Islamic belief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 October, 1994, 12:00am

I WRITE regarding the letter by Rebecca Santos, headlined 'Stupid rule' (South China Morning Post, October 20).

It is unfortunate that Ms Santos chooses to use derogatory adjectives such as 'stupid' when referring to the Islamic dress code prescribed for women.

Judging from previous anti-Islamic sentiments expressed by Ms Santos, it would appear that her criticisms are a reflection of her personal resentment towards Islam and not an objective assessment of the dress code.

I see no point in explaining the wisdom of the Islamic dress code to Ms Santos as I believe any explanation would be futile as far as she is concerned.

I would however like to point out that no true Muslim woman would consider rebelling against the rule, not because of a fear of 'men knocking them down', but because Muslims believe the rule is a direct command from God.

There is absolutely no need for Ms Santos to despair or bleed in sympathy for Muslim women, her sympathy would be better directed at women in Western societies where the instances of rape and other forms of sexual exploitation far outweigh those experienced in Muslim countries.

I would appeal to Ms Santos to be considerate and avoid using terminology which is highly objectionable to Muslims.

Islam teaches tolerance and so, in spite of the fact that Muslims may not agree with certain ideologies expressed in other religions, they are required to respect the entitlement of non-Muslims to their own beliefs.