Modernist Muslims UK

Muslim Calls For Same Ban on Burka as in France…….

No smelly black bag for her

Saira Khan:The veil is a tool of oppression used to alienate and control women under the guise of religious freedom […] Two years ago, I wore a burkha for the first time for a television programme. It was the most horrid experience. It restricted the way I walked, what I saw, and how I interacted with the world.

It took away my personality. I felt alienated and like a freak. It was hot and uncomfortable, and I was unable to see behind me, exchange a smile with people, or shake hands.

If I had been forced to wear a veil, I would certainly not be free to write this article. Nor would I have run a marathon, become an aerobics teacher or set up a business.

We must unite against the radical Muslim men who love to control women.
My message to those Muslims who want to live in a Talibanised society, and turn their face against Britain, is this: ‘If you don’t like living here and don’t want to integrate, then what the hell are you doing here? Why don’t you just go and live in an Islamic country?’
Unfortunately, the liberal “modernist” thinking of Muslims like Saira Khan, does not hold sway within the Islamic institutions of orthodoxy that set the tone for Muslim communities around the world.
The seat for Islamic orthodoxy, in Cairo’s Al-Azhar university, is one of the biggest dispensers of backward medieval Islamic thinking to the Islamic world, and would find little difficulty in negating the forward thinking of Saira Khan. Think about it, while there are undoubtedly modern, peaceful Muslims like Ms.Khan, there is no such thing as modern, peaceful Islam. It just doesn’t exist, no matter how we would like to wish it into existence. KGS

In the predominantly Muslim enclaves of Derby near my childhood home, you now see women hidden behind the full-length robe, their faces completely shielded from view. In London, I see an increasing number of young girls, aged four and five, being made to wear the hijab to school.

Shockingly, the Dickensian bone disease rickets has reemerged in the British Muslim community because women are not getting enough vital vitamin D from sunlight because they are being consigned to life under a shroud.

Thanks to fundamentalist Muslims and ‘hate’ preachers working in Britain, the veiling of women is suddenly all-pervasive and promoted as a basic religious right. We are led to believe that we must live with this in the name of ‘tolerance’.

And yet, as a British Muslim woman, I abhor the practice and am calling on the Government to follow the lead of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and ban the burkha in our country.

The veil is simply a tool of oppression which is being used to alienate and control women under the guise of religious freedom.

My parents moved here from Kashmir in the 1960s. They brought with them their faith and their traditions – but they also understood that they were starting a new life in a country where Islam was not the main religion.

My mother has always worn traditional Kashmiri clothes – the salwar kameez, a long tunic worn over trousers, and the chador, which is like a pashmina worn around the neck or over the hair.

When she found work in England, she adapted her dress without making a fuss. She is still very much a traditional Muslim woman, but she swims in a normal swimming costume and jogs in a tracksuit.

I was born in this country, and my parents’ greatest desire for me was that I would integrate and take advantage of the British education system.

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