Denmark’s Parliament bans wearing of face veils in public

Source: CNN

Denmark’s parliament banned the wearing of face coverings in public spaces Thursday in a move that critics say will criminalize Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa.

The measure will come into force on August 1, Reuters news agency reported. Fines will range from 1,000 Danish crowns ($160) for a first offense to 10,000 crowns for a fourth violation, the news agency said.

The ban is the latest in a series to be approved by European lawmakers. A ban on wearing the full-face veil in public went into force in France in 2011. Restrictions on full-face veils are also in place in Belgium, Austria and parts of Switzerland, while other European countries have debated the issue.

Lawmakers in Quebec, Canada, passed a bill last October that would require public workers and citizens seeking government services to have their faces uncovered.

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  1. What do you expect from the so called civilised Danes? They must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. God has created diverse human beings to live in this tiny global village of one family. Creation by its very nature is diverse with different species, different communities, different cultures and languages. These differences represent the beauty and wonder but diversity is sometimes not fully appreciated, resulting in all sorts of clashes. The British society and Establishment must learn to respect and accommodate others, as if in a family.

    Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. Multiculturalism is even more important and crucial after 9/11 and 7/7. Muslim youths are also likely to feel alienated by a focus on shared Brutishness, rather than multicultural diversity. Rather than promoting a single British “us” teaching should acknowledge that “us” can be diverse and plural. Children should be encouraged to explore differences in appearance, history and religion to reduce social and educational fears.

    A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. The whole world belongs to Muslims. Muslims are part and parcel of the European society. The number of Muslims is on the increase because of never ending immigration, high birth rate and conversion. Now the elected Mayor of London is a Pakistani Muslim and tomorrow the elected British PM would be a Pakistani Muslim.

    People are people, regardless of where they were born, what colour their skin is, or whatever religion. All deserve respect. Tolerance in Sweden/Britain is an illusion. The problem isn’t immigrants not adapting to British culture, it’s Brits showing much disrespect and scorn to those who are of any immigrant background. even if an immigrant was well versed in English, knew the customs etc. would they still get employment? No. Would Brits treat them as a decent human? No. So why would they want to assimilate into a culture that is constantly tearing them down? Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity.
    Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society.

    A vast majority of people in this world just want to live their lives with their families and friends, and don’t give a hoot about what other people do, as long as they can go on with their families and friends. I find it almost impossible to believe that most Muslims want to kill people who don’t share their views. The matter at hand is how to change the mind-set of people so a higher percentage does not turn to violence. One should not lump all individuals of any particular Faith in with the violent actions of a few misguided individuals who USE Religion to justify their violent actions. Every now and then a Muslim kills in the US and some people jump on ALL Muslims, as though WHITES, CHRISTIANS or otherwise, do not kill. They forget that non-Muslim killing far outnumbers Muslim killing in the US. They call for the expulsion of Muslims. The BEST SOLUTION would be for all FOREIGNERS to go back to their roots and return the country to the original AMERICAN NATIVES. Is this not a FAIR PROPOSAL? LOL! You white Christians have destroyed the Native Americans and it is only fair and right that YOU be destroyed by other communities.

    A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities. Muslim families are as entitled as any other religious group to schools that nurture their children’s faith. Muslim pupils should be educated in Muslim schools because the current system is marginalising them. Teaching Muslim children in a Muslim school would remove the “problem of them being exposed” to values that conflict with Islamic faith. Muslim pupils are disadvantaged and marginalised in the city’s state schools because the cultural heritage of the curriculum is “European and Christian”.

    No one has any problem when: Jews keep beards and wear their traditional caps Christian priests and nuns wear their religious outfits Buddhist monks wear orange robes Sikhs keep beards and wear turbans Indian aunties wear Sarees (cross streets and hang out in Wal-Mart) Yeah but if any Muslim male keeps beard or if any Muslim girl wears hijab then everyone has problem. It’s Freedom when you go naked but it’s extremism when you wear hijab – just plain hypocrisy! Looking at the case of France, a major secular nation, I believe it is also not allowing women freedom by not letting her to wear her choice of clothing as it supposedly “clashes with French secular values”.

    Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch.

    Muslim community in all western countries need Masajid, state funded Muslim schools, Halal meat, sharia laws, time off for Friday afternoon prayers in the Masjid, two religious holidays per year and Muslim cemeteries. West must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. Don’t these hypocrites idiots know what their ancestors did to Native American Indians they slaughtered 150 millions of Native American Indians! and also do they know that Great Britain invaded 80% countries around the world? They should call them terrorist first and as well call their ancestors terrorist! British did the same to Native American Indians and sadly they still treat Native American Indians badly! So Americans Indians know how you Muslims feel! They stolen Indian land and killed 150 millions of Indians the British did! They were forced to go to the white man’s school and learn the
    language, culture and faith of the white man. Inspite of that, they are still the underdogs of the American society.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

  2. My dear Iftikhar, I feel your pain and frustration. But it would have benefitted you greatly if you had researched the teachings of Hijab. In Islamic Hijab the covering of face is not prescribed. So why get so angry. Misinterpretations and misrepresentations of some orthodox Muslim Mullahs is not Islam. Islam is in the Holy Quran. Please quote the verse of the Quran where face cover is prescribed? Take a deep breath and relax. Then put a veil on your face and walk a few steps inside your house. I don’t want you to get hurt!!!

    • True you are. Quran has verses about veil. Unfortunately culture penetrated and actual teachings of Quran on veil mixed up thus Western countries playing with this issue.

  3. Very interesting to be discussed about women’s dressing.
    2 Ahmadiyyah members have different interpretation about Burqa, Hijab
    IFTIKHAR is in favor Burqa or Niqab
    CS is in favor Hijab.

    O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e.screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known so as not to be annoyed. And Allâh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. QS 33;59 QS 24;31

    PROGRESSIVE MUSLIM VIEW.
    So Burqa, Hijab, or Veil is not the Islamic dressing code, but the Arab traditional dress who live in desert at ancient times.
    There are two reasons why women wear burqa:
    1. In order women can not be abducted or be kidnapped by enemy for sex-slave.
    2.In order women can not be harmed by stormsand.

    Progressive Muslim urge women do not need to cover your head, hands and leg, just dress moderately will be fine.

    Ahmadiyyah women should follow Progressive Interpretstion of Islam specially the women dressing. Women who live in the West do not need to wear hijab or burga. Dont feel sinful.

    All love ❤️

    • Somi, you are always quoting Christian writings, but you ignore that in all pictures of the Mother of Jesus she is wearing a hijab.

      • Rafiq please explan it to me this verse.

        O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e.screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known so as not to be annoyed. And Allâh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. QS 33;59 QS 24;31

        According to this verse women should cover the whole body like Burqa or veil ( Like Taliban women).
        My question is; why does Ahmadiyyah do not ask women to wear veil or burqa like Taliban women— instead of Hijab— open face. Face of women are more attractive than hair. Why ?

        All love ❤️

      • I do not discuss for the sake of discussing. Riffat and others have explained our view many times.

  4. @Somi: The verse you have quoted does not mean covering of face. This is your translation or whoever did it. I interpret it as moderate dress covering the body appropriately not revealing large parts of it.
    In Islam the concept of hijab applies to both men and women. The only difference is that covering of head is a choice for men and compulsory for women. This is to facilitate working for men as they are responsible for providing for their families. (Such as hard labor etc) Women can work but as they are not responsible for providing for their families, they can choose those jobs where hijab is not a problem. (This includes most jobs these days)

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