By: Maidah Ahmad
Source: the Barrie Examiner
(Re: ‘Canada gets it right with veil rules’ in the Dec. 13 edition of the Examiner)
I believe in modesty and therefore I choose to dress modestly and cover my head in public.
This act of covering one’s head is not confined just to Islam, but is also present in other religions and cultures.
For instance, the tradition of a bride in the Christian church wearing a veil developed for similar reasons.
A couple of weeks ago I went to renew my health card at the local Service Ontario office and was asked politely to remove my head scarf for the picture. I obliged and for a couple of seconds I was still a practising Muslim despite not having a physical scarf on my head.
Muslims need to stop portraying and conceiving of Islam as being so inflexible and rigid that it becomes devoid of common sense. Islam is the only religion that claims to be a universal religion and therefore by its very raison d’être must be able to adapt to all societies and peoples.
If Canada has cited legitimate reasons for the need to observe one’s face during specific circumstances, then its citizens must comply.
For me, this issue does not require political or religious debate. It is more a question of common sense.
It is a shame to see a religious philosophy full of such wisdom being turned into a farce.