A survey of Muslim women finds many are frustrated by having a Islamic holy month in quarantine. But others say a ‘remote Ramadan’ is nothing new because child care duties often keep them home anyway.
“I’m a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the niqab — and every day I have to plan ahead. ‘Am I going to be attacked today or am I going to be abused today?’” added Shamin, from the West Midlands. “But it’s my right to be wearing it.”
Under the hashtag #MyHijabMyChoice, women have been calling to be left to make their own, personal decision about whether or not they wear a veil, without the interference of politicians.
In total, there are around 2.7 million Muslim people in the UK. While there are no official estimates of the number of women who wear veils, it’sreportedly very few. In France, for example, which has a larger Muslim population than the UK, it’s no more than a couple of thousand women.
But this debate about burqas stretches significantly further. Against a background of Brexit, which has already divided the nation, it’s become about migration, integration, and Islamophobia — with some raising concerns that it has the potential to encourage violence.
Source: Beyond Burqas: The Issues Facing British Muslim Women We Should Really Be Talking About : Global Citizen
Given the reaction of some parts of the media, one could be forgiven for assuming that Europe and the rest of the Western world has become besieged by burqa-clad women. The “fear” is now so rife that empty bus seats in Norway were mistaken for a group of women wearing the burqa.
Meanwhile, in a much derided stunt in Australia, far right leader Pauline Hanson wore a full-face covering burqa into the senate chamber. Hanson’s aim was to prohibit Muslim women from covering their faces and to get the burqa banned in the country.
To look at it, the burqa is simply a veil which covers the body and face – and yet it is also sometimes associated with oppression, terrorism, and extreme religious beliefs. Some burqas only have a mesh screen for the wearer to see through. The niqab, on the other hand, is a face veil worn with a headscarf which leaves the eyes uncovered, while the hijab is a scarf which covers the head and neck. In Europe, the term “burqa” is used to refer to women who wear robes to cover the body and face, but their eyes may be left uncovered, as seen in the main image of this article.
Controlling what women wear won’t curtail terrorism.
A campaign to provide information for Muslim couples about English civil marriages could mean Sharia councils fade away.
This is batant discrimination, as what would happen if a Nun went to the beach.
Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West, said the poor standard of English among many women in her constituency was a “huge barrier to integration”. Ten per cent of residents in Bradford West can’t speak English at all or “not well”, according to the 2011 census. In one inner city ward, Manningham, that figure is 22%.
Shah, whose own mother came over from Pakistan and could speak only broken English, said she welcomed David Cameron’s proposal.
Too many children in Bradford and elsewhere are starting school with no English because it is not spoken at home, and that has a knock-on effect for their education. Early years education starts in the home.
She said some in the Pakistani community seemed to be going backwards.
When my parents came over, my mum had to learn the basics in order to get by. Now, with the third and fourth generations…
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Does Islam say that the Wife Should Obey the Husband? Why are Marriages under Stress?
Several readers and listeners (to my presentations on women and islam) have pointed to certain lists and posts which are propagating the claim that according to Islam, the wife should Obey the husband. These scholars are saying that if a wife leaves the house for any reason, she must ask her husband’s permission.
Answer by Br. Kaukab Siddique: We must realize that according to the Qur’an, authority belongs to ALLAH ALONE.  Any attempt to give authority to any human being is SHIRK, which is the only sin Allah does not forgive.
The Qur’an is a progressive revelation which went through stages of development of the Muslim woman and the Muslim male. In the final analysis, male-female relations in…
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