one and everyone. She shops her body to the highest bidder. She is auctioning herself all of the time.
In America, the cultural measure of a woman's value is her sex appeal. (As this asset depreciates quickly, she is neurotically obsessed with appearance and plagued by weight problems.)
(left, "role model" Miley Cyrus)
As an adolescent, her role model is Miley Cyrus, a singer whose act approximates a strip tease. From Miley, she learns that she will be loved only if she gives sex. Thus, she learns to "hook up" furtively rather than to demand patient courtship, love and marriage.
As a result, dozens of males know her before her husband does. She loses her innocence, which is a large part of her charm. She becomes hardened and calculating. Unable to love, she is unfit to receive her husband's seed.
The feminine personality is founded on the emotional relationship between mother and baby. It is based on nurturing and self-sacrifice.
Masculinity is founded on the relationship between hunter and prey. It is based on aggression and reason.
Feminism deceives women to believe femininity has resulted in "oppression" and they should adopt male behavior instead.
The result: a confused and aggressive woman with a large chip on her shoulder, unfit to become a wife or mother.
This is the goal of the NWO social engineers: undermine sexual identity and destroy the family, create social and personal dysfunction, and reduce the population. In the "brave new world," women are not supposed to be mothers and progenitors of the race. They are meant to be autonomous sex objects.
Liberating women is often given as an excuse for the war in places like Afghanistan. Liberating them to what? To Miley Cyrus? To low-rise "see-my-thong" pants? To the mutual masturbation that passes for sexuality in America? If they really cared about women, maybe they'd end the war.
Parenthood is the pinnacle of human development. It is the stage when we finally graduate from self-indulgence and become God's surrogates: creating and nurturing new life. Our children represent our natural growth. They are an extension of ourselves.
The New World Order does not want us to reach this level of maturity. Pornography is a substitute for marriage. We are to remain single: stunted, sex-starved and self-obsessed.
They don't want us to have a permanent "private" life. We are meant to remain lonely and isolated, in a state of perpetual courtship, dependent on consumer products for our identity.
This is especially destructive for a woman. Her sexual attraction is a function of her fertility. As fertility declines, so does her sex appeal. If a woman devotes her prime years to become "independent," she is not likely to find a permanent mate.
Her long-term personal fulfilment and happiness lie in making marriage and family her first priority.
Feminism is another cruel New World Order hoax that has debauched American women and despoiled Western civilization. It has ruined millions of lives and represents a lethal threat to Islam.
I am not advocating the burka but rather some of the values that it represents, specifically a woman's consecration to her future husband and family, and the modesty and dignity this entails.
The burka and the bikini represent two extremes. The answer lies somewhere in the middle.
New First Comment from Amana, a burka-wearing woman
I read your article regarding the contrast between bikini and burka and in fact, I had read a long time back n loved it then. I really appreciate your emphasis on modesty family values and so on.
Let me tell you as a Muslim woman who transitioned from a fairly modern educated girl to now a hijabi niqaabi( face covering woman).
I had an English medium education from a well-reputed school in my country. I was an American at heart..I watched Hollywood movies listened to the American rock pop music n spoke fluent English.
For me, that was something to be proud of. I never valued much the best blessing in the world called Islam my religion. However after my father's death that changed. Something inside me broke and I started wondering about the purpose of my life. I ended up reading my holy book Quran under teachers n realized the treasure it had. This time I started changing from inside n its been 10 years now. I never covered my head in my own Muslim country but became a niqaabi in America. My husband and I joke about how I was an American at heart back in my own country and a thorough proud happy Muslimah in the US. I am married with 4 kids that I homeschool as I want to inculcate in my kids the real values my religion tells. I have seen read and heard enough about the sorry state of the country I once idealized
All that is gone now. God guided me and showed me what really is beyond all the deception. I am awake to everything around me. I thank Allah every day for taking me out of the darkness of ignorance and showing me light and what it truly means to be a Muslim woman.
And one last thing, taking a Burka is the most amazingly beautiful and liberating experience of my life. I swear I can challenge any woman on this planet to show me she has the same peace in her heart as I do. I cover myself, I look after the needs of my husband and kids and in return treated like a queen by my husband. And I don't want to give up this role for a million dollars.
I hate it when brainwashed zombies say Muslim women are forced to or this is a culture..its not a culture its a command of God Almighty. Too bad Christians don't follow the steps of Mary the mother of Jesus while Muslim women do. Paul abolished the law hence today christian women dont practice it. Swine is fine to eat and hijab is practised by the nuns only. The Christianity today is not in its original form anymore. it's Pauline Christianity where a lot of commands are in sheer contradiction to commands of God.
I ask everyone who has learnt Islam only from fox CNN etc to do some unbiased study and ask the scholars of Islam. I swear if they are sincere they will embrace it with all their heart inshallah.
A Muslim woman