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كانت عرب تايمز قد تلقت رسالة بالبريد الإلكتروني من الملكة رانيا ملكة الأردن توضح فيها رأيها بمسألة الحجاب عند المرأة المسلمة بخاصة وان الملكة أثارت استياء واسعا بين المسلمين في أمريكا عندما ظهرت في برنامج المذيعة الأمريكية الشهيرة اوبرا ويمفري لتقول أن الحجاب ليس فرضا على المرأة المسلمة وانما هو من قبيل العادات الاجتماعية ... وقد خالفتها في الرأي سيدة أمريكية مسلمة محجبة تعمل في إحدى الصحف الأمريكية الصادرة في شيكاغو .

بعد ظهور الملكة في برنامج اوبرا ويمفري كتبت كلمة نبهت فيها الملكة إلى آيتين كريمتين تنصان صراحة على الحجاب ... ويبدو أن نشرنا للموضوع قد أصاب القصر الأردني بحرج ... وبعد أيام تلقينا اتصالا هاتفيا من شخص ادعى انه يتحدث من الديوان الملكي الأردني وقال المتصل أن جلالتها ترغب بالرد .

مرت أيام قليلة على الاتصال قبل ان يصلنا الرد عبر البريد الإلكتروني ...كان الرد باللغة الإنجليزية وكان مشروطا بشرطين : الأول ان لا يتم نشر عنوان الملكة الإلكتروني ... والثاني : ان لا يتم نشر الرد في أي مطبوعة اخرى .

وافقنا على الشرطين ونشرنا الرد بعد ان حذفنا منه عنوان الملكة الإلكتروني .

نشرنا لمقال الملكة اثار ردود فعل مختلفة بخاصة وانه تبين ان ردها منسوخ بالحرف من كتابات لشخص كان قد ادعى النبوة في اريزونا ومات مقتولا اسمه رشاد خليفة .

بعد أربعين يوما وردنا خطاب من محام في نيويورك ينفي ان تكون الملكة رانيا هي كاتبة الرسالة ويطلب من الجريدة حذف رسالتها والاعتذار ... وقد رد الزميل مستشار التحرير الدكتور أسامة فوزي برسالة طلب فيها من المحامي الإفصاح عن الجهة التي طلبت منه مكاتبة الجريدة بخاصة وان معلوماتنا تؤكد ان الملكة هي كاتبة المقال ... وقام الزميل اسامة فوزي بتزويد المحامي بصورة طبق الأصل عن رسالة الملكة رانيا بما في ذلك عنوانها الإلكتروني الذي يبدو واضحا انه عنوان الديوان الملكي الأردني وان الرسالة قد خرجت من السيرفر المركزي للديوان الملكي وتحديدا من كومبيوتر الملكة رانيا .

حدث هذا قبل خمسة اشهر تقريبا ... وحتى اليوم لم نستلم رد محامي الملكة كما انه لم يرفع علينا دعوى قضائية ... وان كنا قد جهزنا أنفسنا للدخول في معركة قضائية مع الملكة رانيا في محاكم هيوستون بل وجهزنا مجموعة الأسئلة التي نرغب بطرحها على الملكة في جلسة استنطاق كنا نخطط لعقدها للملكة في مكتب محامينا في هيوستون وفقا للقانون الأمريكي .... وعلمنا من مصادرنا الخاصة في الأردن ان رسالة الملكة أثارت لغطا كبيرا في الاردن احرج القصر مما ادى بالملكة إلى إنكار علاقتها بالرسالة ... ويبدو ان رسالة المحامي لا تهدف الى مقاضاتنا بقدر ما تهدف الى تزويد الملكة بوثيقة يمكن ان تعرضها امام الاخرين في الاردن لتؤكد ما تدعيه من انها ليس كاتبة الرسالة ... وقد تكون فعلا ليست هي الكاتبة ولكن المؤكد ان الرسالة خرجت من كومبيوتر الملكة ومن عنوانها الإلكتروني فضلا عن الاتصال الهاتفي الذي اجري معنا قبل إرسال الرسالة ... هذا الى جانب اننا لا نرى اية مصلحة لاي طرف ان يبعث الينا برسالة من هذا النوع وضمن هذه الشروط باسم الملكة ودون معرفتها .... بخاصة وان الرسالة جاءت الينا بعد قيامنا بنشر انتقادات لرأي الملكة حول الحجاب والذي ادلت به في برنامج اوبرا وينفري .

فيما يلي ننشر ثلاث رسائل باللغة الإنجليزية ... الاولى تتضمن الرسالة التي وصلت الينا من الملكة رانيا وهذه المرة ننشرها دون حذف عنوان الملكة الإلكتروني .... والثانية تتضمن رسالة المحامي الذي يمثل الملكة .... والثالثة هي رد الدكتور أسامة على محامي الملكة .

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A Message from Her Majesty Queen Rania to Arab Times:

God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, insists on making His religion easy, 
practical and enjoyable for His true believers. God also told us that those 
who reject Him or His books are making life miserable for themselves and for 
their loved ones who follow in their footsteps. 
He reminds us in the Quran that He has placed no hardship on us in practicing 
our religion (see Quran 22:78)
God established also several rules in His book, the Quran, for His TRUE 
believers. Breaking any of His rules or refusing any of them means loss, 
misguidance, misery and eternal suffering. 


To understand a topic like the DRESS CODE for Muslim Women, we need to review 
quickly some of these rules established by our Creator, God Almighty, to whom 
we will be responsible for our deeds. Every rule is important and every rule is 
meant to be. 

(1) The Quran is a complete book, See Quran 6:19,38,114, 115, 12:111 and 
50:45. 

Remember that when God says that His book is complete, it means 100% complete. 


(2) The Quran is perfect; no mistakes, no falsehood, no nonsense. See Quran 
41:42,12:40, 30:30, 30:43 and 98:5

(3) The Quran is detailed, and when God says He detailed His book it means 
FULLY detailed. God does not do half jobs. See Quran 6:114, 7:52, 11:1, 41:3, 
10:37 and 12:111 

(4) God does not need any addition to His book. God teaches us in the Quran 
that He does not run out of words and that if He so willed He could have given 
us hundreds, thousands or millions of books besides the Quran (see Quran 
18:109). Since the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, God did not 
give us any more books. 

(5) God calls His book, the Quran, the BEST HADITH. HE called on His true 
believers to accept no other hadiths as a source of this perfect religion . See 
Quran 7:185, 31:6, 39:23, 45:6, and 77:50.

(6) God calls on His true believers to make sure not to fall in the trap of 
idol-worship by following the words of the scholars instead of the words of 
God. See Quran 9:31 

(7) God calls those who prohibit what He did not prohibit, aggressors, liars 
and idol-worshipers. Idol-worship is the only unforgivable sin, if maintained 
till death. See Quran 5:87, 9:37, 7:32, 6:119, 6:140 and 10:59. 

(8) Muhammed is represented only by the Quran. The Prophet Muhammed was the 
last Prophet and a messenger of God (See Quran 33:40). He was not the messenger 
of God because of who he (Muhammed) was, but because he was given the Quran 
(the message) to deliver to the world. The religion of Islam is a religion of 
God, not about Muhammed, who was blessed by God with the delivery of the 
message of the Quran. He did not have an agenda of his own. His job was to 
deliver to the world what God was giving him, the Quran. See Quran 42:48, 
13:40, 5:99-100 
Muhammed cannot prohibit things, or make lawful things on his own. When he 
tried to do that God admonished him publicly, see Quran 66:1 

66:1 reminds us that God is the only ONE to prohibit or make things lawful. NO 
ONE can attribute to Muhammed a prohibition that God did not give him in the 
Quran. Anyone who tries to do so is admitting his/her refusal of God's words 
and commandments in the Quran. 

(9) The TRUE believers KNOW that when God says something, He means it, and 
when He does not, he means it as well. Everything given to us in the Quran was 
done deliberately and everything left out was also left out deliberately. 

God does not forget. See Quran 19:64. We are not to add to this religion what 
God deliberately left out and claim it to be from Him or His messenger. His 
messenger has only ONE message, the Quran. God already told us He does not run 
out of words. See Quran 18:109 

(10) God does not need us to improve on His book, the Quran, but we very much 
need Him for every aspect of our lives. Those who think they have some 
improvement on the Quran are but asking for recognition of their idols as gods 
besides the ONE and ONLY GOD. 

(11) God calls on His TRUE believers to verify every piece of information 
they see, hear or read, see Quran 17:36. 
So, Please VERIFY for yourself. 



THREE RULES FOR WOMEN DRESS CODE IN ISLAM


FIRST RULE: THE BEST GARMENT 
See Quran[7:26] 
This is the BASIC rule of DRESS CODE in the Quran. This is the first rule in 
WOMEN DRESS CODE in Islam. 


SECOND RULE: COVER YOUR BOSOMS 
The second rule can be found in Quran 24:31. Here God orders the women to cover 
their bosoms whenever they dress up. But before quoting 24:31 let us review 
some crucial words that are always mentioned with this topic, namely "Hijab" 
and "Khimar"


THE WORD "HIJAB" in the QURAN 
"Hijab" is the term used by many Muslims women to describe their head cover 
that may or may not include covering their face except their eyes, and 
sometimes covering also one eye. The Arabic word "Hijab" can be translated into 
veil or yashmak. Other meanings for the word "Hijab" include, screen, cover
(ing), mantle, curtain, drapes, partition, division, divider. 
Can we find the word "Hijab" in the Quran?? 
The word "Hijab" appeared in the Quran 7 times, five of them as "Hijab" and two 
times as "Hijaban,". See Quran 7:46, 33:53, 38:32, 41:5, 42:51, 17:45 and 
19:17. 
None of these "Hijab" words are used in the Quran in reference to what the 
traditional Muslims call today (Hijab) as a dress code for the Muslim woman.

God knows that generations after Muhammed's death the Muslims will use the 
word "Hijab" to invent a dress code that He never authorized. God used the 
word "Hijab" ahead of them just as He used the word "Hadith" ahead of them. 
Hijab in the Quran has nothing to do with the Muslim Women dress code.


HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: 

While many Muslims call "Hijab", an Islamic dress code, they completely ignore 
the fact that, Hijab as a dress code has nothing to do with Islam and nothing 
to do with QURAN. 
"Hijab" or veil can be traced back to early civilizations. It can be found in 
early and late Roman and Greek art. The evidence can be seen in archeological 
discoveries whether in pottery fragments, paintings or recorded civil laws. In 
Greco-Roman culture, both women and men wore head covering in religious 
contexts. The tradition of wearing the veil (by women) and the headcover (by 
men) was then adopted by the Jews who wrote it in the Talmud then the 
Christians adopted the same. A well respected Rabbi once explained to a group 
of Jewish young women, "We do not find a direct command in the Torah mandating 
that women cover their heads, but we do know that this has been the continuing 
custom for thousands of years." After the prophet Muhammad's death , the 
writers of the hadith books adopted and encouraged the ancient tradition of 
head covering. Hadith book' writers took after the Jews as they did with many 
other traditions , and alleged them to the prophet since the Quran did not 
command it. 
Any student of the Jewish traditions or religious books will see that head 
cover for the Jewish woman (and men) has been encouraged by the Rabbis and 
religious leaders. Observant Jewish women still cover their heads most of the 
time and specially in the synagogues, weddings, and religious festivities. 

Christian women cover their heads in many religious occasions while the nuns 
cover their heads all the time. 
As we can expect the traditional Arabs, of all religions, Jews, Christians and 
Muslims used to wear head cover, or "Hijab," not because of Islam, but because 
of tradition. In Saudi Arabia, up to this day most of the men cover their 
heads , not because of Islam but because of tradition. 
North Africa is known for its Tribe (Tuareg) that have the Muslim men 
wearing "Hijab" instead of women. Here the tradition has the hijab in reverse. 
If wearing Hijab is the sign of the pious and righteous Muslim woman, Mother 
Teresa would have been the first woman to be counted. 

In brief, hijab is a traditional dress and has nothing to do with Islam or 
religion. In certain areas of the world, men are the ones who wear the hijab 
while in others the women do. 
Mixing religion with tradition is a form of idolworship, since the followers of 
traditions are following laws from sources other than God's scriptures and 
claim it to be from God. Idolworship is the only unforgivable sin if maintained 
till death. 
Ignoring what God asks you to do in His book, or following innovated laws not 
stated in the the Quran, is a clear sign of disregarding God and His message. 
When tradition supersedes God's commandment, the true religion takes a second 
place. God never accepts to be second, God has to be always the FIRST and to 
HIM there is no second. 


THE WORD "KHIMAR" in the QURAN: 

"Khimar" is an Arabic word that can be found in the Quran in 24:31 While the 
first basic rule of Dress Code for the Muslim Women can be found in Quran 7:26, 
the second rule of the DRESS CODE FOR WOMEN can be found in Quran 24:31. Some 
Muslims quote verse 31 of sura 24 as containing the Hijab, or head cover, by 
pointing to the word, khomoorehenna, (from Khimar), forgetting that God already 
used the word Hijab, several times in the Quran. 
Those blessed by God can see that the use of the word "Khimar" in this verse is 
not for "Hijab" or for head cover. Those who quote this verse usually add (Head 
cover) after the word Khomoorehenna, and usually between ( ), because it is 
their addition to the verse not God's. See Quran 24:31 

"Khimar" is an Arabic word that means, cover, any cover, a curtain is a Khimar, 
a dress is a Khimar, a table cloth that covers the top of a table is a Khimar, 
a blanket can be used as a Khimar..etc. The word KHAMRA used for intoxicant in 
Arabic has the same root with Khimar, because both covers, the Khimar covers (a 
window, a body, a table . . . etc.) while KHAMRA covers the state of mind. 

In Quran 24:31 God is asking the women to use their cover (khimar)( being a 
dress, a coat, a shawl, a shirt, a blouse, a tie, a scarf . . . etc.) to cover 
their bosoms, not their heads or their hairs. If God so willed to order the 
women to cover their heads or their hair, nothing would have prevented Him from 
doing so. GOD does not run out of words. GOD does not forget. God did not order 
the women to cover their heads or their hair. 

God does not wait for a Scholar to put the correct words for Him! 

The Arabic word for CHEST, GAYB is in the verse (24:31), but the Arabic words 
for HEAD, (RAAS) or HAIR, (SHAAR) are NOT in the verse. The commandment in the 
verse is clear - COVER YOUR CHEST OR BOSOMS. 

The last part of the verse (24:31) show us that the details of the body can be 
revealed or not revealed by the dress you wear, not by your head cover. 

Notice also the expression in 24:31, 

This expression may sound vague to many because they have not understood the 
mercy of God. Again God here used this very general term to give us the 
freedom to decide according to our own circumstances the definition of "What 
is necessary". 

It is not up to a scholar or to any particular person to define this term. God 
wants to leave it personal for every woman and no one can take it away from 
her. Women who follow the basic rule number one i.e. righteousness, will have 
no problem making the right decision to reveal only which is necessary.


THIRD RULE : LENGTHEN YOUR GARMENTS 

The first regulation of DRESS CODE for Muslim women is in Quran 7:26, the 
second is in Quran 24:31 and the third is in Quran 33:59 

In Quran 33:59, God sets the other regulation for the dress code for the Muslim 
women during the prophet's life. 

Although the verse is talking to the prophet which means this regulation 
applies to the time of the prophet, just like the order in Quran 49:2, the 
description fits the spirit of Islam, and can teach us a great deal. 

If you reflect on this verse and how God ordered the prophet to tell his wives, 
his daughters and the wives of the believers to lengthen their garments, you 
would understand the great wisdom of the MOST WISE, the MOST MERCIFUL. In this 
verse, God, DELIBERATELY, (and all the TRUE believers know that everything GOD 
says, does, or did is DELIBERATE) said, tell them, to lengthen their garments, 
and never said how long is long. God could have said tell them to lengthen 
their garments to their ankles or to their mid-calf or to their knees, but HE 
DID NOT. He did not, OUT OF HIS MERCY, not because HE FORGOT as God does not 
forget. God knows that we will be living in different communities and have 
different cultures and insists that the minor details of this dress code will 
be left for the people of every community to hammer for themselves. 

It is clear from the above verses that the DRESS CODE for the Muslim women 
according to the Quran is righteousness and modesty. God knows that this 
modesty will be understood differently in different communities and that is why 
He left it open to us to decide for ourselves. Decide, after righteousness what 
is modesty. Modesty for a woman who lives in New York may not be accepted by a 
woman who lives in Cairo Egypt. Modesty of a woman who lives in Cairo, Egypt 
may not be accepted by a woman who lives in Saudi Arabia. 

Modesty of a woman who lives in Jidda in Saudi Arabia may not be accepted by a 
woman who lives in a desert oasis in the same country. This difference in the 
way we perceive modesty is well known to God, He created us, and He put NO 
hardship on us in this great religion. He left it to us to decide what modesty 
would be. For any person, knowledgeable or not to draw a line and make 
conclusion for God about the definition of modesty is to admit that he/she 
knows better than God. 

God left it open for us and no-one has the authority to restrict it, it has to 
stay open. 


The word "zeenatahunna" in this verse refers to the woman's body parts (beauty) 
that can be exaggerated by the movement of the body while walking and not to 
the artificial ornaments and decorations as some people interpret it or 
translate it. At the end of the verse, God told the women not to strike with 
their feet to show their "zeenatahunna." Striking the feet while walking can 
emphasize , exaggerate or shake certain parts of the body that do not need to 
be emphasized. It is important to remember that striking the feet while walking 
does not have this effect on the head, hair or face, they are not part of what 
God calls in this verse the hidden zeena. 

Accepting orders from anybody but God, means idol-worship. That is how serious 
the matter of Hijab/khimar is. Women who wear Hijab because of tradition or 
because they like it for personal reasons commit no sin, as long as they know 
that it is not part of this perfect religion. Those who are wearing it because 
they think God ordered it are committing Idol-worship, as God did not order it, 
the scholars did. These women have found for themselves another god than the 
One who revealed the Quran, complete, perfect and FULLY detailed to tell them 
they have to cover their heads to be Muslims. 

Idol-worship is the only unforgivable sin, if maintained till death, See Quran 
4:48. 


RELAXING THE DRESS CODE: 

In the family setting, God put no

 
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Dear Mr. Willems:

We have no objections to publishing your letter regarding the article in the form of an E-Mail from Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Furthermore, since the content of your correspondence conflicts with information we have received from the Royal Court and considering the highly sensitive nature of the religious issue that Queen Rania raised on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in Her Majesty's letter to Arab Times, we request that you inform us of the identity of the party that appointed you as their representative in this matter. Your correspondence nowhere clearly states that you are writing on behalf of the Queen. This leads us to question whether your office represents Queen Rania personally, Her Majesty's husband the King of Jordan, the Royal Hashemite Court, the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, or the Jordanian Intelligence Agency. 

Although Iam an American citizen, who holds a Jordanian Passport , Arab Times is an American publication that does not submit to Royal commands, ceremonies, or the other widespread Jordanian customs that result in the detention of writers and journalists as punishment for their writings As was mentioned by the State Department's Annual Report on Human Rights, international Human Rights organizations, and international organizations for the protection of journalists.

A caveat to keep in mind is that we received your letter after the receipt of a letter from Dr. Mohammad Al-Nezamy, an American citizen who also holds a Jordanian passport, who was detained and tortured in Jordanian prisons because of a joke he told in an internet chat room that concerned King Abdullah of Jordan. Before his release, Dr. Al-Nezamy was given a verbal message by the head of the Jordanian Intelligence Agency to me promising to kidnap and transport me from the United States to Jordan to punish me for what was published in the newspaper about the Royal Family. 

Please give my greetings to Her Majesty Queen Rania coupled with my hopes that we can reach an amicable solution that will protect Her Majesty's rights as well as those of the newspaper and its readers, according to the First Amendment rights granted and protected by the American, not Jordanian, Constitution.


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