BBC Debate: Is The Niqaab A Barrier To Justice?

The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles in promoting Hijab and modest dressing

The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment

Personally, I believe, Niqaab or face veil is too conservative in this day and age and creates a lot of different issues, one of which is an unnecessary friction with the societies that we have migrated to.

I believe that Hijab and modest dressing, without face veil is the way to go in the 21st century, at least in the Western world and a very large majority of the Muslims, almost 99 percent are voting with their actions. Full face veil is a small minority in Europe and USA.

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4 replies

  1. Veil is a sign of woman liberation from Current Naked liberalism, unethical fashion, social harassment, over consciousness about figure etc and become a sex icon and toy of the troy.
    Veil is not mere name of piece of cloth but it also has complete women education and training to enjoy her full, fledge life without any fear and become tradable commodity and symbol of enjoyment.

    Europe is needlessly focusing the “veil issue” which relates to the lives of a very small portion of European society. It is estimated that there are only about 2000 Muslim women in France and 30 in Belgium who wear burqa. European Establishments concern with the affairs of such a tiny minority represents a clear instance of cultural bigotry. Those wearing burqa were ridiculed as “walking-coffins” or ” asymmetrical cylinders”. In very cold winter people walk about with scarves tightly wrapped around their face. In those cases no security issue arises, but the wearing of burqa raises security concern. Burqa is regarded as a symbol of male domination by the self-proclaimed torchbearers of liberty but they do not know that Islam gave women the rights that the west could not even think about till 20th century. Burqa is worn as a matter of choice. Nowadays young women choose to wear full veil seeing it as a powerful statement of identity, The parliaments of various European countries are voting to legislate the banning of the veils, In Switzerland a ban on minarets was imposed. The campaign against Islamic symbols is on the rise because of a sense of insecurity in some Europeans. A ban on the burqa is bound to widen the differences rather than bridging them. It will just encourage discrimination against Muslims in European society.
    Niqab is part of freedom of expression and religion. It might be something you don’t like or respect, but it is the choice of women to make, if they want to cover their faces then they should and in many societies are free to do so.

    Wearing the Niqab has never been a security threat, and if one was to say in case it becomes a security threat, let’s BAN women from expressing their beliefs and determining for themselves what they want, then I say INCREASE and IMPROVE the security of institutions.

    There might be some Muslims who deny the niqab as having any legitimate basis in Islam, but when faced with evidence from Islamic traditions, I wonder, what evidence to they bring to support their preposterous arguments.

    And, Let’s for the sake of the argument say this has nothing to do with Islam, it still has everything to do with the right of women to determine for themselves how they want to dress.
    According to some western feminists, ban on burqa is violation of fundamental human right to choice for dress. To them the law does not aim at defending Muslim women rights but restricting the same. The burqa ban is, in fact, liberticidal, they argue. And it will not defend women dignity but increase racist aggression against Muslim women wearing veils.
    The niqab, hijab, and burqa are all Islamic, as they have been customary in parts of the Muslim world and are bound up in Muslim scripture and tradition for hundreds of years. Such clothes may very well have been inherited by Islam from pre-Islamic cultures, too. But that doesn’t change the fact that the clothes are closely identified with Islam. As for any rules REQUIRING or BANNING clothes are unnecessary.

    Not covering whole face or not is up to interpretation of various schools of thought and they shall be accountable on their intentions behind interpretation but I have numerous examples around me where women are doing complete veil and they are very much professional and active in every walk of life and living a very “respectable” and healthy life along with every contemporary suitable fashion and ornaments they may feel comfortable with.

  2. Mary the mother of Jesus is a perfect example of modesty and Hijab. No christian or Muslim can imagine Mary wearing a bikini and showing her boobs or buts in public as can be seen on the beaches of majority christian countries in USA and Europe. In the interest of peace and harmony, let us be more open minded and not bother the tiny minority of Muslim women who, following the precept of Mary, choose to hide their faces in public.
    Dr. Al Khan, Ahmadiyya, Richland, Washington

  3. With respect, there are no photographs or painintings of Mary, but we do know what Jewish women wore around 2000 years ago in the Middle East, and that included a loose covering over the head, with head coverings of one sort or another becoming the norm in the Christian world. In fact, until more recent times, Christian women were covered in much the same way as Muslims. But the world is constantly changing, especially in this past century, and along with that dress. We no longer consider it immodest to show the hair on our heads, or arms and legs. Rather, we cover up as the weather demands. That does not mean that women, or men for that matter, should overexpose, that is considered vulgar. We do not see women walk around the streets in bikinis, but what is wrong with in a swimming pool or on the beach? Most Western men don’t have an issue with that nowadays. We all know what the human body looks like. It is for Muslim men to change their attitude and not sexualise everything/body they see, which the Victorians also did, they even covered up table legs because they sexualised them. One should be able to appreciate a beautiful flower without needing to pull it out of the ground or pick it. Humans should have enough intelligence to control animal instincts, perhaps that should form part of their education too. We know that not everything is perfect in this world, but it seems that many Muslims are happy, even prefer, to live in what is referred to as Western countries, where they enjoy freedoms and privileges which don’t exist in most Muslim countries.

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