Good Grief, France


We’re a bit late to the scene, but in case you haven’t heard, France has done it again:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out strongly against the wearing of the burka by Muslim women in France.

They’re trying to “free us.” Again. For the full article and further information, visit the BBC news stories here and here.

Muslims around the world were outraged by these ridiculous comments, not least of them sisters in niqab. Here are excerpts of responses from some of our sisters, followed by links to the full articles:

1.  Why is the Flap on My Face a Slap in Yours, Mr. Sarkozy?

by: Sadaf Farooqi

Here we go again. After the hue and cry following the comments made by Jack Straw in 2006, another political statement made very publicly by a notable politician in Europe has sent the Muslim Ummah into a defensive global backlash and rhetoric. As for the tremendous vocal support Sarkozy’s comments have garnered, both from non-Muslims and secular-minded Muslims, it is indeed a shame, a staggeringly startling shame, for people who claim to be champions of ‘freedom’ and ‘equality’, to support any kind of ban on an individual’s choice of dress.

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2. Niqabi, interrupted

by: Na’ima B. Robert

I put on my niqab, my face veil, each day before I leave the house, without a second thought. I drape it over my face, tie the ribbons at the back and adjust the opening over my eyes to make sure my peripheral vision is not affected.

Had I a full-length mirror next to the front door, I would be able to see what others see: a woman of average height and build, covered in several layers of fabric, a niqab, a jilbab, sometimes an abayah, sometimes all black, other times blue or brown. A Muslim woman in ‘full veil’. A niqabi.

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3. Sarkozy – The naked truth

by: Yvonne Ridley

POLITICAL opportunist Nicolas Sarkozy forgot three fundamental lessons when he decided to denounce the burka.

The first one is that men should stay well clear of becoming embroiled in expressing opinions on women’s clothes, unless of course you happen to be called Lacroix, Gaultier, Lagerfeld or Ghesquiere.

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