The Case of the Mysterious Mummy

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Original image courtesy of Rooney.

No, I do not mean “mummy” as in mother. I mean the real thing — you know, the one all wrapped up in gauze or canvas or whatever it is. The reason why I bring this up is not because I’ve been watching too many horror movies, but because in a strange, mystifying way, mummies and the average Muslim girl wearing hijab have some things in common. Keep your laughter to the end, please.

1) Mummies are cool.

Ever wondered why everyone awes over mummies? It’s because they are unique and remind others of past cultures and civilizations. In the same way, you, dear sister, are cool, but not because whenever you walk by, the word “history” pops into the minds of people. Instead, it’s because you are a living, breathing, walking ayah (or sign). Whether you like it or not when you are in public, out of curiosity almost everyone is aware and watching what you are doing. And so remember that actions speak louder than words.

2) Take me with you.

When mummies are placed in their tombs, all of their treasures come along with them. Little do they realize that on the Day of Judgement, none of their worldly objects can help them enter Paradise.

All right, so I guess this is more of a difference between a mummy and a ‘hijabi’, or any other Muslim man or woman. On that day, it’s just you, your deeds, and Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala. Your deeds are your treasures, and it’s what you strive to take with you!

3) Covered up from head to toe.

I thought I’d leave the most blatant for last. The same saying goes for mummies as it does for Muslim sisters: “There is more than meets the eye.” However, this could be taken in two ways:

The first being, while mummies may look decently clean on the outside, behind the layers of wrapping is a whole different story. In the same way, while a Muslimah may appear to be modestly covered, one must remember that it is both the outside and the inside that matter. As stated in the Qur’an, in Surat Al-Mulk, “And conceal your speech or publicize it; indeed, He (Allah) is knowing of that within the breasts” (67:13). As Muslim sisters, we must remember that the true reason behind why we wear hijab is because it is an order from our Lord, and by wearing it we are looking to please only Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and no one else. At the same time, we must keep in mind that purifying our insides is just as important as keeping our outsides modestly covered.

The second way one could take this is that, as Muslim women, we are capable of doing more-than-great things, despite the conclusions (such as “oppression”) others come up with based on what they see. And I leave you with the following words of Sheikh Khalid Yasin, “Let’s not ask a non-Muslims about how Muslim women feel…If you want to be fair, ask a Muslim woman.”