By the time we took these pictures, I was just finished reading a book called A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. The book was released in 2007.
I found this book at goodwill and decided to buy it since I read good reviews about it. Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born American novelist & physician. His first book The Kite Runner was an international bestseller. Have you seen the movie? This is a must read book.
As with his first novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is also set against the volatile events in Afghanistan. From the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan war, to the rise of the Taliban regime. The book talks about the character of 2 Afghan women who struggle to survive to raise their families and find happiness in the midst of strict religious beliefs & traditions.
It’s a really sad human story, how women were treated in other parts of this earth. It’s a heart wrenching story. It just makes me sad to see how some groups of people think they are the righteous ones. And they are convinced they are God’s right hand who can set up rules and punishment toward other human beings. It’s sad to see that this is still happening in this twenty first century. I’m sad when people use the name of God to justify their bad behavior and make it seem it comes from God. They put God in a box and make Him so small that they think He needs help from his creatures.
This story makes me realized how lucky we who live in the free world are. Where you have equal rights and freedom to do things we want to do. To have freedom to wear what we want to wear. To have freedom to marry who we want to marry.
The black color of this ensemble keeps reminding me of the Afghan outfit that the Taliban force their woman to wear. It’s called the burqa. The burqa is a loose robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe. The only part open is the eyes. I don’t mind if women choose to wear it of their own will but not when someone forces them to wear it.
I don’t believe God created women to be covered like that from head to toe except eyes (I prefer hi jab over the burqa. I love seeing my Muslim friends wearing the hi jab. They are still stylish without losing the religious purpose). You can still be a godly woman by wearing modest clothes. I do believe that women should respect their bodies (that includes how we dress) because our bodies are the temple of God.
God sees the human heart. I believe God wants human beings to love Him and One Another. That’s the first rule we have to follow if we want this world to be a better place.
Alloy Tribal Top, New Direction Skirt (thrifted), Old Navy (flops)