“If you want to teach here, you have to wear a burqa”


“You just have to wear a burqa inside the school; you are free to take it off when you leave the school premises,”said the principal of a Karachi-based school while interviewing a candidate.

“It’s just a garment,” thought the candidate, and a garment that was helping her get a higher salary than all the other schools.

So she signed the teaching contract and took the burqa home with her. All day at home, that burqa in her bag haunted her. How could she don something all day that represented something she hadn’t fully accepted in her heart?

Wasn’t she lying to impressionable children?


Categories: Asia

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  1. Tags: Burqa, hijab, modesty
    Muslim Dress Survey
    When you think of women in Islam, do you picture someone in a headscarf or a veil or with no head covering at all? Well, a study by the University of Michigan last year has found quite a bit of variation over what constitutes proper dress for women in the Islamic world.

    Of 7 countries surveyed – Saudi Arabia favoured the face-covering niqab The black hijab or chador was the second favourite choice of citizens in Iraq and Egypt. But their favoured headwear is the white hiqab or basic al-Amira – which is also favoured by the majority of people in Tunisia and Turkey.

    To discuss the survey Lucy Hockings was joined by radio presenter and a teacher from Birmingham Shalina Litt; Rabiya Limbada – a senior producer at the BBC World Service; and Julia Suryakusuma from the world’s most populous Muslim country of Indonesia – to give us a sense of the latest fashion trends for women there.

  2. One has to be careful mixing of culture and guidelines given in holy book for observing pardah. I remember once a Bosnian Ahmadi Muslim, after having served six times daal in Jalsa Salana, complained that he initiated biait to become better Muslim and not to get sick by eating constantly daal, a favourite dish of Pakistani Ahmadies.

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