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|Asalaam Alaikum, I am a reverted Muslima, and have been living in the USA since quite some time. I was wondering if someone could help me to understand one thing better: Islam said the Muslim Woman should primarily stay at home, but if she needs to leave the house, she should do this, properly veiled and accompanied by a immediate male family member. So far, so good, I understand the reasons behind this. But my question is, how do Muslim women in this time get exposed to natural sunlight and air, if, like here in the USA, most of us have to live in small little apartments with no private garden and when we go out we have to veil ourselves completely? I know about a sister who is right now facing extreme health problems, since her body wasn't exposed to natural sunlight since quite a few years. What can be done to change the situation without getting "naked" in the public? I sincerely hope you might have a solution to this problem. Fi amanillah, A sister in Islam|
|Amani Aboul Fadl Farag|
Second, my understanding of your word "veil", is that it is a face cover, and I think it is a matter of difference among scholars, unlike the head and body cover that we term hijab. Thus when we talk about veil we should rather say: "some scholars said X" and not "Islam said X".
Third, I'm not sure that there must be a male to accompany women for their regular in-town outings. I think you have gone too far in establishing unnecessary requirements and restrictions for a woman to go out while Allah made women responsible, wise and trustworthy enough not to have such mandates over them.
Regarding your question, I can supply you with some ideas that I saw the sisters doing during my visits to them in the States or Europe. You can make a weekly get-together, in the open air. This can be either in the back yard of the local mosque or at the Islamic school - if present - where you can take off your hijab and enjoy a social day with the sisters and the children. But, of course you have to be sure that the place is well protected from the eyes of trespassers!
I also saw some sisters in the States, whom Allah blessed with big houses and swimming pools, competing to host those weekly meetings. This is, with other sisters available to help in the preparation and tiding up the place afterward. They simply volunteer to win the great reward from Allah as the Prophet (may peace be upon him) said:
"Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the grieves of the Day of Judgment. And whosoever alleviates the lot of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his lot in this world and the next." (Muslim)
He also said:
"By Him in Whose Hands is my life, no bondsman truly believes till he likes for his brother whatever he likes for himself." (Muslim)
I understand that after you had reverted, some necessary situations of life became less easy and accessible as before. This is especially in societies, where the practicing Muslims are only minorities. Thus, they cannot choose for themselves. Nevertheless, the harder your life has become and the more patience you have for the sake of Allah, the higher your jihad (striving for the sake of Allah) and the greater your reward will be.
Allah also said, about those who sacrifice and suffer for fear of disobeying Him:
And He said:
May God bless you and ease all your troubles. God willing there will be a day, when you are strong enough to have your demands met in your community. Even we, here in the Islamic world, we used to live years of suffering and deprivation until Allah blessed us with all the sporting clubs giving us days for ladies to use courts and swimming pools. I have also heard that women in the Islamic Republic of Iran have their own beaches!