Tuesday, April 12, 2011

France ban on Burqas covering the face

 I read a discussion on the ban in the Huffington post. The discussion of the topic focused on liberty and covering the head custom or religion. By the way, I believe it is both. Islam came to people who practiced wearing a head covering as social distinction. Only a free woman could wear a veil. Ironic but it protected her from harsh weather and street harassment.

My comment on Huffington post:
The topic of the debate went the wrong way. France did not ban a traditiona­l Islamic attire. It did not ban Hijab (covering the hair). The ban is against burqas covering the face. Burqas covering the face are not part of an Islamic attire. It is rather an extremist Islamic attire. It is an extremist outfit, think of it as wearing a Halloween outfit all year round. Scary stuff?

Here is the proof of Hijab in Koran
Surah 24 An-Nu verse 31 explains: “ And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which necessaril­y appears thereof and to wrap a portion of their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except for their husbands, their fathers, their husbands….­” The verse is long so I am only quoting a part.
There is also evidence from Hadith that the prophet (May peace be upon him) instructed a family covering their daughters to show her face and her hands up to the wrist ( Alwajah wa Al kafeen).

Even in Muslim countries, those who choose to wear burqas covering the face are extremists Muslims. I encourage all western countries to put a similar ban for security reasons: who is behind the veiled faces. If you do not want to ban it in the US, at least follow these women and find out what are their male family members doing in their spare time.

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