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09 October 2009

Canadian Muslim group calls for burka ban

Burka stems from Qaeda and Taliban: founder


A Canadian Muslim group is calling on Ottawa to ban the wearing of the burka in public, the group's founder told Al Arabiya on Thursday.

Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC), told Al Arabiya that there were many reasons to ask for this ban including security.

" The Quran teaches modesty, however it does not have one word about covering the face. It is a tribal custom that is promoted by extremists such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban " Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress

"A bank was robbed by people wearing burqas. It is a real risk."

The burka, Fatah added, stems from extremists and does not represent Islam's true meaning.

"The Quran teaches modesty, however it does not have one word about covering the face. It is a tribal custom that is promoted by extremists such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban."

Fatah added that surprisingly, it is women raised in Canada that are the majority of burka wearers. "They are mostly second generation Pakistani or Bangladeshi."

Fatah, originally from Pakistan himself, added that the burka harms women by decreasing their chances of getting employment and encouraging a distorted practice of Islam where women's rights are undermined.

In August of 2009 Muslim French minister Fadela Amara called for a ban on the burka calling it the "cancer" of radical Islam in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper.

"Those who have struggled for women's rights back home in their own countries, I'm thinking particularly of Algeria, we know what it represents and what the obscurantist political project is that lies behind it, to confiscate the most fundamental of liberties," said Amara.

On Tuesday, Egypt's top Islamic school al-Azhar's Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, banned women from wearing the burka or face veil inside all its affiliate schools inciting students to stage demonstrations.

Controversy arose in Quebec in 2007, when an election official said veiled Muslim women would have to take off their veil if they wanted to vote.

A "minuscule" issue

" Why is this such an issue to them? These girls are causing no harm to themselves or society " Wahida Valiante, chair and president of the Canadian Islamic Congress

Wahida Valiante, chair and president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, told Al Arabiya that such bans violate people's rights and create an "unhealthy environment" in a country known for "understanding and celebrating people's difference."

Valiante said that the burka issue was "minuscule" and that by drawing attention to it the image of Islam was being tarnished in the process. She added that there was no research done or statistics given on burka wearers to support the ban request.

"Why is this such an issue to them?" Valiante said."These girls are causing no harm to themselves or society."

Burka not the issue
" Islam is such a simple religion. It has no pope, no Imams, only the love of Allah… We must oppose extremists in every way we can. We must fight for peace "
Fatah

Fatah insisted the issue was not the burka itself but the distorted practice of Islam that those promoting the burka have.

"Islam is such a simple religion. It has no pope, no Imams, only the love of Allah… We must oppose extremists in every way we can. We must fight for peace."

The proposal calls for the banning of not only burkas but also masks and niqabs. However, it does not call for the banning of the hijab which covers just the hair.

The MCC's mission states it is "a grassroots organization that provides a voice to Muslims who are not represented by existing organizations; organizations that are either sectarian or ethnocentric, largely authoritarian, and influenced by a fear of modernity and an aversion to joy."

3 comments:

  1. one thing is sure they better stay far away from me. i dont want them to represent me

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  2. Wow, instead of banning the burqa how about we ban stupid people! I think that would solve a lot more problems.

    I cannot believe he used the excuse that "a bank was robbed by people wearing burqa." About 99% of banks are robbed by people NOT wearing burkas.. probably ski masks.. so should we ban ski masks too now?

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  3. Stupid! Islam is beautiful religion, but it is not so simple... No Imams? Oh, really? What does he mean, anyway? According to him, there is no jamia prayer since you need an imaam to lead the prayer for a congregation? And what about the theology and Islamic law issues? We need scholars to interpret the religion for us because not everyone knows Arabic and not everyone has got enough knowledge to understand the Qur'an properly, even if one knows Arabic. If you read Qur'an without anyone to guide you with knowledge, then you might understand it incorrectly and if everyone wanted to be an imaam or a scholar for himself, one would have to interpret the Book on his own because there would be no-one to tell him how to understand it, then we would have as many interpretations of Islam, as many Muslims out there, in this world, but it's not gonna work. Nothing is so simple and Islam is for those who reflect, not for the losers who can't use their brains properly...
    How can a Muslim dare to ban a burqa? Firstly,this is a limit to people's personal freedom. Secondly, this is the way that Mothers of the believers used to cover - for them, covering the face was an obligation, because of their high status as the pious wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him. So, no Muslim has the right to say it is not based in Islam. Yes, it existed before Islam but with the advent of Islam, the niqab remained obligatory for the wives of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, while it was not obligatory upon other Muslim women. However, if a Muslim woman wants to follow the example of the Mothers of the Believers, then why shall she be stopped from doing this? It is her choice! Who are they to tell me what to wear?! It's none of their business and it should be totally out of the question, to even start a debate on the burqa!;(- 'It does not have an Islamic basement?' Oh, really? So,did he mean the wives of the Prophet were practising the customs of the Jahiliyya?... ('audhu billaahi min...?!) May better guard his own business! lol

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