A Year After

Dramatic heading, isn’t it? :) Not so dramatic content of it, however; it’s just been over a year I’ve been in Czech. Nothing much seems to be changed; Islam still lifts newspapers’ popularity with deeply suggestive content (I’m now referring to a magazine made by a newspaper claiming to be the most serious news oracle in the whole country, which put in sale a very blatant article pretending to be neutral interview with Muslim women, but ending being simply awful and once again damaging the fame of the small and already torn apart Islamic community of Czech Republic).
People still do stare on hijab, at least in the small towns, and officialities are still pain in butt to get done. I’ve, however, managed to get half of my work done already, which is positive – my criminal record didn’t require any waiting time anymore as it used to be, and I got it instantly after asking for it. Yay me!
Now the harder part, but inshallah even that will get through.
My travel wasn’t unpleasant, neither jolly, as I hate the murmur of airports and looking for the gates (Dubai airport has got around 300 departure gates, it indeed is very big and somewhat confusing place; Heathrow still leads in confusion, nevertheless.)
As I departed from Kuwait during the night, before fajr prayer came into the play, I’ve had the possibility to enjoy a great show on my second flight from Dubai, when we were crossing over Iran; Shiraz is a very mountainous area and offers a great deal of amazing aerial views. Early morning, clear sky, precious land under us, with tiny dots of housings and villages scattered throughout the mountains.

I’ve slept more than half of the flight and usually started to nap when clouds came into the picture, as that is rather boring (and quite painful for my eyes as well) to watch; woke up over Romania and enjoyed another bunch of hilly, snowy views, than woke up after Wien, which is almost at home, so I stayed up, read up a book from duty free shop I bought in Dubai, and enjoyed juices and chocolate a flight attendant kept on bringing to me, obviously fond of me, but without any signs of any kind of interest from my side – a little more tucked in the hijab and abaya, perhaps, after I realized it.
I miss my husband and little daughetr already, but things have to be done and they’re not gonna be done without me being here; so – let’s roll.

PS.: Excuse the quality of the pictures in this entry; they’re taken on iPod, as my camera was having a lift in my luggage so I won’t be dragging too many bags with me, and iPod was the only device I could use to get a snap of at least a little of what I liked so much. Plus, small area of economy class seating doesn’t allow much space to position myself, either.


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    Um Abbas

    Niqab (face cover), however, is not Islamic, but traditional, just pointing this out.
    I don’t refuse niqab, especially in countries where it has its tradition; I don’t support its usage in European/American and other, basically non-Muslim, countries. It creates a barrier between the majority of public and the Muslim woman.
    I’ve worn face veil at several occasions in Kuwait, but for a simple reason to hide away, when I was in uncomfortable situations with many men around, such as immigration office, or TBC checking centre for immigrating people, or police.
    I wouldn’t wear it in Czech, and I don’t support it at all; I’m not for complete assimilation, but I’m also against complete isolation, which, in my own opinion, is created in such a way.
    Hijab, a hair covering scarf, however, should be a choice as any other piece of clothes, such as skirt, baseball hat, or jeans; it’s in the end fully up to the person, what fashion he or she wants to wear, as far as it’s not being naked.
    I don’t agree with Saudi enforcement of abayas and face covers, as much as I don’t agree with hijab bans over France, Turkey and Europe. Not niqab, hijab.
    Btw., nice English of yours, kudos. :)

  2. Azazelia

    The pictures looks like from fairy tale, like the begining of stories about Krakonoš :)
    Hope everything you need will be done without any problems.
    And about muslims here in Czech, I´ve got that magazine here but I haven’t read it yet.. I do not have any problem with them, in my opinion it’s better that some stupid sects which in general aren’t based on real faith…
    What can be problem in my opinion is that if muslim woman with covered face goes for example to the bank, because it can be easily misused by thiefs. Someone can just wear this clothes to hide his face, than show gun, say give me money and run away. Police can’t see the person properly on the camera so it’s more difficult to find this person. If “normal” thief came to the bank in mask, everyone knows that it’s not normal customer, but if you are in muslims clothes, you look normal and nobody pays attention. (in Czech probably they do, but I think its different in countries like UK or France where lives more muslims than there.)

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