Hijab Quotes in Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah
SHAFANA: I want to put on the hijab.
SARRINAH: Hijab is an Arabic word. Meaning partition. We are not Arabs. We are Persians.
SHAFANA: What do you think?
SARRINAH: This is an option for all Muslim women. Down the trail.
SHAFANA: Mum said that she had been contemplating on it for the past five years but had never taken the step to do it. Dad asked me if I was sure of what I was doing. Had I thought about all the consequences, all the things that are going on around the world, all the employment considerations.
SARRINAH: But if you really feel it in your heart these are not reasons not to do it.
SHAFANA: That’s right.
SARRINAH: And is that how you feel?
SHAFANA: I want to make real the change that has happened to me, that God really is there and I believe that.
SHAFANA: I am not thinking of it for any of those reasons. All you have mentioned is about consequences. I am not motivated by any of that.
SHAFANA: No. Do you want to hear? Do you want to hear me when I say that I want to put on the scarf because this is who I am and I feel this is what I want to do? It is for me, not for anyone else. One night I was reading the Qur’an and it just occurred to me, I don’t even recall what passage or where, and it just occurred to me, ‘Why am I not wearing the scarf, what is stopping me?’
SHAFANA: Have you heard of the soft revolution?
SARRINAH: No. Or… it’s… is it?
SHAFANA: It’s young Muslims who reject both extremists and liberals. They… fight… for human rights… for change to the Hadith… There is a project. It could be the most intellectually active period for Islam since the height of scholarship in the Middle ages.
SARRINAH: And you want to be part of it?
SHAFANA: I don’t know. But for them, for some, the veil is a mask in the power struggle against the dictatorship of men.
SARRINAH: My faith is between me and God. The Qur’an speaks directly to me, Sarrinah, today.
SHAFANA: Of course.
SARRINAH: It is a fundamental part of who I am.
SHAFANA: It is all of who I am.
SARRINAH: No. There is faith and there is reason. There is religion and there is civil society. There is belief and there is the law.
SHAFANA: But your faith touches every part of your life.
SARRINAH: No. My faith is private and cultural. But it is not the answer to all the freedoms we have struggled for.
SHAFANA: But how can you say that?
SARRINIAH: Because I have seen what your brand of religion can do. I have witnessed what your brand of fanaticism can destroy.
SHAFANA: Your solution is just to hide? Fade into the background.
SARRINAH: That’s not what I’m saying.
SHAFANA: Assimilate. Disappear into the masses. Never speak up, never stand up. Well, maybe if you’d spoken up in Afghanistan the country wouldn’t be in the mess it is in now.
SARRINAH: You’ll see me. I’ll see you. But we won’t be able to… see each other.
SHAFANA: Why are you being so ruthless?
SARRINAH: We can pretend. We can pretend that this is a disagreement about… oh, I don’t know… what TV chef we like best. Let’s pretend it’s just like that. And say… nothing. But, deeply, I am opposed to the path you advocate. Now.