Should Britain Ban The Niqab Essay

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Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of Muslim women? Generalisations about Islam and Muslim's are pervasive in today's society. Recently there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue. Burka and niqab are two terms which are commonly used to describe a face-veil. The niqab, in essence, is a veil covering the entire face leaving the area around the eyes uncovered. The burka covers the whole body, including the face, with a mesh or voile around the eyes. The niqab is commonly worn in Britain by some Muslim women. Muslim women in face veils are frequently unfairly stigmatised. They are regarded as one hand oppressed and on the other as fanatics and fundamentalists. Both depictions are disgustingly wrong and imprecise. Such portrayals not only misrepresent these women's strong feelings towards the face-veil, but also fail to acknowledge the courage and resulting identity that the face veil gives them.The Niqab is supposed to be a blessing from god. Muslim women find the Niqab liberating and dignifying. It gives Muslim women opportunities to become closer to Allah (God) and quite importantly gives Muslim women the chance to be recognised as a Muslim. This is very similar to a Christian nun who covers her hair and body and devotes herself to god, yet why is the media so quick to judge a women wearing the Niqab when she is trying to do exactly the same thing as a nun?Miss Yasmin, A student at embrahim college, London said "Niqab is a very liberating and empowering experience. People I engage with judge me for my intellect and action; not necessarily for my appearance and beauty.The argument that the face veil is not a religious requirement but a relic of an archaic tradition, later adopted by misogynistic Muslims, is not plausible because some of the classical and mainstream scholars of Islam unanimously maintain that the niqab is predicated upon the basic principles of Islamic law. However, there is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars; some are of the view that the niqab is not an obligation, while others consider it to be recommended or permissible.This difference of opinion is based on the interpretation of the verses in the Qur'an (Islam's holy book) that refer to the dress code of women. One of these verses is as follows:'…They should draw their head coverings over their bosoms…' [Surah Nur; 31]Those who say a woman must cover her face use this verse to argue that if God orders a woman to draw her head covering over her bosom, it implies that she will be covering her face. While other scholars state that the verse indicates wrapping the scarf around the face and allowing it to drape over the bosom.In Britain everyone has freedom of what they want to wear. And still there is such a big commotion over the face veil! The niqab is only a religious garment and the media is judging it nevertheless. Society is corrupted, why do...

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